Established in 2014, this award was created to recognize the student with the highest achievement in master's degree research based on projects completed. Criteria for selection are as follows: Graduate degree-seeking candidates who completed a thesis as part of the requirements for the master's degree during the dates specified in the announcement of the award. Application guidelines are available from graduate coordinators in academic departments. Each department will select one thesis from among those submitted to forward to the Council on Graduate Studies for consideration. The department or program will submit to the Graduate School a digital copy of the thesis being nominated: a digital copy of an abstract of the thesis not to exceed 300 words, which describes the research and its significance; a digital one-page resume of the nominee, and a letter from the graduate faculty mentor noting the significance and quality of the work. The award includes possible nomination for the Midwest Association of Graduate School (MAGS) Distinguished Thesis Award, and recognition during the Distinguished Graduate Student Awards Ceremony. The award recipient will be selected and announced in the Fall semester and paid in the following Spring semester. The minimum award, in the amount of $500, will be paid directly to the alumni recipient.