Outstanding Master’s Thesis

The Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis recognizes graduate students for excellence in their master’s thesis. The focus of this award is on the quality and contribution of the student’s thesis research. The excellence of the master’s thesis may be demonstrated by evidence such as (but not limited to): publications in refereed journals, awards and recognition from professional organizations, and praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field.


Students can only win the university award once.

Application Requirements

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted electronically to your College’s Associate Dean for Graduate Studies for consideration for the college award. The college associate dean will charge a committee to evaluate the documentation submitted by the nominees and select the person to receive the college award. The selected award winner for each college will then be forwarded to the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies by email at gradawards@ucf.edu for consideration for the university award. Forwarded files must contain a letter of support from the college Dean/School Director or his/her designee.


Each winner of the university awards will receive a certificate and a cash award of $1,500. For each university award, as many as two honorable mentions can be awarded and each will receive a certificate at Founders Day in early April.

Past Winners