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. Four students receive awards of $5,000 each, and one student receives the top award of $7,000.
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.
Applicants must be either a junior or senior currently enrolled at UT or have received their undergraduate degree in December 2019. 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 with all its supporting materials and the faculty recommendation form must be received by the deadline for the application to be considered.
The student project (paper, thesis, publication, video, artwork, etc.) in a single digital file. If the project is a video, provide a YouTube or Vimeo link in a Word or PDF document briefly describing your project and referencing your link.
A one to two page CV or resume highlighting activities and achievements during your years of study at UT.
The Mitchell Award Student Statement to be completed in Interfolio.
Frequently Asked Questions:
May I submit more than one project?
Students may submit only one project per year of applying for the Co-op / Mitchell award.
May I co-submit a project with another student?
Yes, co-submissions are accepted. Only one student should submit the application on behalf of the team. Only one letter of recommendation should be submitted for the team.
May I submit a project that involves research/activities not completed at UT Austin?
Yes, as long as the work was completed while you were a UT student. A letter of recommendation from a UT Austin faculty member is still required.
May I submit more than one letter of recommendation?
No, only one letter of recommendation should be submitted per application. In the event that more than one faculty member supervised your work, they may co-write a letter of recommendation.