The Undergraduate Awards

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DEADLINE EXTENDED to June 16, 2019

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. 

“My undergraduate degree at Western really allowed me to be exposed to a lot of researchers who guided me in my career. The NSERC research project taught me to think critically and allowed me to appreciate the amazing effort that goes into every single scientific discovery.”


Tiffany Ni, BMSc'18 was recently named a Global Winner in the Medical Sciences category of The 2018 Undergraduate Awards for her thesis research which examined how an antioxidant could protect against drug-induced hearing loss 

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students in their final year, or second-last year of an undergraduate degree program, OR those who graduated in 2018 (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.

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 by the June 16 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

Past Undergraduate Awards Results, Photos and Videos for Western

2018 Undergraduate Awards Winners

In 2018, 26 papers by 23 students were selected as "Highly Commended" or the top 10% in their fields.

  • Tiffany Ni, BSc'18, won the Global Gold Medal in Medical Sciences 

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

  • John Chmiel (Life Sciences)
  • Wyatt Merkley (Literature)
  • Domonic MacDonald (Politics & International Relations)

More details on our 2018 Results

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

  • 2014

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

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 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.