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Undergraduate Awards (for faculty)






The Undergraduate Awards 2019

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 2017’s Global Summit.


Please encourage your exemplary students to submit their work to the Undergraduate Awards. The Awards are open to students in the Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020, regardless of May or December graduate dates.


For students

If you want to submit your best undergraduate coursework to the 2018/19 program, follow this handy action list:

  1. Step 1: Check if you are eligible

    • Class of 2018, 2019 or 2020?
    • Have a piece of individual coursework that received an A grade or equivalent

    If you answered yes to both questions, you are eligible to submit to The Undergraduate Awards 2018/19 Programme.

    If you are unsure about your eligibility, find out if you can submit.

    If you are unsure if your work is right for the competition, find out what you can submit.

    Step 2: Choose your category

    The Undergraduate Awards has 25 different categories that entrants can submit to, each with their own submission criteria.

    Before you submit, make sure to choose your category carefully, noting the maximum word count. You can submit to several different categories, but you can only submit each individual paper or project to one.

    Step 3: Prepare your work

    There are just several small tasks you need to do to ensure your work makes it through our screening process and gets seen by the judges.

    a. Write your abstract

    Abstracts should be between 100-300 words long and give a brief overview of your work. Advise on writing an abstract

    b. Make your work anonymous

    All work must be anonymous. To avoid disqualification, search your work for:

    • Your Name/Student Number, Your Institution’s Name, Your Lecturer’s Name, Your Module or Course Name
    • Your Course/Module Code etc.

    Then delete this information or replace it with an X. Check if your work is anonymous.

    c. Ensure your work meets the word count requirements

    Minimum word count for all categories except Visual Arts and Architecture & Design is 2,500. Maximum word count differs by category with a 10% leeway on the upper and lower limit. Ensure that your work meets the word count.

    Step 4: Submit