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College of Graduate Studies Awards Programs 2020/21

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Watch for the 2021/22 Awards Program Guidelines, Coming Soon

I.   Graduate Student 20/21 Awards Progam

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PDF icon Graduate Student Awards and Nomination Guidelines for 2020/21 ​​​​​​​

During Fall Semester, the College of Graduate Studies invites eligible graduate students to participate in the 2020/2021 Graduate Student Awards Program (Fall Semester) and the 3MT Competition (Spring Semester).  ​​​​​​​The awards programs recognize graduate student achievement across multiple categories with monetary awards ranging from $250 to $500.  Award categories include:  Research and Creative Scholarship, Thesis and Dissertation, Teaching, Engagement and Social Justice Advocacy. 

Participant Eligibility
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better 
Current CSU graduate students or no more than one year post-graduation
Request a nomination from a member of CSU Graduate Faculty
Participants must follow all Awards Guidelines linked above​​​​​​​

2018/19       2017/18      2016/17      2015/16  ​​​​​​​


    ​​​​​​​​​​​​ II.  Three Minute Thesis Awards Program, Spring Semester '21
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    Originally developed by the University of Queensland, the Three Minute Thesis is an awards competition that enhances skills of communication and presentation. Presenting an oral communication of master's or doctoral research in three minutes or less to a non-specialist audience can be challenging to students and professionals alike. Learn how to effectively summarize your research and make a perfect pitch that is designed for all audiences.

    The 3MT awards competition, hosted by the College of Graduate Studies, traditionally begins near the end of Fall Semester and student presentations are judged in February. Monetary prizes will be awarded, $500 (first place) and $250 (runner-up). The first place winner will represent CSU in a (live or virtual) 3MT competition sponsored by the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools in March. 

    ​​​​​​​View 3MT Training and Development Workshops

    A unique feature of the College of Graduate Studies Awards Program is that in addition to the awards competition, participants will have training and development opportunities to maximize skills in building, improving, practicing, and presenting your pitch, all while gaining valuable feedback from experts and peers. ​​​​​​​


    • Learn the necessary presentation skills that will serve you throughout your career and profession. 
    • Build confidence and comfort for future presentations to peers, employers, investors, entrepreneurs.
    • Enjoy the benefits of free training and feedback from past 3MT award winners, peers, and CSU staff/faculty. 
    • Gain attention to and an understanding of complex research among a non-specialist audience of judges. 
    • Receive a free recording session with CSU Videographer along with a link to share electronically. 
    • ​​​​​​​Achieve recognition and eligibility for prizes in the College of Graduate Studies 3MT Awards Program. ​​​​​​​CSU 3MT Builds Skills! 
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