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. 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.
- The faculty recommendation form.
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.
2020 Award Recipients
Major: Plan II Honors and Mathematics
Winning Project: Two Essays in Philosophical Logic
Major: Plan II Honors and Music Composition
Winning Project: A Musical Portrait of Triton, the Rogue Moon of Neptune
Zoe de Beurs
Major: Physics and Honors Astronomy
Winning Project: Classifying X-ray Binaries Using Three Machine Learning Methods
Major: Honors Mathematics
Winning Project: Conscientious Vaccination Exemptions in Kindergarten to Eighth-Grade Children
Major: Economics and Mathematics
Category: Social Sciences
Winning Project: Culture and Divorce: An Analysis of Immigrants to the United States
|2019||$12,000||Ariel Rebekah Barr||STEM|
|2019||$5,000||Scott Spivey||Social Sciences|
|2018||$5,000||James Ding||Social Sciences|
|2017||$2,500||Gabrielle McRoberts||Social Sciences|
|2016||$3,000||Lillian Leone||Social Sciences|
|2016||$3,000||Shelby Walford||Sciences or Technology|
|2016||$3,000||Aydin Zahedivash||Sciences or Technology|
|2016||$2,000||Mohnish Gandhi||Social Sciences|
|2016||$2,000||Jaclyn Kachelmeyer||Social Sciences|
|2015||$10,000||Victoria Arnold||Sciences or Technology|
|2015||$3,000||Noor Momin||Sciences or Technology|
|2015||$3,000||Thales Smith||Artistic/Creative Project or Performance|
|2015||$2,000||Nikita Klimovich||Sciences or Technology|
|2015||$2,000||Nalin Ratnayeke||Sciences or Technology|
|2014||$3,000||Lindsay Mulford||Social Sciences|
|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|
The University of Texas at Austin is using an Interfolio product to collect award applications. Applicants to this position receive a Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.
For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out Interfolio’s help and support section or get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (877) 997-8807.