Dissertation Competition

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 growth.

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 $3,000. The second place winner will receive an award of $2,000. The third place winner will receive an award of $1,000. All of these winners will also be invited and sponsored to attend the 16th Annual AAHHE National Conference (March 4 - March 6, 2021) 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.

Deadline to submit a dissertation abstract for the competition is August 12, 2020.

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 on:

  • Eligibility
  • 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. David Garcia
AAHHE Dissertation Chair
[email protected]