Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research - Faculty Nomination

The Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research was established to encourage undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative achievement and to recognize the high quality of work being conducted by undergraduate students at the University at Albany. Students cannot apply for this award directly; a faculty member within their school or college must nominate eligible students by Friday, February 24, 2023

Nominations will be accepted from faculty and researchers beginning on Friday, December 2, 2022 through Friday, February 24, 2023

Complete the nomination form 

Student Eligibility

  • Nominated student must be a junior or senior (completed a minimum of 56 credits) who has demonstrated outstanding scholastic ability.
  • Students who graduated in December 2022 are eligible for nomination.
  • Student must have made considerable progress on a paper or project in their major, which originated in an upper-level course, independent study, or honors program under the direction of a UAlbany faculty member.
  • Drafts or Final versions of paper/projects will be considered.
  • The paper or project must have been initiated after May 15, 2022 and should be finished or represent a work in progress suitable for presentation by May 12, 2023.

Award Specifications

Recipients of the Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research will be presented with the award during an Award Ceremony as part of the inaugural UAlbany Showcase Day on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

Student Recipients of the Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research are expected to present their project for the Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research at the inaugural UAlbany Showcase Day on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Students will be notified by CURCE of this expectation and may present their work during a department or school/college presentation session during Showcase Day.

Nomination Process

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (CURCE) sends a call for nominations directly to the Dean of each School and College. This call includes the number of awards available for their school or college. The Dean (or their designee) is responsible for disseminating the information, including the direct link to this nomination form, to their department chairs and faculty.

Faculty members complete the online nomination form, including uploading a draft or current version of the student's project. All information for the nomination must be submitted no later than Friday, February 24, 2023. The nomination form will become inactive and unavailable after 11:59 PM on this date.

CURCE will provide the nominations received for their school or college to the Dean for review. The Dean, their designee, and/or committee within the school or college will make the final selection of the award recipients. The names of final selection of award winners must be sent to CURCE by close of business (5:00 PM) on Friday, March 17, 2023.

Student recipients of the Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research will be notified via email in early April 2023.