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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 2018 competition to reserve your place in your category.
The deadline to submit your entry is June 12, 2018.

>> See full submission guidelines for details.

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 alumni network and other opportunities to raise their profiles and further their career paths.

Amy Lewis, 2017 Global Gold Medal Recipient"The Undergraduate Awards provides students with a unique opportunity to disseminate knowledge on issues they are passionate about. Not only are students able to share significant findings, they also learn from cutting-edge leaders at the UA Global Summit. I highly recommend students to submit works that they feel create impact."

Amy Lewis
2017 Global Gold Medal Recipient
Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare


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 To Submit

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:
Once their paper is polished, students will submit them independently to The Undergraduate Awards via the website at by the June 12 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.

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:

Melissa Ostrowski, International Learning Coordinator
519-661-2111 ext. 81156

Past Undergraduate Awards Results, Photos and Videos for Western

Undergraduate Awards 2017 Group

In 2017, 43 papers by 38 students were selected as "Highly Commended" or the top 10% in their fields.
Amy Lewis, BScN'17, won the Global Gold Medal in Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Healthcare.
Bridget Murphy, BSc'17, won the Global Gold Medal in Earth & Environmental Sciences.

Three students had papers selected as regional winners - best papers in US & Canada:

Emily Csiszar (Law)
Hunster Yang (Psychology)
Melanie Matthews - King's University College (Social Sciences: Sociology & Social Policy)

More details on our 2017 Results


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)

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.


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.