2017 UURAF Award Ceremony

The 2017 UURAF Award Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 12 from 3:30-4:45 PM in the MSU Ballroom.  Student presenters will be notified via email after the forum concludes and asked to RSVP. The award ceremony is free and open to the public. Research mentors, friends, and family members are encouraged to attend. The award ceremony was separated from the forum to help us accommodate the nearly 1,000 students will be participating in UURAF.


To recognize exemplary scholarly achievements, monetary prizes will be awarded. One first-place award ($100) will be given in each poster and oral presentation category. First-place award recipients, whether in the oral or poster presentation, are eligible to submit their work for consideration for the UURAF Grand Prize, a $500 award. All materials submitted for the UURAF Grand Prize must comply with grand prize guidelines. The Editorial Board and staff members for the Red Cedar Undergraduate Research Journal (ReCUR) will review submissions. A total of two grand prizes ($500 each) will be awarded to one program from the science and engineering categories and one program from the humanities, social sciences, and communication arts and sciences categories. Grand prize recipients will be notified by June 15, 2016.

2016 Grand Prize Recipients

Journalism seniors Maria Braganini and Kelley Waterfall won the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Communication Arts Grand Prize for the work they did as part of “Faces of Flint,” a collaborative project between WKAR and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.  The two students worked alongside College of Communication Arts and Sciences associate professor Geri Zeldes. 

Lyman Briggs senior Diego Crespo won the Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Grand Prize for the research he conducted alongside College of Agriculture and Natural Resources assistant professor Karen Cichy and professional aide Jason Wiesinger titled, “The physiochemical and nutritional evaluation of fast cooking dry bean (phaseoulus vulgaris l.) genotypes grown in three locations in Tanzania.”

A full list of 2016 first place recipients by category can be viewed here.

Past Award Recipients

Past UURAF Program Books as well as lists of past UURAF award recipients are available in the past forums section of this website.