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Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Graduate School holds the Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award Competition each year. The Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Both methodological and substantive quality will be judged. Awards are given each year in four broad disciplinary areas:

  1. Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering
  2. Social Sciences
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts
  4. Biological and Life Sciences

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) uses these categories for its annual national dissertation awards. Recipients of the University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Award will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and may be nominated by the university for the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Eligible candidates are UMD PhD graduates who have defended and submitted their dissertation to the Graduate School in the calendar year 2016.

Nomination Process: Each college/school has been allocated a specific number of nominations based on the number of PhDs that are awarded annually. Please see Appendix B in the guidelines to view the allocations.  Colleges must submit nominations by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.*

*Eligible students must contact their college for information about the college's selection process and the internal deadline.

Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award Guidelines

Nomination Form


Past Award Recipients

Awards for 2017
Awards for 2016
Awards for 2015
Awards for 2014
Awards for 2013
Awards for 2012
Awards for 2011