UURAF Award Ceremony

Save the Date: The 2021 UURAF Award Ceremony will be held as a virtual event on April 21, 2021* from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern. *Date subject to change based on changes to the 2020-21 academic calendar.

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.

The 2020 UURAF Award Ceremony was canceled as part of the university's efforts to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

2019 1st Place Award Recipients


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 poster and oral presentation category. (Note: only undergraduate student presenters are eligible for awards. Co-authors are not eligible.) 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. Group presentations will evenly split the prize money. Grand prize recipients will be notified by mid-June.

2019 Grand Prize Recipients

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Grand Prize: Sarah Dec, Audrey Saggau-Drotos, Paul Clancy, and Anusha Mamidipaka; How Talker Rhythm Affects Speech Understanding in Noise

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Grand Prize: Adam Fillion; Specific Binding to Magnetic Nanoparticles as a Method of Mitochondrial Purification and Immobilization

A full list of 2019 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.