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Graduation Recognition

The University of Tennessee would like to recognize students who participant in undergraduate research. Through the Office of Undergraduate Research, students may apply to receive a cord or a medallion to be worn during graduation.

There are two levels of recognition: Excellence in Undergraduate Research, receives a cord and Distinction in Undergraduate Research, receives a medallion. A student may earn both recognitions.

Three items from either list will qualify you for the Excellence in Undergraduate Research cord.

The application period for May/August 2021 graduation opens March 15 and closes at midnight on April 28th.
If you have any questions on your application or criteria met, please feel free to request a PEER MENTOR appointment!

Early distribution for graduation accolades can only occur if all criteria has been at the time of the submission, no later than April 6th.

Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Two additional items from the list below (after obtaining the level of Excellence) will qualify you for a Distinction in Undergraduate Research medallion. Starred items are repeatable through multiple event participation.

Distinction in Undergraduate Research

Complete the form below to submit your request to receive the cord, medallion, or both.

All information will be verified. Please upload information such as conference presentations, journal publications/acceptance, and any additional items that may not appear on your CCT.


Students may verify what activities have been registered with the Office of Undergraduate Research by previewing their Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT) via myUTK. Under “My Services” there is a “Preview My Co-Curricular Transcript” option.

Report missing or incorrect Undergraduate Research information.

The application period opens March 15 and closes at midnight on April 28th.

To ensure your application is verified in a timely manner, please provide succinct context in the fields below (this can include links to external presentation events, journal publications, etc.)
Criteria must be completed by the application date to be valid. To allow for verification time and ordering of materials, applications received after the deadlines posted may not be awarded the cord or medallion in time for commencement ceremonies.

Applicants will receive an email once criteria has been verified with further pickup instructions. The verification window will occur after the application deadline, but may occur sooner if applications are submitted earlier than the deadline. Additional information may be requested if needed.