2022 Nominations for NAREA Master’s Thesis Awards


We invite submission of nominations for the NAREA Outstanding MS/MA Thesis Awards for 2022. The NAREA Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award includes a $250 cash prize and certificate.


To recognize those theses of particularly high-quality which do not qualify for the top prize, we also offer an Award of Merit. The NAREA Master’s Thesis Award of Merit includes a $125 cash prize and certificate. Up to three awards of merit may be granted.


Theses that are nominated for consideration will be evaluated by the Awards Committee according to the problem formulation, conceptual approach, quality of research, and quality of communication. Nominations must be received by March 1, 2022. All nominations and submitted materials must be in English.


Eligible theses include all those that meet the following two criteria:

(1) Accepted by any institution of higher learning (in the Northeast or otherwise) during the period January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021, provided that the student OR advisor was a NAREA member during the year for which the student thesis is nominated (2021).

(2) The thesis topic addresses any of the issues within the purview of NAREA.


A maximum of two theses per department will be considered by the committee. Only those theses nominated by the department chair or graduate program director will be considered by the committee.


To submit a thesis for consideration, please send the following items to the awards committee chair, Sarah Cline (clinesarah@gmail.com):

(1) A nominating letter;

(2) The full thesis; and

(3) The thesis abstract (250 word maximum).


Any questions about the nomination process can be directed to:

Sarah Cline

U.S. Forest Service

Washington, DC, USA

Email: clinesarah@gmail.com


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