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The Prize

The Undergraduate Awards 2015 Prize

The Undergraduate Awards (UA) is the world’s only prestigious and international academic awards programme, which is wholly pan-discipline. It aims to celebrate and support the world’s brightest and most innovative undergraduate students by recognising their best coursework and projects. The UA is a unique initiative that identifies the world’s top undergraduate research; aims to identify leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework and awards across 25 different categories. Students are chosen for their innovative approach to their subject area – creating world-class research to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges.

As well as coming to Dublin for an all-expenses-paid trip to receive their medal, UA provides top performing students with the support, network and opportunities they require to raise their profiles and further their career paths.

The Recognition

Becoming a winner, or even highly commended, means your research is the top of your field. The Undergraduate Awards identifies and recognises the most creative and nuanced arguments and ideas coming out at undergraduate level internationally. The overall winners are published in our annual academic journal. The journals are sent to every university library and is often requested by academics as a directory of the finest undergraduates from every discipline. You can see previous journals here. This recognition at the undergraduate level can be catalytic when pursuing further studies, or your chosen career.

The Journal

The Network

Recipients of the Undergraduate Awards are members of an eclectic mix of some of the world’s most creative thinkers and problem-solvers. Being part of the alumni of UA winners gives you unparalleled access to world class students from across the globe. Check out our existing alumni here.

The Summit

Winners are brought to the UA Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland. This is a four-day networking and brainstorming event which brings together the brightest and most innovative students in the world.

The best thing about the UA Global Summit was the opportunity to meet the other winners and highly commended students from all over the world, and across all the disciplines. It was a really challenging and empowering three days!” (Highly Commended Attendee, 2012)

Each year, the winners and highly commended entrants are invited to Dublin to attend the UA Global Summit – a “Davos for students”. The top students from around the world take part in discussions, workshops and events all geared towards enhancing their personal development, encouraging responsible leadership and equipping them with the knowledge they need to further themselves, their ideas and research.

Perfect – three of the best days of my life so far. Gave me clarity to think through a few hard decisions about what direction I want my career to take and has affirmed some aspirations of mine.” (Winner, 2013)

The Summit is exclusive in that only winners and highly commended students can attend. The Summit is designed to celebrate these outstanding students from across the world, and to inspire them with speakers assembled from a diverse range of backgrounds; as diverse as the category winners themselves. The four-day conference reaches its pinnacle at the Undergraduate Awards Ceremony where each of the UA winners are presented with their Gold Medal, for their leading-edge research and course work.

To become a part of this growing network of outstanding students you can submit your work to The Undergraduate Awards by clicking on the UA Form here. If you are not ready to submit your work just yet, you can simply save your details on the UA Form and upload your paper at a later date. #awardyourwork

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