Patrick J. Bird Dissertation Award
HHP Dean Emeritus Patrick J Bird established the award to recognize doctoral students with exceptional promise, and to encourage the highest levels of scholarship, research, and scientific impact as they complete their dissertation.
- Eligible students include all HHP Ph.D. students who have passed their qualifying exam and been admitted to candidacy, but will not graduate until the Fall 2017 semester or thereafter.
- The dissertation topic must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee, as represented by a letter of nomination signed by the supervisory committee chair.
Applications must be e-mailed to Sarah Eberhart and include required documentation as PDF files. Please include the following documents:
- A letter of nomination from the chair of the candidate’s supervisory committee, briefly describing why the dissertation is sufficiently meritorious for consideration
- A letter of application from the student nominee describing long-term interests, career aspirations, and how the dissertation fits in the scope of these ambitions
- A summary (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins) of the proposed dissertation topic, not to exceed two pages. An appendix (also not to exceed two pages) may be included for references and non-textual material, such as figures or tables. The summary may include, but does not necessitate the following elements:
- Background and Significance, Approach, Methods, (Pilot) Results, Potential for Broader Impact
- A current CV emphasizing the applicant’s potential for scholarly productivity (i.e., refereed publications, abstracts, presentations) and other factors that denote excellence
Evaluation will be conducted by the HHP Graduate Faculty Committee and will consist of a holistic review of application materials. The scientific rigor and potential impact of the proposed project will be of primary importance. Evidence of the following will also be considered:
- Innovation, novelty, and creativity
- Promise for discipline specific advancement
- The quality of the major professor’s (supervisory committee chair) letter of nomination
- The quality of the nominee’s letter of application
- The potential for publication
- The quality of the writing
- Rotating the award across students from each department over succeeding years
Completed application packets (PDF files) must be submitted to Sarah Eberhart no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 4:00pm.