M.Ed. Capstones - Awards

College of Education Deans Award for Outstanding Masters Project and Thesis

Purpose

To recognize outstanding student research and applied scholarship at the graduate level

Eligibility

Thesis or project must have been completed during academic year prior to fall deadline (1st day of classes)

Awards

One thesis winner and/or one project winner with 2-4 finalists

Timeline

  1. The Dean of the College of Education will send out a general call for nominations at the beginning of each semester and post announcement on COE website.
  2. Project or thesis advisor will write a brief letter of support describing why she or he believes the project or thesis should be considered for the award. This letter and the project or thesis needs to be submitted to the Deans office by 5:00 p.m. on the first day of classes of the fall semester.
  3. Award ceremony will be held in January, when winners will present their work.

Selection Process

Panel of readers will consist of at least five COE faculty members. Any committee member who has a student under consideration will withdraw from discussion that focuses on that students project or thesis. The committee will meet during the fall semester and make recommendations to the Dean.

ScholarWorks@GVSU

Upon notification of award, the College of Education will request award recipients' permission to submit their work to ScholarWorks@GVSU, GVSU's open-access scholarly works repository.

Recent Award Winners

  • Reba Loret Oguntokun - 2013 Outstanding Thesis
    "The African American/Black Male Experience at Grand Valley State University: Implications for the Future"

  • Karri Lynn Sanders - 2013 Outstanding Project
    "Breaking Tradition in the Mathematics Classroom: Making Mathematics Real, Relevant, and Personal"

  • Deborah Schuitema - 2012 Outstanding Thesis
    "Investigating the World of Mathematics to Uncover How Language Proficiency Influences English Language Learners Performance on High Stakes Tests"