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Outstanding Research Award Application
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Outstanding Research Award Application


To emphasize and celebrate the importance of research in the field of orientation, transition, and retention, NODA has an established research award. Each year, one graduate/doctoral student will be awarded a $1,000 award, one-year membership for NODA, and conference registration for the 2018 Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.  This is awarded in recognition of an outstanding dissertation or master’s thesis related to orientation, transition, and/or retention in higher education.


The Outstanding Research Award is tenable by Master’s or Doctoral students who are either enrolled in a graduate program and are in the process of completing a thesis or dissertation during the 2017-2018 academic year, or have/will finish their degree between December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2018. The scholarly research should highlight topics within the field of orientation, transition, and retention. Applicants do not have to be NODA members.

Award recipients will be invited to present their thesis or dissertation topic at the 2018 NODA Annual Conference. They will be invited to submit the completed study in manuscript format for possible publication, in the Journal of College Orientation and Transition. Award recipients will be given priority consideration for an educational session presentation at the 2018 NODA Annual conference, but publication acceptance are not guaranteed. Applicants are welcome to both present and publish their findings with NODA.

Application Process

Although your transcript will need to be submitted by mail, please submit the following information electronically:

  • Outstanding Research Award Application Form
  • Extended abstract in APA style, in PDF format. Abstracts should be between 500 and 750 words, not including references, tables, and figures.
  • An unofficial transcript (with verification of current enrollment, if appropriate) at the institution where doctoral or master's level work is being (or has been) completed.
    • Mail to: NODA, 1200 Washington Avenue S, Suite 215, Minneapolis, MN 55415
  • Two letters of recommendation from the following:
    • Graduate research advisor or person who is supervising the graduate research thesis or dissertation.
    • A separate faculty member within the specific graduate program, who may comment on the student's contributions to the graduate program.

Failure to follow the guidelines to the application may lead to the disqualification of your submission from the awards nomination. Please review instructions carefully.

All materials must be received no later than Monday, April 2, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. CST. Every attempt will be made to notify the award winner by Monday, April 30, 2018.

Evaluation Criteria 

  • Clear articulation of the proposed study, including purpose and research question(s);
  • Appropriate research design and methodology;
  • Relevance to current trends/issues in the OTR field, as defined by the NODA Research Agenda.

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