Doctoral Dissertation Award

Purpose of the Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding recent doctoral candidates whose research contributes significantly to an understanding of some aspect of information science. The award is intended to encourage participation of new PhDs in the activities of a professional association by providing a forum for the presentation of their research and assisting them with some travel support.


The nominee must meet the following qualifications:

  • Nominees must have completed their doctorates in the time period between June 15, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
  • Dissertations must fall within the scope of information science, including, but not limited to, the scope of JASIST: “the production, discovery, recording, storage, representation, retrieval, presentation, manipulation, dissemination, use, and evaluation of information and on the tools and techniques associated with these processes.
  • Nominee must be a current member in good standing of ASIS&T.


Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Importance of the topic to theory development and/or practical applications in information science
  • Soundness of methodology
  • Organization and clarity of the presentation
  • Quality of data (when applicable)

Nominations Process

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 pm US Pacific Time on the deadline date.

Nominations must include:

  • The final, submitted version of the entire dissertation
  • A letter of endorsement from the nominee’s dissertation advisor

Selection Process

Award winners shall be selected by a jury composed of ASIS&T members.

  • Each of the submissions shall be scored by the selection criteria on a five-point scale.
  • Only one winner will be selected in a given year.
  • In the event that the Jury decides that none of the submitted dissertations should be recognized, no award may be given that year.

Nature of the Award

The ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 1974 and is administered by the Education and Professional Advancement Committee Committee. Beginning in 1997, ProQuest undertook sponsorship of the award. The award consists of a US$1,000 prize, a certificate, and up to US$500 towards travel or other expenses of the award recipient, contingent upon the recipient’s attending the ASIS&T annual meeting. The winner may be given the opportunity to present a summary of the doctoral research at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. If runners-up are designated, they will receive letters of “honorable mention,” signed by the ASIS&T President, but shall not share in the award.

Presentation of the Award

The award shall be presented at the Awards Ceremony held during the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Important Dates

  • Jury Appointment: March 15
  • Submission Deadline: March 31
  • Selection Deadline: May 15


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Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

The 2018 AAEA Awards Nomination deadline has passed.
Please check back in November 2018 for the 2019 awards.

The Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award is given in recognition of development of professional excellence by persons writing doctoral dissertations in any field consistent with the AAEA vision statement. A maximum of three awards are given each year, and a $1000 cash prize accompanies each award.

Nomination Guidelines

Nominations are due on February 8, 2018.

  • The nominator must be a 2018 AAEA member.
  • One nomination may be submitted for every 12 doctoral dissertations of a department that was presented to a graduate school faculty in the calendar year preceding the year of recognition. Selection will be made from documentation approved in final form by the student's advisory committee. Departments should limit nomination consideration to dissertations in fields consistent with the vision statement.
  • A published dissertation may be entered for the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award as well as other AAEA Annual Awards, but is only eligible to win one award that year.

To nominate,fill out the online Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award Nomination Form linked below. The form will ask you to upload onePDF filecontaining all the Award Nomination Materials in the order listed below.

Award Nomination Materials

  • Nomination Letter
    • Maximum of three single spaced pages
    • Concise statement summarizing the reasons why the nominee is worthy of the award
  • Copy of the dissertation
    • Electronic format is preferred
    • If materials must be submitted in hard copy form, nine copies of the publication should be sent to the AAEA Business Office at 555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Nomination Form Link:

If you have any questions about your nomination, or the nomination process, please contact Vanessa Nicholas at or (414) 918-3190.


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