Ph.D. students writing dissertations that bridge two disciplines can apply for Weigele Award

Qualified Ph.D. students at NIU are encouraged to apply for the 2011 Thomas C. Wiegele Interdisciplinary Dissertation Completion Award.

Photo of a bridgeThe award is offered annually to a Ph.D. student who is writing a dissertation that bridges two academic disciplines. Applicants for the award must be working on  dissertations that are interdisciplinary in nature (e.g., that bridges two disciplines, such as history and biology, or two fields within a discipline, such as comparative politics and biopolitics).

The proposal for the dissertation must have been accepted by the applicant’s dissertation committee.

The 2011 recipient will receive a $1,000 monetary award, a certificate and recognition at the political science commencement ceremony. The recipient in 2010 was Jon Warnock, whose dissertation bridged geology and the biological sciences.

Applications are due Friday, March 25, and the recipient will be notified by Friday, April 15.

Interested students should request applications from Thomas C. Wiegele Award Committee, c/o Sarah Lindell, Department of Political Science, 415 Zulauf Hall, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 60115.

Applicants will complete an application form, a resume and a 200-word statement that describes the interdisciplinary nature of the dissertation.

For more information, call (815) 753-1013 or e-mail slindell@niu.edu.

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