Award Application and Information

Most Outstanding Interdisciplinary Project Award

Deadline:  Friday, March 2, 2018

Apply for the Most Outstanding Interdisciplinary Project Award!  The winner will receive a monetary award of $1000 and a plaque, and will serve as the keynote speaker at the Spring Reception.

MOIPA Application

The Most Outstanding Interdisciplinary Project Award (MOIPA) is an award given to a recipient and runner-up whose research is deemed, by a select faculty and administrative panel, to be particularly interdisciplinary, while making broader connections to the world.  Applicants for the MOIPA must be presenting a poster/presentation at the Spring Reception (to do so, submit a poster/presentation submission form).

If you wish to be considered for the MOIPA, you will need to submit the electronic award application by Friday, March 2, 2018.  

Click here to complete the electronic application for the Most Outstanding Disciplinary Project Award 


1. The MOIPA application sections included in the application are as follows: project introduction; methodology; explanation of interdisciplinary nature of project; discussion on how work makes broader connections; sources/citations.

2. Your statement should be written for an educated person who is not well-versed in the academic arena of the chosen project and applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at Purdue University West Lafayett to apply.

3. The application is not to exceed 1000 words with each section limited to 250 words.

4. The winner of the MOIPA will be expected to deliver a keynote address at the Spring Reception.  This will be a 10 minute talk including audio-visuals, followed by a 5 minute session for questions.

Group Presentations:

If presenting as a group of multiple graduate students, you must indicate a lead author or individual otherwise responsible for receiving and distributing any potential monetary award amongst other eligible graduate student presentation authors. All graduate student authors must sign this application and agree that the Purdue University Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs is not responsible for the division and distribution of award monies beyond providing them to the individual indicated on the MOIPA Application. It is expected that the group of authors will determine the most equitable distribution of any award received and carry out that distribution on their own accord.

Important Notes:

Award Information:

  • The winner of the MOIPA will receive a monetary award of $1000 and a plaque, and will serve as the keynote speaker at the Spring Reception.
  • The runner-up for the MOIPA will receive an Honorable Mention Certificate.
  • The MOIPA application materials will be evaluated by a panel of select faculty and administrators.
  • You may submit research you have previously presented at another event if you have made good progress with your work since the last time you presented it at a OIGP previous spring reception.

Other Spring Reception Awards

Purdue Interdisciplinary Audience Choice Award

The Purdue Interdisciplinary Audience Choice Award is a crowd preference award determined by the attendees of the OIGP Spring Reception the day of the event.  The award consists of a certificate of recognition and a $250 prize.  Attendees will be given a ballot asking them to select their top three favorite research presentations.  Ballots will be collected at the event, scores tallied, and a winner will be announced on the OIGP website.

Certificates of Excellence in Research

All Poster/PowerPoint presentations are automatically entered for the Certificate of Excellence award in their area, which recognizes the poster/PowerPoint presentation that offers the best interdisciplinary presentation for their particular Interdisciplinary Graduate Program/Area.

The Certificate of Excellence awards will be judged by select Purdue faculty and administrators. Judges will consider the interdisciplinarity of the project, and the student’s ability to communicate their research to a “lay” audience, an audience outside their field.  For your reference and preparation, the rubric that will be provided to the faculty judges can be found here. Final scores will be collected at the event; winners will be announced on the OIGP website.

Winners of the Certificate of Excellence Award will receive a Certificate to honor their achievement. Certificates will be granted to 1-2 graduate students in each of the following areas at the event:

  • African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computational Life Sciences
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Ecological Sciences and Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Gerontology
  • Independent Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
  • Information Security
  • Ingestive Behavior
  • Life Sciences
  • Linguistics
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Women’s Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Research, non-IGP

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