Dean Hank Dobin Thesis Prize

March 4, 2024

ProCES is proud to award the Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Engaged Independent Work to students whose outstanding thesis best engages a community audience, whether through extensive research, policy recommendations, or new information and analysis. 

The prize is named after former Dean Dobin, who was instrumental to the creation of the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship during his time at Princeton.

Submissions include:

  1. Complete thesis;
  2. A short (5-7 page) report that communicates the important conclusions of the project to a non-academic audience, e.g. a community partner organization or communities implicated by the work. This short document can be considered a type of policy brief, white paper, or executive summary. This report should be adapted from the thesis and should do at least one of the following:
    • discuss the relevance of the work for a particular community or community organization;
    • highlight the implications of the research for current policies or practices affecting a community or community organization;
    • provide strategic policy or practice recommendations for a community or community organization.

Submissions are due on Monday, May 6th by 5pm and awarded on Class Day. They include the following monetary awards: First Prize $1,500; Second Prize $1,000; Third Prize $750. The short report will be shared with the indicated community or community partner organization. 

For information on how and when to apply, as well as to access to previous prize winners' short reports, visit this link

Join ProCES and the Princeton Writing Program on Wednesday, April 10th at 12:30pm to discuss recommendations for composing the short report at the Sharing Your Thesis with Community Organizations and Practitioners workshop. Lunch will be served. Upon registration, you will receive details regarding location. RSVP here.