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Undergraduate Researcher of the Year

This award, given at the Academic Honors Banquet, honors a student who has shown success and excellence in undergraduate research. The recipient of this award will be a junior or senior student judged to have best demonstrated excellence in undergraduate research through independent inquiry, through classes, and student employment during his/her undergraduate career at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Students also share their results at undergraduate research events or professional conferences.

Nominations should present evidence of participation in undergraduate research including the project(s) for which the student was involved, the time frame for each project, and the mentor(s) involved. Nominations should also include a listing of publications first authored or co-authored by the student (if applicable), and a listing of conferences, exhibitions, presentations, showings, performances, awards, or scholarships received that were directly related to their undergraduate research participation.

Nomination Procedures


  • The student nominee must be a current student of UT Knoxville or have graduated no earlier than December of the same academic year. Recipients will be expected to attend the awards ceremony at the end of the spring semester.

Submission Materials

  • Name and Student Number of nominee
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee in standard format including a complete list of publications, awards, sponsored projects, and other recognitions by peers–international, national, and regional.
  • 200-word short bio of the nominee
  • Current photograph (professional-type headshot preferred)


  • Submissions will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Research Advisory Council.
  • Deadline for online submission is February 10, 2023.


  • Recipients will be announced at the Academic Honors Banquet.
  • Recipients will be recognized during Research Week and on the Undergraduate Research website.