Dean Hank Dobin Thesis Prize

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. Prizes are awarded on Class Day and will include the following monetary awards in 2024: First Prize $1,500; Second Prize $1,000; Third Prize $750.

Nominate Your Thesis

ProCES invites students who have completed community-engaged independent work to submit their thesis for consideration each spring. To apply, students submit the following documents to [email protected] by Monday, May 6th, 2024 at 5pm:

  1. Your thesis;
  2. A short (5-7 page) report that communicates the important conclusions of your project to a non-academic audience—likely your community partner organization or communities that are implicated by the work. You might consider this short document to be a type of policy brief, white paper, or executive summary. This report should be adapted from your thesis and should:
    • discuss the relevance of your work for a particular community or community organization
    • highlight the implications of your research for current policies and practices in that community/community organization
    • provide strategic policy and practice recommendations for the community/community organization.

ProCES will archive the final version of the winning short reports to share with students and community partners and publish to its website, as appropriate.


Writing for a Community Audience

Not sure how to write a community-facing report of your thesis?

Join in a workshop on Sharing Your Thesis with Community Organizers and Practitioners on Wednesday, April 10th from 12:30-1:30pm. Lunch will be provided. RSVP for the session here. Once ProCES staff receives your RSVP, we will be in touch to share the workshop location.

ProCES and the Princeton Writing Program co-sponsor this annual event to help students share their work with communities and prepare for the Dobin Prize application. Contact [email protected] with questions. 

You can also read the short reports of previous Thesis Prize winners