Selected following a rigorous judging process, involving over 260 judges from third level institutions across the globe, each of our winners has been awarded for their academic excellence, independent thinking and innovative approach to coursework embodied by the paper they submitted to The Undergraduate Awards.

From 2016, The Undergraduate Awards programme will be split into seven regions:

  • Africa & the Middle East,
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Ireland
  • Latin America
  • Oceania
  • US & Canada

Under this system, we will announce the highest performing Highly Commended Entrant, from each of the seven regions as the Regional Winner in each of the 25 categories.
The aim of regionalising the programme is to recognise more students who are outstanding within their region. For a student to be named a Regional Winner, they will have to first be recognised as a Highly Commended Entrant (rank in the top 10% of submissions globally).

Global Winner

The Global Winner in each category is the top performing entrant of all regions in that category. In recognition of this extraordinary achievement, Global Winners are awarded a gold medal and certificate, which they receive at the UA Global Summit. Indeed, Global Winners are invited to attend the UA Global Summit free of charge, with travel expenses covered. Their winning paper is also published in our annual academic journal, The Undergraduate Journal. Following the UA Global Summit, Global Winners are invited to join the UA Alumni Network.

  • Gold Medal & Certificate
  • Published in The Undergraduate Journal
  • All expenses paid to the UA Global Summit
  • Membership of the UA Alumni Network


Regional Winner

Regional Winners in each category are the top-performing Highly Commended Entrants from each region. Therefore, there can be up to seven Regional Winners in any one category, reflecting the seven regions where UA operates: Africa & the Middle East, Asia, EuropeIreland, Latin America, Oceania and US & Canada. Regional Winners receive priority booking to purchase a ticket to the annual UA Global Summit. Regional Winners also join the UA Alumni Network.

  • Certificate
  • Priority booking to the UA Global Summit
  • Membership of the UA Alumni Network

Highly Commended

Highly Commended Entrants are those whose papers were placed in the top 10% globally in each category. Highly Commended Entrants receive a certificate to recognise their innovative undergraduate research and are eligible to purchase a ticket for the exclusive UA Global Summit. Highly Commended Entrants also become members of the UA Alumni Network.

  • Certificate
  • Invitation to the UA Global Summit
  • Membership of the UA Alumni Network


The last few days have been some of the most inspirational of my life. I met some of the most incredible people from all over the world and was exposed to some amazing speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds. Talking to people about their work has been so interesting and even more so considering the obstacles some had to overcome to get to where they are. I feel honoured to be able to call myself a winner of such a prestigious award and am so grateful for my experience. (Overall Winner, 2014)


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