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Outstanding Thesis/Project Award

2021-2022 Outstanding Thesis/Project Award Recipients

Congratulations to our latest Outstanding Thesis/Project Award Recipients: 

  • Diana Ramirez, Master of Social Work, for her project, Barriers to the Use of Palliative and Hospice Care among the Latino Population
  • Chelsea Schweer, M.A. in Mathematics, for her thesis, Verifying Sudoku Puzzles

Diana and Chelsea will be honored during Graduate Education Week; learn more about their exceptional work and that of past winners! 

Their outstanding work is available on CSUSB ScholarWorks

Nomination Process

Each program may nominate one thesis or project for submission; submissions are judged for their originality, significance, quality, and outcomes. A call for nominations is sent to faculty during the spring term and winners are announced the following fall.

There are two categories:

  • Outstanding Thesis/Project: Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business
  • Outstanding Thesis/Project: Biological Sciences, Computer Science and Technology, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Life Sciences.

One student will be awarded in each category.

Award Deadlines

Nomination deadlines are announced each spring term. The 2022 deadline is August 1st. 


Nomination Procedure

Graduate Studies accepts one nominee from each degree program, thus one from the MA in Education program, the MA in Psychological Science, the MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, etc.  Programs may nominate either a thesis or a project.  

Nomination materials should be assembled in the following order and be submitted electronically as one PDF file.

The nomination must include:

  • A non-technical summary prepared by the student (1,000-1,500 words) describing the research and its significance for a general academic audience of non-specialists.  Students should include their name, degree, and title of the thesis or project in a running head or on the first page of the summary.
  • One letter from either the department head or committee chair. The letter should include the following information: (1) The significance of the thesis/project, (2) The contribution of the thesis/project to the program, and (3) The impact of the thesis/project on the knowledge base of the discipline. 
  • A CV or resume from the student nominee. 

A panel of faculty members from various disciplines will evaluate the submissions. Theses and projects will be judged based on four criteria:

  1. Originality
  2. Significance of the study  
  3. Overall quality
  4.  Contribution to the discipline/profession

Nominations can be submitted electronically to 

Please contact our office at (909) 537-5058 if you have any questions.