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Research Excellence Awards

2019 Research Excellence Awards Final Results

The Research Excellence Awards program was established to encourage and reward those presentations that exemplify the highest levels of excellence in research. Only a limited number of presentations will be accepted into the awards program, and a team of faculty will evaluate each one on Research Day. 

Application information

In order to enter the Research Excellence Awards competition, a student must select the "Research Excellence Awards" consideration box on their Research Day application. Then, three to five finalists in each category will be selected, and will be notified directly of their selection at least two weeks prior to Research Day.

Students interested in being considered for Research Excellence Awards should check the box for Research Excellence Awards consideration on the application form. Finalists will be contacted at least two weeks prior to Research Day if accepted into the Research Excellence Awards Program.  

  • NEW: Developing Scholars Poster Presentation Awards: Freshmen and Sophomores who check the Research Excellence Awards box will be entered in the developing scholars awards category.  Separate poster awards judging will be conducted to select the winners.  
  • Oral Presentations: Only single sessions (15 minutes) will be permitted into Research Excellence Awards. If a student originally enters as a multiple-session presentation, they will be asked to switch their presentation to a 15-minute presentation. If your oral presentation is selected for the Research Excellence Awards, then your presentation will be rescheduled in the Council Room and will likely be rescheduled to a different time.
  • Poster Presenters: Finalists in the poster category may also be asked to reschedule into a different poster session if necessary.
  • Faculty Presenters: Faculty members are not allowed to physically present as part of a Research Excellence Award presentation. They may be listed on the poster or as a co-author, but should not be part of the presentation.  The students are expected to be the presenters. 
  • Group projects: Teams are allowed, and the award amount will be split among all students listed on the research/project team. 
  • Publication in Ursidae: All ten Undergraduate REA finalists will have their abstract printed in UNC's Undergraduate Research Journal, Ursidae. By clicking the box to apply for REA, you are giving permission to have your abstract published by UNC. See past REA finalists submissions here in the past issues of Ursidae: https://digscholarship.unco.edu/urj/ . 


Awards Categories

Awards will be presented to the top scoring posters and individual presenters within each of the categories. Graduate and Undergraduate will both be broken into three separate categories (Humanities and Arts, Natural and Health Sciences, and Social Sciences, Education, and Business). Each of these divisions will have separate awards: $100 to each winner in each category, with three finalists for each category.

  • NEW CATEGORY: Developing Researcher Poster Presentations
    • Restricted to Freshmen and Sophomore level presenters.  
    • Freshmen and Sophomores who submit poster presentations and select the Research Excellence Award box, will automatically be considered for the Developing Research Poster category, if they are not selected as one of the finalists in the other poster categories. 
  • Poster Presentations
    • Undergraduate Category
      • Humanities, Arts & Creative Endeavors
        • 3-5 Finalists
      •  Natural and Health Sciences (NOTE: Natural & Health science presentations that are using social science methodology and are focused on more of a social science topic, such as education-related, should select the Social Science/Education category)
        • 3-5 Finalists
      •  Social Sciences, Education, Business
        • 3-5 Finalists
    •  Graduate Category
      • Humanities, Arts & Creative Endeavors
        • 3-5 Finalists
      •  Natural and Health Sciences (NOTE: Natural & Health science presentations that are using social science methodology and are focused on more of a social science topic should select the Social Science category)
        • 3-5 Finalists
      •  Social Sciences, Education, Business
        • 3-5 Finalists
  • Oral Presentations
    • Undergraduate Category
      • Humanities, Arts & Creative Endeavors
        • 3 Finalists
      •  Natural and Health Sciences (NOTE: Natural & Health science presentations that are using social science methodology and are focused on more of a social science topic should select the Social Science category)
        • 3 Finalists
      •  Social Sciences, Education, Business
        • 3 Finalists
    •   Graduate Category
      • Humanities, Arts & Creative Endeavors
        • 3 Finalists
      • Natural and Health Sciences (NOTE: Natural & Health science presentations that are using social science methodology and are focused on more of a social science topic should select the Social Science category)
        • 3 Finalists
      •  Social Sciences, Education, Business
        • 3 Finalists