Monthly Archives: February 2011

Ask us about thesis and dissertation awards

ECU 1st Annual Thesis and Dissertation Awards

The Division of Research and Graduate Studies and the Graduate School at East Carolina University will sponsor two thesis awards ($500 and $1000 respectively) and two dissertation awards ($500 and $1000, respectively) per year to recognize and honor outstanding research and scholarship at the graduate level. During the late fall or early spring semester, each college will be invited to nominate two students for a thesis award and two students for a dissertation award. Awardees will be recognized during ECU Research Week in the following spring semester.

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection
For the 2011 Award program, the thesis or dissertation completion date and award of degree must fall in the period of July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.

Harriot College will screen nominations and send two thesis and two dissertation nominations forward to the Graduate School.  To be considered for the College’s nomination, please forward the following information for each thesis or dissertation.  Please send the nomination packet to Associate Dean Cindy Putnam-Evans, Bate 2303A, no later than Monday, February 21st, at 5:00 p.m.

Nominations Must Include the Following:

1.       A one page thesis or dissertation summary written in terms that can be understood by an individual not in the same academic area as the nominee.

2.       PDF versions of nominated thesis or dissertation. For students who submitted their thesis or dissertation electronically, PDF copies can be obtained by sending an email to Amy Tripp ( in the Graduate School.

3.       Recommendations: Letters from three referees selected by the nominee, evaluating the significance and quality of his or her thesis or dissertation work, are to be included in the nomination materials. One of these letters is to be from the nominee’s thesis or dissertation supervisor, another from a member of the nominee’s thesis or dissertation committee, and the third from a person of the nominee’s choice.

4.       Current CV or resume: This should include any relevant publications and/or products (maximum of 2 pages).

Regional and National Awards

ECU Thesis Award winners will be considered for submission to the annual Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) thesis award program. ECU Dissertation Award winners will also be considered for submission to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) annual Distinguished Dissertation Award. Please note that the fields of study supported by CGS and CSGS rotate every year. When the awardee’s thesis or dissertation falls within the current year’s field of competition for the CSGS or CGS awards, it will become the ECU institutional nomination for this prestigious recognition. If the selected dissertation does not fall within those areas, the Graduate School will select one from the appropriate discipline from top-ranked college submissions as the institutional nomination.

Teaching Egyptian fiction as the revolution unfolds

I can’t tell you how powerful it has been to study Egyptian fiction as the revolution in Egypt has unfolded.  In the Middle Eastern Literature class (English 7365) it has prompted lively discussion about the connection between politics and literature, and about the prescience of writers such as Naguib Mahfouz and Alaa Al Aswany, the latter addressing the protesters in Tahrir Square (in the shadow of the Yacoubian Building) a few days ago.–RT