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Undergraduate Research: Awards, Events, and Resources

This guide provides information about AU support for undergraduate research, including events, competitions and prizes, and research methodologies.

Annual Competitions and Prizes

College of Arts and Sciences

Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference 
Cash prizes are awarded for outstanding presentations.


Honors

Honors Capstone Research Awards
A group of twenty students are selected from the various schools and departments to give a ten-minute oral presentations on the essence of their capstone work. Another twenty students are selected to present their capstone work during the poster presentation period.  A panel of judges selects the students who will receive an Honors Capstone Research Conference Award.

 

Kogod School of Business

Annual Kogod Case Competition
The Competition is one of the premier annual events hosted by the Kogod School of Business. It is an excellent opportunity for students to sharpen their communication skills, presentation style, and problem-solving techniques. Students have the opportunity to network with over 60 business leaders who judge the competition. The event is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at AU and invited Kogod-partner schools. The events are juried.  

 
Library

Vincenza and W. Donald Bowles Award
The Vincenza and W. Donald Bowles Award to recognize students for conducting outstanding research or pursuing a course of study addressing productivity, income, or poverty in the United States through empirical, theoretical, or artistic efforts. The $1,000 award will be given annually in November, following evaluation by a committee comprised of teaching faculty and librarians from AU.

Research Award for Best College Writing Paper
This award recognizes students for outstanding research and writing in a College Writing course. The $1,000 award will be given annually at the end of the spring semester following evaluation by a committee comprised of teaching faculty and library faculty from AU.

Research Award for Best Undergraduate Paper
This award recognizes students for outstanding research and writing in any AU course. The $1,000 award will be given annually at the end of the spring semester following evaluation by a committee comprised of teaching faculty and library faculty from AU.

 

School of Communication

Visions 2014: Media That Matters
The VISIONS festival attracts respected media industry professionals and students from all disciplines, culminates with The VISIONS Festival Award Ceremony. Outstanding undergraduate and outstanding graduate work is eligible for many awards.

 

School of International Service

SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium
Outstanding papers, presentations, and posters are recognized at this student-organized symposium.

 

School of Public Affairs

SPA Undergraduate Research Symposium
This is an annual forum for undergraduate students to present their original scholarly and creative work before colleagues, friends, and faculty. Cash awards will be given for the best presentations, and top students will be recognized at the SPA Awards Ceremony.  Open to all students who have taken an SPA course.

Prize for Best Undergraduate Essay on Classical Liberalism
The Political Theory Institute awards a prize of $500 at the annual SPA Awards Ceremony.  The contest is open to all AU undergraduates and is intended to foster critical reflection on the key authors, concepts, and arguments of classical liberalism, including but not limited to individual liberty, equality, democracy, constitutionalism, and commerce. As used here, classical liberalism denotes a topic, not an agenda, and the prize will be given to the most intelligent and well-argued essay on these topics regardless of philosophical or political perspective. Essays about the place of classical liberalism in the American political tradition are welcome.