George H. Mitchell Award
Student Awards for Academic Excellence
In Spring 2021, The University of Texas at Austin will recognize up to four undergraduate students for superior scholarly or creative achievement who will receive awards of $3,000 each.
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 Mitchell Awards Selection Committee consists of university faculty members who choose the recipients.
Not Accepting Applications
Applicants must be either a junior or senior currently enrolled at UT or have received their undergraduate degree in December 2020. Submitted work should be finished or close to finished (e.g. a complete draft of a thesis or research paper). Previous 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.
All of the above materials must be uploaded and your application submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on the deadline to be considered for the award.
Frequently Asked Questions:
May I submit more than one project?
Students may submit only one project per year of applying for the 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.
2021 Award Recipients
Winning Project: Land of Opportunity
Leonardo Di Bonaventura Altuve
Major: International Relations and Global Studies & Latin American Studies
Category: Social Sciences
Winning Project: The Collective Promotion of Democracy and Authoritarian Backsliding: The Organization of American States in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Honduras
Major: Astronomy and Physics
Winning Project: I Spy Transits and Pulsations: Empirical Variability in White Dwarfs Using Gaia and the Zwicky Transient Facility
Winning Project: Reconstructing Proto-Naduhupan Prosody
|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.
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.