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The Undergraduate Awards

The Undergraduate Awards recognize the world’s top undergraduate research projects from a variety of disciplines spanning the humanities, sciences, and visual arts. Students are invited to submit research essays or special projects completed as part of their coursework that present fresh ideas and new arguments. Assessed by an international panel of academics, winning students will have their work published in the Undergraduate Awards Journal.

The selection process is competitive, with submissions from top universities all over the world. Students are eligible to apply in one of 25 categories. The top 10% of submissions in each category receive a certificate of commendation, and the winner in each category has their expenses paid to attend the UA Global Summit, a three-day conference for top undergraduate scholars held at the Google headquarters in Dublin. Previous winners include UT alumna Lidia Plaza, who received an Undergraduate Award in 2013 in Historical Studies for her paper entitled “The First Crime of Fashion: Cloth and Clothing Theft in Eighteenth-Century London.”

Deadline for submissions is June 14, 2016.

Eligibility

Student Eligibility

  • Final and penultimate year undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program in the academic year 2015/2016 (full-time and part-time)
  • Graduates who were final year students enrolled in a degree program in the academic year 2014/2015 (full time and part time)

See Student Eligibility Criteria for more information.

Submission Eligibility

  • Has achieved an A grade
  • Represents the highest standard of intellectual and scholarly achievement
  • Embodies a piece of independent and original work
  • Takes the form of a text-based essay/project, with images/graphics where relevant
  • Takes the form of a critical/analytical discourse
  • Between 1,750 – 5,000 words (up to 12,000 for some math & science subfields)

View Submission Eligibility Criteria for more information.

Applying

For complete information about the application process, please see the Undergraduate Award Submission Guide.

  1. Register
  2. Review the Student and Submission Eligibility Criteria
  3. Identify the most suitable academic category
  4. Write a 100 – 300 word abstract to accompany your paper/project
  5. Fill out the submission form.

Deadline for submissions is June 14, 2016.