AAHHE and ETS
Outstanding Dissertations Competition (ODC)
The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational
Testing Service (ETS) are proud to announce the Outstanding Dissertations Competition
. AAHHE and ETS recognize the significant need to increase the number of Hispanics
receiving doctoral degrees, entering higher education on the tenure track, and eventually
serving in faculty leadership and administrative roles.
Although the Hispanic population is the fastest growing population in the country,
Hispanics are underrepresented in higher education in all areas: undergraduate,
graduate, faculty and administration. Gains are being seen every year in the number
of doctoral degrees conferred to Hispanics and in the number in full-time faculty
positions, but the percentages are not climbing commensurate with the population's
By developing this competition, AAHHE and ETS are providing an opportunity to spotlight
top doctoral students and, at the same time, are rewarding excellence in Hispanic
student performance at the doctoral level. The goals are to encourage greater numbers
of prepared students to enter and successfully complete doctoral programs and to
enhance the quality of the dissertations they write.
The first place winner of the Outstanding Dissertations Competition will receive an
award in the amount of $1,000. The second place winner will receive an award of $500.
The third place winner will receive an award of $250. All of these winners will also
be invited and sponsored to attend the 2017 AAHHE National Conference in Irvine, California
to present their dissertations. In addition, one of the winners will be invited to
ETS corporate headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey to present their dissertation.
To review a history of all ODC winners, click on the ODC History of Winners PDF.
Refer to the
Dissertation Competition Guidelines for additional information
- Dates and deadlines
- Preparation of dissertation abstract
- Evaluation criteria
- Evaluation procedure
- Awards and recognition
If you have any questions about the competition, please contact:
Dr. Rebecca A. Robles-Pina
AAHHE Dissertation Chair
Outstanding Dissertation Committee: