Dissertation Award Guidelines

Letter of Application (a separate document)

Your letter of application should include the following information:

1) an indication of your interest in submitting for this award
2) the complete title of your dissertation
3) information about where and when this work was completed
4) the name of your dissertation chair
5) the date of your graduation.

It is important that we know whether you have fulfilled your degree requirements within the August 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019 time frame.

Please note: The letter of recommendation that your dissertation chairperson writes on your behalf and submits via email should include the dates of your defense and actual graduation, your program of study, and an articulation of why your dissertation merits consideration for this award.

Cover Page (a separate document)

Your cover page should include:

1) your name
2) full mailing address (home and work)
3) institutional affiliation
4) current home and work telephone and fax numbers
5) current email address
6) the title of your manuscript (e.g., the abstraction of your dissertation)
7) a brief summary of the contents of your abstraction, which should not exceed 120 words.

Please note: Do not include any identifying information on the separate accompanying document that represents your manuscript (e.g., the abstraction of your dissertation).

General Comments

Please format your eight-page document by ensuring that 1-inch margins are used all around and the document is single-spaced using 10 point, Times New Roman font. Please number your pages and use the most recent edition of APA style as a guideline. Do not include any author identification in the document properties, document body, header, or footer of this manuscript and please remember to number your pages. Please note that the eight-page, single-spaced document is inclusive of the abstraction, figures, tables, and references.

Guidelines for Your Manuscript: Presenting the Abstract of Your Dissertation

Note: Please be sure that the content of your manuscript addresses the following submission requirements:

  • Introduction
  • Summary of the Problem
  • Purpose of the Study and Rationale
  • Critique of the Relevant Literature
  • Methodology and/or Research Design (including sample selection, instrumentation and/or interview protocol, and data collection and analysis procedures)
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Implications for Practice and Research

Paper Title in 12-point Font, Mixed Case

Include an abstract that does not exceed 120 words of the contents of your dissertation manuscript [please indent this abstract 5 spaces on the right and left sides]

Begin your introduction to the paper here with no heading. The first paragraph of any section, including the introduction is not indented.

Major Heading (flush left, bold, upper and lower case text)
Major heading should be left justified and bold with one line above and one line below the heading to separate it from the text. Note mixed case with major words capitalized.

Second-Level Heading (flush left, italics, upper and lower case text)
The second heading level should be italicized with the major words capitalized. The paragraph is indented.

Third-Level Heading Level. (indented left, italics, upper and lower case text ending with a period, with a text immediately following the heading). The third heading level should be indented, italicized and major words capitalized. Within text emphasis should also be added with italics like this section.

Tables and Figures

It is very difficult to specify table formats exactly. Please follow the most recent edition of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and use tables and figures from the Human Resource Development Quarterly as models. Figures should be professional in appearance. While we realize not everyone has access to graphics software, generally figures should not be hand drawn.


The 2019 application deadline is November 30, 2019. (Submissions that are received after this date, exceed the page limit, or do not adhere to the required format will not be considered.)

Please submit your letter of application, separate cover sheet with your contact details and brief abstract of your dissertation submission, and the eight-page, single-spaced manuscript (abstract of your dissertation) as three separate files to Erin Strider,

Your submission must be in Word format and submitted via e-mail. Under separate cover, an email recommendation must be received by your committee chair (from the email address of the academic institution) with your dissertation completion date.

Notification Schedule

The final decision will be made by March 15, 2020, and the decision will be emailed to entrants at this time.
If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Erin Strider at