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The Undergraduate Awards

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

Register now for the 2016 competition.
The deadline to submit your entry has been extended to June 14, 2016. 

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.

In 2015, 27 Western students were selected among the "highly commended" or top 10 per cent in their fields. This is the second highest number of highly-commended students in the world, out of 255 institutions and more than 5,000 submissions worldwide. Jane Hutchison and Michelle Harder were the only Canadian students to win top honours, receiving the winning medals in the categories of Education, and Literature (Pre 1710).

Watch this video from The Undergraduate Awards 2015, featuring Professor Joel Falfak, Director of Western's School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities (SASAH)

In 2014, 11 Western students were invited to attend the Global Summit in Dublin as their papers were selected among the "highly commended."  Milani Sivapragasam, a graduate of the Bachelor of Medical Sciences program, received the winning medal in the category of Medical Sciences.

Watch this video from The Undergraduate Awards 2014, featuring three Western students!, to hear about the experience.

Who is eligible to apply?

What can I submit?

Any piece of individual undergraduate coursework that received an "A" grade or higher.

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: Fill out a quick online form to tell Western International about your intent to submit to The Undergraduate Awards, then consider connecting with your professor to get feedback and polish your paper.

Step 3: Once their paper is polished, students will submit them independently to The Undergraduate Awards via the website at by the May 31 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.

The Undergraduate Awards Global Summit 2015

Group photo of Western students who attending the Undergraduate Awards 2015 Global Summit

Jane Hutchison and Michelle Harder receiving winning medals from Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

Pictured above are the Western students who attended the 2015 Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland, and the winning recipients, Jane Hutchison (left) and Michelle Harder (right), receiving their medals from His Excellency, Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland.

View Previous Highly Commended Papers

The Undergraduate Awards highly commended papers from previous years are available through the Scholarship @Western website.

More Information

The Undergraduate Awards website

For more information contact:

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