MINDS Doctoral Dissertation Award

MINDS established the Doctoral Dissertation Award program to recognize and encourage superior research on the theoretical foundations of data science by doctoral candidates at the Johns Hopkins University. The award is presented each year at the MINDS Symposium, on November 20, 2019 and is accompanied by a prize of $1,000.


Only JHU Ph.D. students are eligible, and only the student’s advisor may nominate a dissertation.  For each year’s award cycle, a nominated dissertation must have been successfully defended within the previous academic year; e.g. nominations for the 2019 award will be open for students having graduated between September 1st 2018 and August 31st 2019.

Next Deadline

As a special occasion, we are now welcoming submissions for both the 2019 award as well as the 2018 award; i.e., students must have defended their thesis after September 1st 2017 and no later than August 31st 2019. The awards will be announced in November.

Deadline: October 31, 2019, 11:59 pm EST.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by an awards committee for technical depth and significance of the research contribution, potential impact on theory and practice, and quality of presentation.


Nominations are to be emailed to missy.kirby@jhu.edu, and should include the following material:

  • Name, email address and academic position of the nominator (the student’s thesis advisor).
  • Name, email address and affiliation (school and department) of the candidate (person being nominated).
  • Dissertation abstract.
  • Nomination letter addressing the significance of the dissertation and impact of the nominee’s research.
  • Endorsement letters: the nominator must provide 3 supporting letters from experts in the field who can provide additional insights or evidence of the dissertation’s impact.  (The nominator/advisor may not write a letter of support.)

For questions on the above, please contact us at missy.kirby@jhu.edu.