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Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Four Awards are given each year, one in each of these broad disciplinary areas:

Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering
Social Sciences
Humanities and Fine Arts
Biological and Life Sciences

Recipients of the Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award receive an honorarium of $1,000 and may be selected for nomination to the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation national competition.

Eligbility: Eligible candidates are UMD PhD graduates who have defended and submitted their dissertation to the Graduate School in the calendar year 2017.

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 21, 2018.*

*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

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Past Award Recipients

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