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Viterbi Graduate Student Awards
Dinner | Monday, May 2, 2024 | USC Hotel

PhD Awards

2024 Best Dissertation Award

The William F. Ballhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research is the Viterbi School’s Best Dissertation Award.

Best Dissertation Symposium
Tuesday, May 3, 2024
USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB) 101

Nominations are due: March 29, 2024
Nomination Link

A complete nomination submission consists of:

  • Completing the 2024 Best Dissertation Award form with the Student Nominee's Information
  • Uploading the student's CV, Letter of Recommendation, and Dissertation
  • Uploading a 5-minute video from the student describing their dissertation research

When nominating students for this award, please consider the following:

  • The candidate(s) must have a graduation term of Summer 2023, Fall 2024, or Spring 2024.
  • Candidates with a Summer 2024 graduation term will be eligible for the Best Dissertation Award during the Spring 2025 consideration period.
  • Each postcode is eligible for one nomination.
  • Candidates must defend and submit required paperwork and obtain the committee’s approval by the first week of April.
  • Exception: Computer Science will receive 2 nominations, and the ECE department that has 2 postcodes, but will receive 3 total nominations.

2024 Best Dissertation Award Additional Information:

  • The candidate must be able to present during the Best Dissertation Symposium on May 3rd, 2024
  • The winner will be announced at the PhD Hooding Ceremony on May 8, 2024

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Published on February 25th, 2021

Last updated on April 1st, 2024