Allen G. Marr Prize

About the Award

The Allen G. Marr Prize was established in honor of Allen G. (Jerry) Marr's 20-year contribution as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and his commitment to the highest standards of scholarship and professional ethics. An annual prize is awarded by Graduate Studies to a present or past UC Davis doctoral student in honor of superior dissertation work. Each year the competition is in different discipline areas. The prize is patterned after the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Submit An Application (Open for 2023)

The fields of competition for the 2023 award are Biological Sciences/Life Sciences and Humanities and Fine Arts. The application deadline for the 2022-2023 Academic Year is March 3, 2023.

  • The fields of competition for the 2023 award are Biological Sciences/Life Sciences and Humanities and Fine Arts. The applicant's dissertation should represent original work making an unusually significant contribution to the disciplines. Both methodological and substantive quality will be judged.
  • There are  two broad  fields  of competition for  the  2023  dissertation awards.  Under  each broad  field, we  provide  a  non-inclusive  list  of fine  fields that  are  considered to belong to the  broader fields under consideration. 

    Biological Sciences/Life Sciences: biology; botany; zoology; ecology; embryology; entomology; genetics; nutrition; plant pathology; plant physiology; anatomy; biochemistry; biophysics; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology; and related fields (health sciences). Also included are agriculture, forestry, zoology; and related fields.                           

    Humanities and Fine Arts: history; philosophy; language; linguistics; literature; archeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If  a  dissertation is  multi- or interdisciplinary  in nature, a  significant portion of  the  work must  be  comprised by  at  least  one  of the 2023  fields  of competition.                               

  • The applicant's effective date of degree award, or the completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation, must fall in the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023. Such degree award or completion will be confirmed by the UC Davis Dean of Graduate Studies or another administrative officer responsible for doctoral degree programs.  DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  March 3, 2023 by 11:59 p.m..
  • • Each applicant must prepare a dissertation abstract (not to exceed 5 double-spaced pages).
    • Appendices containing non-textual material, such as charts or tables, may be included (not to exceed 5 pages).
    • Three letters of recommendation evaluating the significance and quality of the nominee’s dissertation work. One of these letters is to be from the applicant's dissertation supervisor, another from a member of the applicant's dissertation committee, and the third from a person of the applicant's choice.
    • The applicant’s curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages).
  •  The Allen G. Marr Award consists of:
    • $2,500 prize
    • Will be the campus’ nominee for the CGS/ProQuest award
    • Announcement of the awardee 

    The completed application must be submitted via InfoReady no later than 11:59 pm on March 3, 2023. if you have any questions or concerns, contact Internal Fellowship Analysts Heidi West and Lauren McDiarmid at