Alexion Pharmaceuticals/UConn Grad Student Dissertation Award

Two Graduate Student Awards to consider: Alexion Pharmaceuticals Dissertation Award (June 3rd) & ProQuest/CGS Dissertation Award (June 21st)


Alexion Pharmaceuticals/ UConn Graduate Student Dissertation Improvement Award

DEADLINE: MONDAY 3rd June 2019

Faculty nominators can apply here:

Through a partnership with Alexion Pharmaceuticals, the Alexion/UConn Graduate Student Dissertation Improvement Award (GSDIA) is a program that supports graduate students at UConn/UConn Health whose research in basic biological processes or health applications contributes to discovery, innovation, or the development of products for diagnosis or treatment of rare diseases. Alexion is a global leader in the development and delivery of breakthrough therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening rare diseases.

The GSDIA can be used for the investigation (including, but not limited to, equipment, consumables, services, conference attendance) of basic biological processes whose understanding could lead to the development of rare disease diagnostic or therapeutic products or for the development of prototypes, pre-clinical data, human clinical data, drug delivery platform/systems, large animal studies, or other advanced research in health applications for rare diseases. One awards of $5000 is available.

The Alexion Dissertation Improvement Award is open to all doctoral students who achieved candidacy during this or previous academic years and are expected to complete, defend their dissertation, and graduate on or before August 2020.


* Must be a fulltime graduate student at UConn or UConn Health

* Must be pursuing a graduate degree in a life sciences or biomedical related field

* Must be in good standing with the university with regards to all educational expectations of their respective department and/ or school

* Must be pursuing a graduate research project related to an area of research having to do with understanding the basic biology of, the diagnosis of, or the treatment of a rare human disease

* Must be nominated by a faculty member associated with their research project or thesis advisory team Must not be a graduate student associated with any ongoing clinical trial of an Alexion related therapy

* Must not be a graduate student currently doing an internship or employed by Alexion part time or full time

* Must not be a graduate student already receiving corporate support, involved with a clinical trial for, or doing an internship with, or employed by a direct competitor of Alexion.


Council of Graduate Schools / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards


Faculty members can nominate here:

UConn will run an internal process to select two nominees to forward to the U.S. competition. Each UConn department from the eligible pool of departments (see below) is invited to submit one nomination.

Two CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards, each consisting of an award of $2,000 and a certificate of recognition, will be presented at the CGS Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon on December 5, 2019, in Nashville, TN. Reasonable travel expenses of award recipients will be covered. Only the winners and the nominating deans will be notified of the outcomes of the competition prior to the Awards Luncheon.

Selection Process: The Council of Graduate Schools will name an Award Committee whose members have established records in the disciplinary areas under consideration. Additional consultation may be sought at the discretion of the committee members. The nominated dissertations should represent original work making an unusually significant contribution to the disciplines. Both methodological and substantive quality will be judged.

Doctoral dissertations awarded between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019 are eligible from the following fields:

Biological Sciences: biology; botany; zoology; ecology; embryology; entomology; genetics; nutrition; plant pathology; plant physiology; anatomy; biochemistry; biophysics; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; and related fields. Also included are agriculture, forestry, and related fields.

Humanities and Fine Arts: history; philosophy; language; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions,



Dr. Stuart Paul Duncan (pronouns: he / him / his)

Director of Fellowships, Outreach, and Programming

The Graduate School, University of Connecticut

(860) 486-0681