UT Co-Op George H. Mitchell Award

Student Awards for Academic Excellence

In Spring 2024 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.


March 20, 2024


Applicants must be either a junior or senior currently enrolled at UT or have received their undergraduate degree in December 2023. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Mitchell Video Prompt (90 second video introducing yourself and your project)
  3. A one to two page CV or resume highlighting activities and achievements during your years of study at UT.
  4. A scanned copy of your academic summary available through the Texas One Stop at no cost.
  5. The UT Co-op George H. Mitchell Student Statement is to be completed in Interfolio.
  6. The faculty recommendation form. Please do not request a recommendation letter via Interfolio.
  7. 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 20, 2024 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

Stephane Hatgis-Kessel

Award: $7,000
Major: Computer Science
Category: Grand Prize, STEM
Winning Project: Models of human preference for learning reward functions

Amtul-noor Rana

Award: $7,000
Major: Neuroscience Honors
Category: Grand Prize, Social Sciences
Winning Project: Validating the Use of Telehealth for Identifying Cognitive Impairments in Older Adults

Emma Gueorguieva

Award: $5,000
Major: Psychology
Category: Social Sciences
Winning Project: Language Analysis of Emotional Expression in Naturalistic and Experimental Text Samples

Katherine Faulkner

Award: $5,000
Major: Environmental Science and Biological Science Honors
Category: STEM
Winning Project: Long-Term Evolutionary Trends Within Benthic Foraminifera

Benjamin Cervantes

Award: $5,000
Major: Theatre and Dance
Category: Artistic/Creative
Winning Project: A Second Look into the Theatrical World of Jim Steinman

Sophia Kontos

Award: $5,000
Major: International Relations and Global Studies and Plan II
Category: Humanities
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

Thomas Jennings

Award: $1,625
Major: English and Humanities
Category: Artistic/Creative
Project: Udumbara Press

Amanda Figueroa-Nieves

Award: $1,625
Major: History and Plan II
Category: Humanities
Project: “LA LUCHA” Federal Responses to Anti-Navy Protests in Vieques, post-1990

Sarah Syamken

Award: $1,625
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

Neel Nagarajan

Award: $1,625
Major: Astronomy
Category: STEM
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


Year Award Name Category
2022 $7,000

Aniket Sanghi

2022 $7,000

Alexandria Passanisi

2022 $6,000

Vivek Ramanathan

2022 $5,000

John Prado

2022 $5,000

Amelia Mercado

Social Sciences
2022 $5,000

Alex Cao and Caleb Zhang

2022 $1,625

Matthew Santoso

2022 $1,625

Megan Snopik

2022 $1,625

Jackie Yang

Social Sciences
2022 $1,625

Macaella Gray and Zoe Roden

2021 $3,000

Jeremian Abdullah

2021 $3,000

Leonardo Di Bonaventura Altuve

Social Sciences
2021 $3,000

Joseph Guidry

2021 $3,000

Mark Simmons

2020 $3,500 Ethan Russo Humanities
2020 $2,500 Austin Ali Artistic/Creative
2020 $2,500 Zoe de Beurs STEM
2020 $2,500 Maike Morrison STEM
2020 $2,500 Ishaana Talesara Social Sciences
2019 $12,000 Ariel Rebekah Barr STEM
2019 $5,000 Logan Pearce STEM
2019 $5,000 Scott Spivey Social Sciences
2019 $2,500 Aliyah Conley Humanities
2019 $2,500 Griffin Glenn STEM
2018 $12,000 Zahra Ahmed STEM
2018 $5,000 James Ding Social Sciences
2018 $5,000 Oluwaseun Olayiwola Artistic/Creative
2018 $2,500 Ashlie Martinez STEM
2018 $2,500 John Lin STEM
2017 $12,000 Luis Cataldo Humanities
2017 $5,000 Nathan Rebello STEM
2017 $5,000 Benjamin Stevenson Artistic/Creative
2017 $2,500 Gabrielle McRoberts Social Sciences
2017 $2,500 Bronwyn Scott STEM
2016 $10,000 Nell McKeown Humanities
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
2016 $2,000 Macey Shay Humanities
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

Application Support

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 help@interfolio.com or phone at (877) 997-8807.