2019 UURAF Award Ceremony

2019 1st Place Award Recipients

The 2019 UURAF Award Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 3:30-4:45 PM in 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 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, 2019.

2019 Grand Prize Recipients: Announcement Coming Mid-June

2018 Grand Prize Recipients

Nicole Jedding, a Honors College junior majoring in psychology, won the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Grand Prize for her work on “America's Drug Crises: Transition from a Criminal Justice Matter to a Public Safety Problem”.  Her research mentor was Dr. Charles Ostrom in the College of Social Science.

Amy Freeland, a 2018 Honors College graduate and first-year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, won the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Grand Prize for the research she conducted alongside College of Agriculture and Natural Resources assistant professor Dalen Agnew titled, “Docosahexaenoic Acid Consumption Blocks Silica-Triggered Autoimmune Responses in the Kidneys and Lungs of Lupus-Prone Mice”. Her research mentors were Drs. Jack Harkema and James Wagner in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

A full list of 2018 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.