Portal now closed for the 2020-21 Undergraduate Thesis Award. Please stay tuned for award announcement!


$1,000 for 1st place; $500 for 2nd place; and $250 for 3rd place. 

Have you questioned “how do we know what we know”? Have you explored new paradigms for pre-existing ideas and assumptions? Are you working in multiple disciplinary backgrounds?

Perhaps you are a scholar on the Formation of Knowledge.

At SIFK, we explore these questions and develop innovative methodology to try and find new answers to some of the largest and most perennial questions, all bearing on what it means to be human in the 21st century.

The SIFK Undergraduate Thesis Award is given annually 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 at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

Apply here!

Deadline: May 25, 5 PM CST

Questions: sifk-info@uchicago.edu

View Previous Winning Theses.