The Institute on the Formation of Knowledge launched its annual $1000 undergraduate thesis award in the 2017-18 academic year.

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 at the end of 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 winner will receive an award of $1000, and a description of the winning thesis and its author will also be posted on the Institute’s website. The application process will include submission of your thesis, an up-to-date c.v., and a one-page statement describing how you have transcended the normative restrictions of your major(s) and explaining your inspiration, methodology, and conclusions.

The 2018-19 application cycle will open Winter 2019. Please send any questions to