Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

On March 11th the University announced that beginning March 16th instruction for all students will be moving to a remote delivery format. On March 18th, it was announced that the University is extending remote course delivery through the spring semester. Learn more at gradschool.psu.edu/covid19.

In the interest of protecting the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and community members, the Graduate School has adjusted its operations to a remote format. Official business is being conducted by email, phone or videoconference until further notice. MORE INFO>

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The Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award recognizes excellence in master’s-level thesis research in any of the disciplinary areas of Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences - Applied and Basic; Physical and Computational Sciences - Applied and Basic; Life and Health Sciences; and Engineering.  Pending receipt of qualified nominations, at least five $2,500 awards will be supported annually for the selected nominees - one in each of five disciplinary areas represented above.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in residence in an M.S. or M.A. program and completing a thesis; be in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 3.5; have completed all required course work for the degree and received approval for their thesis topic; and be in their final year of graduate work.  A student enrolled in a PhD program (concurrently or in a program in which the master’s is completed along the way) is ineligible for consideration.  Those completing research doctorate degrees may be nominated for the Alumni Association Dissertation Award at such time when they meet relevant eligibility guidelines. University employees receiving educational privileges are not eligible for this University scholarship/award in accordance with Penn State policies HR36 and HR38. 

For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration.

View the full list of Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award recipients.