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 7, 2020.

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Student Eligibility

Nominees must be juniors or seniors who have demonstrated outstanding scholastic ability and who are enrolled full time. To be eligible, students 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. The paper or project must have been initiated after May 19, 2019 and should be finished or represent a work in progress suitable for presentation by May 17, 2020.

Award Specifications

Nominated students must have been a matriculated student in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

Recipients of the Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research are strongly encouraged to participate in the 17th Annual Undergraduate Conference that will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 as part of the University at Albany Showcase.

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 and must submit all information for the students no later than Friday, February 7, 2020. 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, February 28, 2020.