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If you have an excellent piece of coursework
then international recognition is only a few steps away!

What are The Undergraduate Awards?

The Undergraduate Awards acknowledge excellence in undergraduate academia across all disciplines through an international call for top scholarly submissions. Students submit high-quality coursework to compete against top undergraduate scholars from around the world.

Why should I submit my coursework?

Recipients of The Undergraduate Awards are invited to Dublin for an all-expenses-paid trip to receive their medal and attend a three-day Global Summit. All winners are published in the Undergraduate Journal, which is circulated internationally. Students selected to receive The Undergraduate Awards also have access to support, the UA network and other opportunities to raise their profiles and further their career paths.

Watch this video from The Undergraduate Awards to hear from past recipients.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students in their final year, or second-last year of an undergraduate degree program
  • Western will accept submissions from both main campus and Affiliate University Colleges
  • Part-time students who are studying an undergraduate degree may also take part in UA, on the basis that they have completed at least two-thirds of their program.
  • There are 25 categories ranging from the sciences, to social science, to arts and humanities, to professional programs.

Selection Criteria

Students are chosen for their innovative approach to their subject area – "creating world-class research to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges." The Undergraduate Awards gather a panel of academics in each field to anonymously assess the work. They select the top 10% in each category, and from that the winner.

How it works

Step 1: Students register online at Interested students should do this step immediately to hold their space and ensure they will be able to submit their final papers by the deadline.

Step 2: Submit your coursework to Western International by 11:59 pm on May 5, 2014 via email to Please submit your work as a PDF. Once received, Western International will match students with faculty mentors to polish and prepare their submission for entering to The Undergraduate Awards.

Step 3: Once polished, students will submit their papers independently to The Undergraduate Awards via the website at by the June 2 deadline. Students submit their coursework online, making sure their name and university is not included in the actual submission.

There is no fee to register or enter your work. Students may enter up to three individual submissions.

More Information

The Undergraduate Awards website

Western International contact:

Lise Laporte, Manager International Learning
519-661-2111 ext. 85489