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.
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 alumni network and other opportunities to raise their profiles and further their career paths.
In 2016, The Undergraduate Awards (UA) recognized 33 papers by 29 Western students as Highly Commended Entrants - or the top 10 per cent in their fields. This is the second highest number of highly-commended papers in the world, out of 244 institutions and more than 5,500 submissions worldwide. Mary Wang was selected as a gold medal recipient in the category of Language and Linguistics. In addition, five others received regional awards for the top papers in all of the United States and Canada: Mallory Jackman, Rebecca Meharchand, Naciza Masikini, Jethro Kwong, and Michelle Bunton.
Watch this video from The Undergraduate Awards Global Summit 2016, featuring some Western students.
In 2015, 27 Western students were selected among the Highly Commended. 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.
Any piece of individual undergraduate coursework that received an "A" grade or higher.
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.
Step 1: Students register online at www.undergraduateawards.com. 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 www.undergraduateawards.com 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.
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.
The Undergraduate Awards highly commended papers from previous years are available through the Scholarship @Western website.
For more information contact:
Lise Laporte, Director, International Learning
519-661-2111 ext. 85489