In recognition of their superior scholarly and creative achievement while at UT Austin, seven undergraduate students were honored at the seventeenth annual University Co-op George H. Mitchell award ceremony at the AT&T Conference Center on April 25, 2016.
This year’s $10,000 grand prize winner is Nell McKeown, a senior Plan II and English major whose thesis research explored the representation of women in William Shakespeare's plays.
This year’s ceremony was also a celebration of the award namesake, George Mitchell, who is retiring as CEO of the University Co-op after 29 years. Numerous past recipients attended and shared their individual stories about how receiving this award and receiving the funding was a pivotal moment in their careers.
“We couldn’t celebrate our students who go above and beyond without the support of our friends, and the university has truly valuable one in George Mitchell. George is more than just a friend to the university,” said Janet Dukerich, senior vice provost at UT Austin. “He is a big part of the Longhorn family, and his generous support and dedication to the Co-op and UT help make it possible for students like these to come to our campus, grow and learn, and then go on to do great things that change the world.”
As the university works to ensure all undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in research and experiential learning, these students represent the value and how much can be accomplished as an undergraduate on the Forty Acres.
“We are here today to celebrate the significant academic accomplishments of a select number of dedicated students, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of celebrating their success,” explained Dukerich.