Undergraduate Awards Competition

Sponsored by the patronage of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, the Undergraduate Awards is a prestigious international academic awards program that invites students from top universities around the world to submit their theses or research work. It aims to celebrate and support the world's brightest and most innovative undergraduate students by recognizing their best coursework and projects. 

In 2013, five of the fourteen Dartmouth students who submitted work were selected as "Highly Commended" scholars, honored for their innovative approaches and excellence in world-class research at the top 10% of their respective academic categories. Now is your chance!

What are the Undergraduate Awards?

Dartmouth undergraduates are invited to submit thesis or research work to the 2014 Undergraduate Awards competition, which grants awards to the top undergraduate research work in various academic categories, honoring these students with international recognition as top scholars in their fields. Sponsored by the Government of Ireland, The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s only cross-disciplinary academic awards program that identifies and recognizes students at the undergraduate level whose work indicates that they are on track to become the leading thinkers and problem solvers of their generation.  

Who is elegible?

The Undergraduate Awards are open to all students in the graduating classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Students are chosen for their innovative approach to their subject areas - creating world-class research to tackle some of the world's toughest challenges. Each participant can submit up to 3 pieces of research or project work, with the word count limited to 1750-5000 words, with the exception of research on Chemical/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Computer Science & IT, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Engineering & Mechanical Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics & Physics, and Medical Sciences, which can be up to 12,000 words. 

What is the prize?

Two winners in each category are flown to Dublin, Ireland to receive their awards and participate in the annual Undergraduate Awards Global Summit, a three-day long networking and brainstorming event that brings together the brightest and most innovative students in the world. It is an exclusive event, which only the winners in each of the 25 cateogires are guaranteed attendance. The research work of all winners is also published in the Undergraduate Journal, an academic journal that is circulated internationally. Finally, they become members of the Undergraduate Awards alumni network for life, granting unparalleled access to world class students and leaders from across the globe. Check out some existing alumni here

How do I submit?

Submit your essay using this form. You will need to include an abstract between 100-300 words long to accompany your piece of coursework. The entire judging process is anonymous, and you can submit a maximum of 3 papers or projects, across any of the 2014 categories.

What is the deadline?

June 4, 2014; but you can register your intent to submit ahead of time even if your work is not complete. Places are limited but the competition will reserve a place for all registered entrants.

More information?

See the Undergraduate Awards Website: http://www.undergraduateawards.com/