University Co-op George H. Mitchell Award

Student Awards for Academic Excellence

Each spring, UT Austin, with the generous support of the University Co-op, recognizes up to five undergraduate students for superior scholarly or creative achievement. Two students receive awards of $2,500 each, two students receive awards of $5,000 each, and one student receives the top award of $12,000.

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost provides a concurrent award of half the value of each student’s award to the academic department in which the scholarly work was supervised. The Co-op Awards Selection Committee consists of university faculty members who choose the recipients.

A faculty member must submit student nominations for this award. 

Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Eligibility

Nominees must be either a junior or senior currently enrolled at UT Austin or have received their undergraduate degree in December of 2016.  Submitted work should be finished or close to finished (e.g., a complete draft of a thesis or research paper). Previous University Co-op / George H. Mitchell Awards recipients are eligible only if the submitted work is a completely different project. Both the student application and the faculty nomination, with all their supporting materials, must be received by the deadline in order for the application to be considered.

The application for the Co-op / Mitchell award is in 2 parts:

Part 1: Online Student Application

The following materials must be uploaded by the student applicant:

  1. The student project (paper, thesis, publication, video, artwork, etc.) in a single digital file. If you are providing a YouTube, Vimeo, or similar link, please prepare a document briefly describing your project and referencing your link.
  2. A 1-2 page CV or resume highlighting activities and achievements during your years of study at UT Austin.
  3. A 1 page statement in which you place your project in the context of your educational experiences at UT Austin and your future occupational work or graduate school plans. Describe how you see the project or work for which you have been nominated fitting into your vision for yourself as a developing young scholar or artist in your field. (Limit 1 page, 12 point font.)
  4. A scanned copy of your academic summary, which is available through the Registrar’s Office at no cost.

Part 2: Online Faculty Nomination

A faculty member must submit a letter of nomination for the student applicant using the nomination link on this page. The letter should be on departmental letterhead and should describe in detail how the nominee has demonstrated superior scholarly or creative achievement through a notable paper or thesis, research project, creative or artistic endeavor, or other product of the student’s academic work. In case of a collaborative project, describe the student’s contribution and why it is substantial. The committee will pay particular attention to your explanation of the significance of the work in the context of the relevant field of study.

2016 Award Recipients

Nell McKowen

Nell McKeown

Award: $10,000
College of Liberal Arts, Plan II Honors and English
Thesis Title: "A Woman's General; What Should We Fear?": The Women of Shakespeare's Histories in Performance

Lillian Leone

Lillian Leone

Award: $3,000
College of Liberal Arts, Plan II Honors and Italian
Thesis Title: The Contemporary Purposes of the Past: Evaluating the use of cultural heritage as a "new paradigm" for socio-economic development

Shelby Walford

Shelby Walford

Award: $3,000
Cockrell School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Title: An investigation of bilateral symmetry during manual wheelchair propulsion

Aydin Zahedivash

Aydin Zahedivash

Award: $3,000
Cockrell School of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
Thesis Title: Automated Coronary Plaque Characterization and Risk Assessment Using Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography and a Smart-Algorithm Approach

Mohnish Gandhi

Mohnish Gandhi

Award: $2,000
McCombs School of Business, Plan II Honors, Finance, Business Honors
Thesis Title: What's the Interest in Payday Regulation: A Qualitative Analysis of the State of Payday Lending in the United States

Jaclyn Kachelmeyer

Jaclyn Kachelmeyer

Award: $2,000
College of Liberal Arts, Plan II Honors and International Relations and Global Studies
Thesis Title: Beyond Terroir: The Political Ecology of Climate Change, Production, and Transformation in the South African Wine Industry

Macey Shay

Macey Shay

Award: $2,000
College of Liberal Arts, Plan I Honors and History
Thesis Title: Jewish Educational Philanthropy in Comparison: The Schools of the Jewish Colonization Association and the Alliance Israélite Universelle in Argentina and Palestine, 1889-1914

Past Winners

Year Award Name Category
2015 $10,000 Victoria Arnold Sciences or Technology
2015 $3,000 Ciaran Dean-Jones Humanities
2015 $3,000 Noor Momin Sciences or Technology
2015 $3,000 Thales Smith Artistic/Creative Project or Performance
2015 $2,000 Kaitlyn Kennedy Humanities
2015 $2,000 Nikita Klimovich Sciences or Technology
2015 $2,000 Nalin Ratnayeke Sciences or Technology
2014 $10,000 Lucy Kerr Humanities
2014 $3,000 Lindsay Mulford Social Sciences
2014 $3,000 Patrick Naeve Humanities
2014 $2,000 Lucy Junker Humanities
2014 $2,000 Casey Nice Humanities
2013 $12,500 Victor Vu Science and Technology
2013 $12,500 Katherine Noble Artistic and Creative
2013 $5,000 Isaac Gomez Artistic and Creative
2013 $5,000 Andrew Wortham Social Sciences
2013 $2,000 Ashty Karim Science and Technology
2013 $2,000 Leon Dean Science and Technology
2013 $2,000 Hannah Waitt Humanities