The Undergraduate Awards
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?
Global Gold Medal 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. Highly Commended (top 10%) are invited to attend the Global Summit.
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.
"It's a really nice and affirming experience to build this and have someone say your work is valid and not only is your work valid for this classroom but your work is valid on a global level.”
"I am looking forward to all the aspects of diversity – from the people I’ll meet to all of the different disciplines represented. It’s an amazing opportunity.”
Who is eligible to apply?
- Students in their final year, or second-last year of an undergraduate degree program, OR those who graduated in 2019 (includes second-entry undergraduate degree programs such as law, medicine, dentistry, business, social work, etc...)
- Western encourages 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.
What can I submit?
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.
How To Submit
Students register online at 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.
Once their paper is polished, students will submit them independently to The Undergraduate Awards by the June 2 deadline. Students submit their coursework online, making sure their name and
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.
Past Undergraduate Awards Results, Photos and Videos for Western
In 2019, 15 papers by 15 students were selected as "Highly Commended" or the top 10% in their fields.
- Madelaine Coelho, BA'19, won the Global Gold Medal in Sociology & Social Policy
- Cynthia Qi, BMSc'19, won the Global Gold Medal in Linguistics
Two students had papers selected as regional winners - best papers in US & Canada:
- Georgia McCutcheon (Business)
- David Jonathan Fulop Cohen (Medical Sciences)
In 2018, The Undergraduate Awards (UA) recognized 23 Western students as Highly Commended Entrants - or the top 10 per cent in their fields. Tiffany Ni won the Global Gold Medal in Medical Sciences. In addition, four students had papers selected as regional winners - best papers in US & Canada: Katherine Braun (Earth & Environmental Science), John Chmiel (Life Science), Wyatt Merkley (Literature) and Domonic MacDonald (Politicis & International Relations)
Watch this video from The Undergraduate Awards Global Summit 2018, featuring some Western students.
In 2017, The Undergraduate Awards (UA) recognized 43 papers by 38 Western students as Highly Commended Entrants - or the top 10 per cent in their fields. Amy Lewis won the Global Gold Medal in Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Healthcare, and Bridget Murphy won the Global Gold Medal in Earth & Environmental Sciences. In addition, three students had papers selected as regional winners - best papers in US &
Watch this video from The Undergraduate Awards Global Summit 2017, featuring some Western students.
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
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