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Undergraduate Awards (for faculty)






The Undergraduate Awards 2018

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is affiliated with The Undergraduate Awards and is part of a network of innovative universities, identifying and encouraging the best undergraduate research around the world. The Undergraduate Awards (UA) is the world’s largest academic awards program and is unique in that it is pan-discipline, with 25 different categories. Students submit their work for free online and it is judged by a panel of International judges compiled of industry leaders and academic experts. Winning students are recognized as the best in their field, published in the UA academic journal and brought to Dublin for an exclusive networking event, the 4-day UA Global Summit.

We find that students are more likely to submit when recommended to do so by their faculty, so we urge you to encourage them to submit their best coursework to the program. There are 25 different categories, catering to students from every discipline.

Winning students benefit from the following:

  1. The Recognition

Winners are recognized as the top student in their field globally against students from international universities around the world and their work is published in The Undergraduate Journal.


  1. The Network

UA also recognizes the top 10% all entrants in each category. Winners & Highly Commended Entrants become members of the UA Alumni network, an eclectic mix of world class minds.


  1. The UA Global Summit

Overall Winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the UA Global Summit in Dublin to attend a four-day brainstorming and networking event with their counterparts from across the globe. Here are the highlights of last year’s Global Summit.


Please encourage your exemplary students from fall 2016 and spring 2017 to submit their work to the Undergraduate Awards. The Awards are open to students in the Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018, regardless of May or December graduate dates.


For students

If you want to submit your best undergraduate coursework to the 2017/18 program, follow this handy action list:

  1. Not sure what to submit yet? First, register your place in the competition here.
  2. When you’re ready to submit, write a 100 – 300 word abstract to accompany your submission.
  3. Fill out the submission form by May 30, 2018. You can submit up to 3 different papers/projects.

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