Patricia Lee Thompson Dissertation Award

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The Patricia Lee Thompson Dissertation Award is awarded annually to assist with dissertation completion. Award monies may be used for any costs associated with dissertation completion. The successful applicant will be within one year of completion of the dissertation.

Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees must have a Dissertation Proposal Approval Form (Please do not submit the proposal) and a Doctoral Candidacy Form filed with the Graduate College, and must (a) be in good academic standing; (b) be an enrolled WMU graduate student; (c) have met the residency requirement, (d) if applicable: be enrolled full time in two consecutive semesters in an academic year; enrollment in both summer sessions is equivalent to one semester; (e) demonstrate progress toward degree completion; (f) have completed successfully all comprehensive examinations; and (g) have completed all required course work for their doctoral degree.

Next application cycle deadline and other important information:

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018, by 5 p.m. (EST).
  • Notifications of status will be sent within six weeks of application deadline.
  • Questions or Concerns? Contact Dr. Marianne Di Pierro at or via phone (269) 387-8249

Patricia Lee Thompson Dissertation Award Application

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Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a special seminar to assist in preparation of the application. Seminars are generally offered two weeks prior to each submission deadline. Please visit the Events Page at the following URL for details: