Outstanding Dissertations Competition

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Outstanding Dissertations Competition

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education and Educational Testing Service are thrilled to offer the Outstanding Dissertations Competition for the year 2020. The award program is open to any Latinx student who has completed a dissertation in the social sciences focusing on the Latinx community.

The program is established to encourage more significant numbers of prepared students to enter and complete doctoral degrees and to enhance the quality of the essay they write at the doctoral level. The funds will provide them help to accomplish their higher education.

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education represents professional academics, researchers, educators, and students in the United States of America. It focuses on issues affecting Hispanics in higher education. It functions as a United States nonprofit 501 membership society.

Who May Be Eligible?

To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Open to any Latinx who has completed a dissertation as part of a doctoral degree program in the social sciences, broadly defined, and/or anyone whose dissertation research conducted as part of a doctoral degree program in the social sciences focuses on the Latinx community.
  • Dissertations are eligible if they are in domains that are related to the ETS corporate mission, including education, linguistics, psychology, statistics, testing, and so forth. Studies using any research approach (historical, experimental, survey, quantitative, mixed methods, etc.) are eligible.
  • Dissertations in the humanities, basic sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics are not available. Completion is defined as:
  • Received the doctoral degree between the specified dates
  • Satisfactorily completed all the course work and the dissertation between the dates specified and the essays are acceptable to the candidate’s committee, but the degree has not been conferred.

How to Apply

All eligible students are asked to submit via PDF format a Dissertation Summary (as one complete document) to the Chair of the dissertation competition, Dr. David Garcia: david.garcia@asu.edu. Applicants must provide all credentials to get considered.

Supporting Documents

  • A sample title page is attached to these guidelines. Please provide all the information requested. One (1) page in length.
  • A letter on university letterhead signed by the Chair of the applicant’s dissertation committee indicating that the dissertation meets the eligibility criteria defined earlier in these guidelines — detail is essential. The letter must also state how the Chair would rank the dissertation among previous dissertations chaired.
  • On a separate page, include a summary of approximately 250 words in length stating, in non-technical terms, the purpose, research problem, the methods, and major findings of the study, and the significance to the Latinx community.
  • You should include: the statement of the problem; the purpose of the study; conceptual model, theoretical framework, and/or orientation, as applicable, and literature review; methodology including participants, instrumentation, hypotheses or research questions, and data analysis; (e) major findings; conclusions; implications; and significance to the broader research community and to the Latinx community. Not to exceed eighteen (18) pages, double-spaced.
  • List the references, tables, figures, diagrams, and pictures relevant to your summary. Not to exceed four (4) pages, double spaced.


The first-place winner will receive a prize of up to $3,000. The second-place winner will receive an award up to $2,000, and the third-place winner will receive a prize of $1,000. The recipients are advised to utilize the funds in their further educational journey.

Application Deadline

The declared deadline to submit the application for the competition is August 12, 2020.

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