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Hello From UA: Announcing the 2017 Global Winners, 2018 Programme dates, and more!

As the Judging Process enters its final stage, our 2017 Global Winners will be announced next Tuesday, 19th September on our website and social media, so remember to watch this space!

We would also like to take this opportunity and congratulate all of the brilliant 2017 Highly Commended Entrants once again. As a Highly Commended Entrant of The Undergraduate Awards, your work has now been identified as among the best undergraduate coursework globally, and we hope that this achievement will give you the confidence to realise your abilities and pursue your goals.

Furthermore, you are also now part of the UA Alumni Network, an international network of scholars and industry leaders which is designed to foster international collaboration between alumni and the sharing of ideas. Your works will also be featured on The Undergraduate Library, a new UA project which will offer students the chance to gain a wider audience for their work, and also browse a directory of other exceptional coursework.

You can find out more about what it means to be Highly Commended by The Undergraduate Awards here.

This year, The Undergraduate Awards has received a record number of 6,432 submissions from 299 institutions in 47 countries62% of submissions came from students who identify as female, 35% from students who identify as male and 3% prefer not to disclose. In 20 of the 25 categories, there were more submissions from female students.

In 2017, the top 5 largest categories in The Undergraduate Awards are Literature (724), Psychology (573), Politics & International Relations (441), History (425), and Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies (381)Literature was also our most diverse category with submissions from 92 different institutions from all 7 regions.

With such a large submission pool, our Judging Panels have hard at work all summer to assess all the papers, and we would like to thank them for their time and efforts. It has been a long journey, and we are very excited to share the news with everyone!

You can find out more about the 2017 Programme here.

And don’t forget, the 2018 Undergraduate Awards Programme is now open for submissions! If you have graduated in 2017 or are graduating in 2018 & 2019, you are eligible to submit! So why not step into the spotlight and earn international recognition for all the hard works you have done?

Read more about our Submission Guidelines or submit/register here.

Hello From UA: The 2018 Programme is now open, and more dates for your diary!

As the Judging Process for the 2017 Programme is drawing to a close, we are excited to announce the launch of The Undergraduate Awards 2018 Programme!

The 2018 Programme is open to submissions from the class of 2017, 2018 and 2019. If you registered last year and did not submit, or already submitted last year but is still eligible, here is your chance to submit again! Each student can submit a maximum of three papers, and with 25 categories to choose from, you are spoiled for choices.

Don’t forget to make sure your papers meet all the UA Criteria before you submit. You can find our full Eligibility Guideline and Submission Criteria here.

Still unsure? You can just register to save a place now!

Deadline for the 2018 Programme is June 12, 2018.

Submit/register for The Undergraduate Awards 2018 Programme

2017 saw a record number of 6,432 submissions to The Undergraduate Awards and our Judging Pannellists have been hard at work evaluating all the papers. As the Judging Process comes to a close, the Highly Commended Entrants (top 10%) of the 2017 Programme will be identified and announced on September 12 on all our social media, so do keep an eye out! The Winner list will be revealed shortly after.

Save the Date: The 2017 UA Global Summit

With only over two months left until the 2017 edition of The Undergraduate Awards Global Summit, we cannot wait to meet all the 2017 Global Winners and Highly Commended Entrants!

An exclusive event, only Global Winners in each of the 25 categories are guaranteed attendance, while Regional Winners and Highly Commended Entrants have the chance to purchase a limited number of tickets.

This year, the Global Summit will take place from November 7th – 9th. Official invitations will be sent out once we have announced the Global Winners and Highly Commended Entrants. In the mean time, do save the dates for your diary!

Want to know more about the Global Summit? Read Professor Owen Priest (Chair of the Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences category)’s wonderful account of the 2016 Global Summit.

“A memorable and rewarding experience”: Professor Owen Priest Reflects on the UA Global Summit 2016

Professor Owen Priest writes about his experience at the UA Global Summit 2016.

Professor Owen Priest is a Professor of Instruction in the chemistry department’s Organic Chemistry Division at Northwestern University. He has been a judge with The Undergraduate Awards since 2014, and this is the second year he has served as the Chair of the Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences category. Below, Professor Priest gives his account of attending the UA Global Summit in Dublin last November.


I was teaching last fall so, to attend the summit, I had to rearrange my schedule a little and ask some colleagues if they could help cover a few assignments for me. I am so glad I made an effort to attend because it was a memorable and rewarding experience.

There were some delays with my flight from the U.S. to Dublin (onboard electrical fires while over the Atlantic will do that) so I missed some of the student presentations on the opening day of the summit. I’m glad I was able to catch the tail of the presentations because I was able to see students from other divisions showcase their talent and creativity. Because I had read chemical and pharmaceutical science papers for a few years, I was familiar with the astounding level of talent exhibited by the students in my division. Watching the students from other divisions present their work was a humbling experience.

Professor Owen Priest chatting to Christopher Ginou, 2016 Highly Commended Entrant in the Politics & International Relations category

After a few hours to rest and get cleaned up, I was taken to the opening dinner. At one point, all the judges who were in attendance were introduced and we had an informal panel discussion with all of the students. This was really the first chance that the students were able to see some of the people who had worked behind the scenes. After dinner, I was able to mingle and talk with students. I had such a good time that I didn’t notice the hall had nearly emptied out.

Professor Priest at his breakout session

The following morning was the colloquium which took place in Farmleigh House. I learned that Farmleigh Hous is the ancestral home of the Guinness family. Because Ireland’s president uses Farmleigh House to host visiting dignitaries and guests, it has earned a nickname – The White House of Ireland. Throughout the day we heard inspirational presentations and could attend (or host our own) breakout sessions. At one point, I took a break and just wandered around the house and the surrounding estate. It was a little hard to believe we were spending the day hanging out with the undergraduates in a stately mansion where the only rule we were given was “DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING”. I felt like we were participating in the filming of an episode of Downton Abbey: The Promise of a New Generation.

After being transported back to the hotel and changing into formal attire, I attended the awards ceremony, which was opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Professor Priest with David Evans, 2016 Global Winner of the Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences category

Finally, after the students received their awards, we walked over to St. Patrick’s Cathedral where we sat at dramatically long tables and ate with the students. Throughout the evening, it felt like Dumbledore could appear at any minute with the sorting hat, and we would all have to switch seats. It was a day/night to remember.

I am attending the summit this fall and look forward to meeting those of you who will also be there.

Hello From UA: Dates for your calendar!

We have been relatively quiet on the social media front, but things are rarely quiet behind-the-scene.

As we approach mid-July, papers have now moved on to stage 2 of 4 of the 2017 Judging Process with our Judging Panels hard at work assessing this year’s top undergraduate projects and papers.

For the 2017 programme, we’ve gathered 337 notable academics from 144 institutions in 35 different countries for the world’s largest virtual academic judging process. The process generally runs from the end of June until the beginning of September and is divided into 4 stages.

Speaking about the Judging Process, Dr David Irwin, the 2016 Judging Chair of the Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category said:

One thing that struck me about the essays was the breadth of knowledge and the discipline of structure…I don’t like to use the word brilliant, but they truly were brilliant. Once we were down to the last ten we were wondering how we could separate perfection from perfection.

 

As the Judging Process comes to a close, the Highly Commended Entrants (the top 10%) of the 2017 Programme will be identified and announced on Friday, September 8, so do make sure to keep an eye out on all our social media! The Winner list will be announced shortly after.

Save the Date: The 2017 UA Global Summit

Every year, we bring together the brightest and most innovative students in the world for the UA Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland. A three-day event for the 2017 Global Winners and Highly Commended Entrants, they will have the opportunity to present their work and mix with a truly international group of similarly minded, high-potential scholars.

An exclusive event, only Global Winners in each of the 25 categories are guaranteed attendance, while Regional Winners and Highly Commended Entrants have the chance to purchase a limited number of tickets.

This year, the Global Summit will take place from the 7th – 9th November. Official invitations will be sent out once we have announced the Global Winners and Highly Commended Entrants. In the mean time, do save the dates for your diary!

Watch what the 2016 alumni have to say about last year’s Global Summit below:

The Engineering category

Engineering has been a category at The Undergraduate Awards since its inaugural year.

The category is open to all students of Engineering, including those of Computer and Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Construction, Built Environment and more.

Entries for this category must be within the 5,000-word limit and have received a 2.1/A grade.

In 2016, Sheng Rong Fang from Nanyang Technological University was the Global Winner of the category. His paper, titled “Development of Shape Memory Zirconia Particles and Powder Compacts“, was unanimously praised by the judges, who said:

It is an excellent and comprehensive piece of work. The submission presents the motivation and context of the work very clearly and the methodological rigour and effort undertaken were well noticed by all judges. The author has made attempts to develop a deep insight into the work and has summarised the findings clearly, while outlinging future works. As a piece of undergraduate research, it will continue to inspired.

Nikhil Jacob, the European Regional Winner of the Engineering category attended the UA Global Summit last November in Dublin, has some inspiring words to say about the experience.

With only 10 days left until the submission deadline for 2017, we look forward to reading all the new research in Engineering from undergraduate students around the globe.

If you are interested in submitting to the category, click here.

If you are interested in judging, click here.

The Languages & Linguistics category

Languages & Linguistics was first judged as one category in The Undergraduate Awards in 2010.

The category is designed to incorporate students of all Languages and Linguistics disciplines, including Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Syntax and Pedagogy and more. Entries for this category must be within the 5,000-word limit and have received a 2.1/A grade.

Last year, Mary Wang from Western University was the Global Winner of the category with her paper titled “Does Developmental Social Pragmatic Intervention for Children With Autism Influence Parent Language Use?“. The judges praise the paper as “well written and carefully argued”, further commented that “it had all the elements that are necessary for a successful research article at any level”.

Speaking about her achievement, Mary commented

You can also listen to an interview with Mary on ‘Ontario Morning’, during which she explained the inspiration behind her research paper.

With the submission deadline getting closer, we are very excited to receive all the inventive research in the fields of Languages & Linguistics from undergraduate students from around the globe.

If you are interested in submitting to the category, click here.

If you are interested in judging, click here.

The Education category

The Education category has been in The Undergraduate Awards since its first year.

Students of all Education Theory and Practice disciplines, including Early Childhood Education, Adult Education, Philosophy of Education, History of Education and more are eligible to submit to the category.

Entries for this category must be within the 5,000-word limit and have received a 2.1/A grade.

The 2016 Global Winner of the Education category is Angelica Ng from Nanyang Technological University with her paper titled “Comparing Cyberbullying Perpetuation on Social Media Between Primary and Secondary School Students“. The judges commended the paper as “extremely well researched and well written”, saying:

The work was impressively organised, the literature review was both extensive and inclusive of recent studies in the field and the method of investigation was appropriate. The paper explored a major problem in schools – cyberbullying on social media – and reminded us of some strategies that, if implenmented, could negatively impact the continued perpetuation of cyberbullying.

Don’t forget, the deadline for submission this year is June 13th, and we look forward to reading new research in the fields of education from undergraduate students around the world.

If you are interested in submitting to the category, click here.

If you are interested in judging, click here.

 

The Economics category

Economics has been judged as a category in The Undergraduate Awards since its inaugural year.

Students of all Economics disciplines, including Econometrics, Urban Economics, Labour Economics and more are eligible to submit to the category. Entries for this category must be within the 5,000-word limit and have received a 2.1/A grade.

The Global Winner of the Economics category in 2016 is Danielle Dobos from Stanford University with her paper titled “Modelling the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Labour Market Supply in the United States“. The paper receives high praises from the judges, who said:

Great papers in economics tackle important issues using new data and methods to figure out how to help solve these issues. This winning paper is a combination of all those three features… The paper is well written and executed and stood out in a field of very strong submissions.

With only three weeks left until the submission deadline, we look forward to reading all the new research from undergraduate students around the world for this year’s Economics category.

If you are interested in submitting to the category, click here.

If you are interested in judging, click here.

The Earth & Environmental Sciences category

Earth & Environmental Sciences have been judged together as a single category at The Undergraduate Awards since 2014.

The category is open to students of the natural environment and ecosystems disciplines, including students of Earth Science, Agriculture, Geography, Geology and more. Entries for this category must be within the 12,000-word limit and have received a 2.1/A grade.

(Note: students of Human Geography, please submit to Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category).

Last year, the category was won by Wayne Egan from the Institute Technology of Sligo with his paper “To Assess the Impact of the Bellawaddy River on the Microbiological Quality of The Bathing Waters of Enniscrone Beach, Co. Sligo, Ireland“. The judges were particularly impressed by the “balanced criticism and intellectual independence” shown in the paper, who said:

The paper, the clear winner after 3 rounds of judging, is a comprehensive scientific assessment of bathing water quality. In many ways the paper is a reference for how such a study should be conduct.

Speaking about his achievement, Wayne commented

Previous Highly Commended Entrant of the category included Jannelle Lee from the University of Alberta, who is currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Studies in Planning at the University of Waterloo after completing an eight-month internship with the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya.

We are very excited to receive all the new innovative research from undergraduate students around the world for this year’s Earth & Environmental Sciences category.

If you are interested in submitting to the category, click here.

If you are interested in judging, click here.

The Philosophy Category

Philosophy has been judged as a category at The Undergraduate Awards since its inaugural year.

The category is developed to incorporate students of Philosophy and Theology, including Ethics, Metaphysics and more.

(Note: Students of Religious Studies may submit to Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies)

Entries for this category must be within the 5,000-word limit and have received a 2.1/A grade.

In 2016, the Global Winner of the category was Ilpo Hirvonen from the University of Helsinki. His paper, titled “On the Interrelation between Phenomenology and Externalism”, highly impressed the Judging Panel, who said:

This clear and ambitious essay bridges both analytic and continental traditions in the discipline of Philosophy. It masterly manages to clarify difficult questions in the philosophical traditions of both phenomenology and externalism.

Previous Highly Commended Entrant of the category include Matthew Silberman, who will spend a year working in Seoul at one of South Korea’s biggest newspapers after graduating from Princeton University this June.

With only four weeks left until the submission deadline, we look forward to receiving submissions for this year’s Philosophy category.

If you are interested in submitting to the category, click here.

If you are interested in judging, click here.

The Computer Sciences Category

The Computer Sciences category has been in The Undergraduate Awards since its inaugural year.

Students of all Computer Sciences disciplines, including Computer Systems, Coding Languages, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence and more are eligible to submit works to the category.

Entries for the category must be within the 12,000-word limit and have received a 2.1/A grade.

Last year, the category was won by Tomas Higgins from the Dublin Institute of Technology. His paper, titled “Identifying Mood by Analysing Keystroke Dynamics”, highly impressed the Judging Panel, who commented:

This paper paves the way for novel societal contribution in the field of Computer Sciences by analysing how iT systems might be able to recognise human moods. It provides an excellent and accessible discourse on the author’s research motivation, hypothesis and evaluation. The judging panel chose this excellent paper, not simply for its own merit, but also because it demonstrates a method through which technology could be put to use to achieve individual and societal benefits.

You can read his paper in The Undergraduate Journal here.

We are very excited to receiving submissions for this year’s Computer Sciences category and reading innovative research from undergraduate students around the world.

If you are interested in submitting to the category, click here.

If you are interested in judging, click here.

The Visual Arts Category

One of the changes to the categories of The Undergraduate Awards in 2017 is the inclusion of a new Visual Arts category.

The Visual Arts category is designated specifically for the practical coursework component of art, craft and design students. Students of all areas of Art including photography, textiles, sculpture and more are eligible to submit to the category.

Unlike the rest of the paper-based categories in The Undergraduate Awards, the Visual Arts category requires students to submit images from their artist’s portfolio in .pdf or .jpeg format, with no more than 10 images are to be submitted, including one installation photo. Links to anonymous YouTube/Vimeo links may be included if appropriate.

Eligible submission is required to include an Artist Statement (max 500 words) along with the portfolio of your work. You can read our full submission guideline here.

Mohammed Sami Ali Amili from Ulster University was the Global Winner of the Visual Arts category in 2017 with his work titled ‘Paintings’, which was the result of his direct experience with the Iraq war. It was praised by the Judging Panel who commented:

The paintings deal with an aesthetic pravis that needs to avoid the aestheticisation of horror and are an actualisation of a cultural concern

Previous Highly Commended Entrants in the category included Maansi Jain from New York University, who currently works as an artist in Berlin and has published several works on Broadly and i-D Magazine; and Susanne Wawra from the National College of Art & Design, who was one of four artists featured in the Irish Times’ list of “50 people to watch in 2017“.

We are very excited to see all the submissions we receive into this new category!

If you are interested in submitting to the category, click here. If you are interested in judging, click here.

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