MINDS 2021 Doctoral Dissertation Awards: Applications due Dec.10

MINDS established the Doctoral Dissertation Award program to recognize and encourage superior research on the theoretical foundations of data science by doctoral candidates at Johns Hopkins University. The award is presented each year around the end of fall and is accompanied by a prize of $1,000.

Eligibility: All Johns Hopkins PhD graduates are eligible, and only the student's adviser may nominate a dissertation. For each year's award cycle, a nominated dissertation must have been successfully defended within the previous academic year: Nominations for the 2021 award will be open for students who have defended their thesis between Sept. 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021.

Selection criteria: Applications will be reviewed by an awards committee for technical depth and significance of the research contribution, as well as potential impact on theory and practice.

Deadline: Applications will be received until Friday, Dec. 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Submission instructions: Nominations are to be submitted by the student's adviser only, and they should be emailed to minds.awards@jhu.edu. The nomination package should include the following material:

  • Name, email address, and academic position of the nominator (the student's thesis adviser)
  • Name, email address, and affiliation (school and department) of the candidate (person being nominated)
  • Dissertation abstract
  • Nomination letter by the adviser addressing the significance of the dissertation and impact of the nominee's research
  • Endorsement letter: The nominator must provide one supporting letter from an expert in the field who can provide additional insights and evidence of the dissertation's impact and merit. (The nominator/adviser may not write this letter of support.)