The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Distinguished Dissertation Awards. This initiative funded by the Research Committee aims to honor excellence in student research. Three tiers of reward accompany the awards ($1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second, and $500 for third). Only doctoral dissertation research defended between May 31, 2007, and October 31, 2010, is eligible. Dissertations must be defended and approved by the student’s committee prior to applying for the award and may be applied for by students of any accredited university throughout the world.

For more details on submitting by the January 4, 2011, deadline, visit

Studies not conducted as part of dissertation research, as well as recipients of ISPI’s Distinguished Dissertation Award from previous years, are not eligible. Applicants from prior years who did not receive the award may reapply as long as they meet all other requirements. Half of recipients’ monetary reward will be paid upon announcement of award winners with the remaining funds to be paid upon submission of a manuscript for consideration in Performance Improvement Quarterly (which must be received no later than August 30, 2011). Award recipients are also encouraged to consider submitting a proposal to present at the 2012 annual conference.

If you have any questions, contact Hillary Leigh, chair of the ISPI Research Committee, via email at