Please note that the 2018-19 Undergraduate Thesis Award application cycle closed on May 1, 2019. 

2018-19 Annual Undergraduate Thesis Award

The Undergraduate Thesis Award will be given to the best undergraduate thesis dealing with topics related to the social and historical influences shaping the formation of knowledge, and most effectively crossing disciplinary and divisional boundaries in its research, argument, and conclusions. The thesis may address any topic that has implications for the formation of knowledge. The competition is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students in any division who are graduating in the 2018-19 academic year.

The work will be judged by a panel of Institute faculty. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019. The first-place winner will receive an award of $1000; second-place will receive $750 and third-place will receive $250. Descriptions of the winning theses and their authors will be posted on the Institute’s website. The application process will include submission of the thesis, an up-to-date c.v., and a one-page statement describing how the work has transcended the normative restrictions of the student's major(s) and explaining the inspiration, methodology, and conclusions. View winning theses from last cycle. 

The 2018-19 application cycle is now open. All applications will be due via the web portal by midnight on May 1, 2019. The winners of the Undergraduate Thesis Prize will be announced in person at the End-of-Year Institute Celebration (May 28, 5-7pm, 5737 S. University Avenue, 3rd Floor), and via email to all applicants the following day. Funds will be distributed as a mailed check; some paperwork is required to receive payment. Please send any questions to