On Monday, The Undergraduate Awards (UA) recognized 33 papers by 29 Western students as Highly Commended Entrants. The students were selected from an entrant pool of more than 5,000 submissions from undergraduates studying at more than 250 universities across 39 countries.
Through a blinded judging process in which manuscripts are adjudicated by panels of academics, papers are recognized as Highly Commended if they finish in the top 10 per cent of their subject category. Winners will be chosen from this list later this fall.
Among the Western students honoured were:
- Jason Mile, Art History, Music, Film & Theatre;
- Josh Jadischke, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences;
- Jin Liu, Computer Sciences;
- Delia Chen and Richard Kelly, Economics;
- Andrea Holstein, History;
- Mary Wang, Languages & Linguistics;
- Allison Bell, Jethro Kwong, Shirley Long and David Watson, Life Sciences;
- Michelle Bunton, Emily Denomme (two paper nominated), Maryam Golafshani and Wyatt Merkley, Literature: English;
- Nathalie Thibert, Mathematics & Physics;
- Ye Seul Kim, Medical Sciences;
- Victor Parchment and Dylan Vallance, Philosophy;
- Christopher Ginou and Dylan Cooke, Politics & International Relations;
- Samantha DeBellis (two papers nominated), Celina Everling, Mallory Jackman, Cisse Nakeyar and Sarah Schwanz, Psychology;
- Angel Leung (two papers nominated) and Rebecca Meharchand, Social Science: Anthropology & Cultural Studies;
- Naciza Masikini, Social Science: Social Policy; and
- Michelle Bunton, Visual Arts & Design.
UA is a prestigious and international academic awards program. It is now the largest academic awards program in the world and it aims to celebrate and support the world’s brightest and most innovative undergraduate students by recognizing their best coursework and projects. The program has been under the patronage of President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins since February 2012.
Students who submit a paper that is judged as Highly Commended are invited to a Global Summit in Dublin. And the winners in each category have their way paid for by UA. Through the support of the Provost, Western sends those with Highly Commended papers to the Global Summit.