UURAF Award Ceremony

Save the Date: The 2022 UURAF Award Ceremony will be held on April 13, 2022 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the MSU Union, 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 expected to participate in UURAF. 


To recognize exemplary scholarly achievements, monetary prizes will be awarded. One first-place award ($100; group presentations of more than 4 people will evenly split $400) will be given in each presentation category. (Note: only undergraduate student presenters are eligible for awards. Co-authors and presenters without RCR training are not eligible.) First-place award recipients, whether in an oral, poster, or performance 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, engineering, and mathematics related categories and one program from the arts, humanities, and social sciences related categories. Group presentations will evenly split the prize money. Grand prize recipients will be notified by mid-June.

2021 Grand Prize Recipients

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Grand Prize: Berkley Sorrells, Stitched Together: Documenting the Vibrancy of Black Bottom Detroit Through Redwork Quilting

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Grand Prize: Mackenzie Greene, FDA Approved Drug Bicalutamide Rescues Male Mice from Kennedy's Disease

A full list of 2021 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.