UT Co-Op George H. Mitchell Award
Student Awards for Academic Excellence
In Spring 2023 the University of Texas at Austin, with the generous support of the University Co-op, will recognize up to five undergraduate students for superior scholarly or creative achievement. Four recipients will receive awards of $5,000 each and one will receive the top prize of $7,000.
The Mitchell Awards Selection Committee consists of university faculty members who choose the recipients.
- UT Honors Twelve Undergraduates for Academic Excellence (June 14, 2022)
- UT Honors Ten Undergraduates for Academic Excellence (May 4, 2023)
March 21, 2023
Applicants must be either a junior or senior currently enrolled at UT or have received their undergraduate degree in December 2022. Submitted work should be finished or close to finished (e.g. a complete draft of a thesis or research paper). Previous 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 following materials must be uploaded via Interfolio:
- 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.
- Mitchell Video Prompt (90 second video introducing yourself and your project)
- A one to two page CV or resume highlighting activities and achievements during your years of study at UT.
- A scanned copy of your academic summary available through the Texas One Stop at no cost.
- The UT Co-op George H. Mitchell Student Statement is to be completed in Interfolio.
- The faculty recommendation form. Please do not request a recommendation letter via Interfolio.
- The Official UT Austin Applicant Screening Questions and UT Austin Applicant Source forms will be completed in Interfolio. Although these forms are primarily used for university-wide faculty recruitment, they must be completed to finalize your application.
All of the above materials must be uploaded and your application submitted no later than March 21, 2023 11:59 p.m. CST.
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?
Yes, as long as the work was completed while you were a UT student. A letter of recommendation from a UT 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.
2023 UT Co-op George H. Mitchell Award Recipients
Major: Computer Science
Category: Grand Prize, STEM
Winning Project: Models of human preference for learning reward functions
Major: Neuroscience Honors
Category: Grand Prize, Social Sciences
Winning Project: Validating the Use of Telehealth for Identifying Cognitive Impairments in Older Adults
Category: Social Sciences
Winning Project: Language Analysis of Emotional Expression in Naturalistic and Experimental Text Samples
Major: Environmental Science and Biological Science Honors
Winning Project: Long-Term Evolutionary Trends Within Benthic Foraminifera
Major: Theatre and Dance
Winning Project: A Second Look into the Theatrical World of Jim Steinman
Major: International Relations and Global Studies and Plan II
Winning Project: “European Just on Eurosong:” Examining Performances of Nation and European Identity at the Eurovision Song Contest
2023 George H. Mitchell Award – Special Recognition
Major: English and Humanities
Project: Udumbara Press
Major: History and Plan II
Project: “LA LUCHA” Federal Responses to Anti-Navy Protests in Vieques, post-1990
Major: International Relations and Global Studies and Spanish
Category: Social Sciences
Project: Linguistic Typology and Cross-Linguistic Influence in L3 Brazilian Portuguese Morphology Acquisition by U.S. Spanish Heritage Speakers
Project: Chemical Compositions of Red Giant Stars in the Old Open Cluster
2023 George H. Mitchell Semi-Finalists
Lokesh Pugalenthi, STEM
Mia Orlandella, Humanities
Eduardo Rincon, Humanities
Ria Goyal, Social Sciences
Leah Blom, Artistic/Creative
Anna Valdman, Artistic/Creative
Alex Cao and Caleb Zhang
Macaella Gray and Zoe Roden
Leonardo Di Bonaventura Altuve
|2020||$2,500||Zoe de Beurs||STEM|
|2020||$2,500||Ishaana Talesara||Social Sciences|
|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.
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