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MPH SBS Thesis Award Nominations

The MPH Program in Health Services is pleased to announce a one-time award, the 2015 Distinguished SBS Master’s Thesis Award competition. This award recognizes outstanding and exceptional research and writing produced by a UW Health Service’s master’s student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Concentration. The winner will receive $350 and will be publicly recognized by the Program.

Nominations are due to the MPH Student Services Counselor by 5 p.m., April 25, 2015.


  1. Nominees must earn the MPH SBS degree in Health Services between September 24, 2014 and June 30, 2015.
  2. The scholarly product eligible for this competition is a formal written thesis.


  1. The following materials must be submitted electronically and combined into a single document*, in MS Word or PDF format (no hard copy submissions will be accepted), in this order:
    • Cover letter/letter of recommendation from the student’s thesis advisor.
    • Summary prepared by the student (1,000-1,500 words) prepared in nontechnical language describing the research and its significance for a general academic audience of non-specialists.
    • The full text of the student nominee's formal written thesis.
    • The student nominee's University of Washington transcript.
  2. Please save your file in this format: "Lastnamenominee_firstnamenominee_THESIS_2015.pdf"
  3. Nominations are due to the MPH Program Coordinator at 5 p.m., April 25, 2015, via email to

    This is the firm deadline; in fairness to all, no exceptions or extensions will be granted.


An MPH SBS awards committee will select the award recipient, based on five criteria:

  1. Research Quality – appropriate and rigorous; detailed and replicable; ethical
  2. Writing Quality – clear and readable; structured appropriately
  3. Diversity – working with underserved populations; culturally competent
  4. Innovation – creative; innovative
  5. Significance to Current Practice or Policy – important; relevant; publishable


Cindy Moore
Student Services Counselor, MPH Program

*Please note that excerpts from the submission packages may be placed online.