This award recognizes the highest achievement in graduate research from each of the four academic colleges based on master's thesis projects completed between 10/1/11 and 9/30/12. Recipients will be selected from among those who are nominated for, but do not receive, the EIU Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. Graduate degree-seeking candidates who completed a thesis as part of the requirements for the master's degree during the dates specified are eligible. Application guidelines are available from graduate coordinators in academic departments. Award winners are selected by an Awards Subcommittee of the Council on Graduate Studies. Four awards will be given per year- one each in the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Education and Professional Studies, the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, and the College of Sciences.