Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Prize

The College is excited to announce the second-annual Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Prize for the outstanding BA thesis or independent research project from 2019 that takes the city or region of Chicago as its primary subject of inquiry. 

Students from all academic disciplines in the College are eligible to submit their Chicago-focused research for review by a faculty committee.  The top-ranked submissions will be featured at the Chicago Studies Research Colloquium (details below).  The highest-ranked project will receive the Undergraduate Research Prize, a cash award of $500, and automatic acceptance for publication in the 2019 Chicago Studies Annual. 

The Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Prize recognizes the breadth of high-quality, original research that undergraduates produce each year in BA thesis colloquia and seminars.  Applications should consist of your research and an up-to-date CV, submitted via the webform below.  The deadline to apply is April 26, 2019To be accepted for consideration, submissions must be:

  • based upon original research
  • accepted as a component of a degree program or credit-bearing independent study

The prize will be announced at the 2019 Chicago Studies Research Colloquium, which will take place on May 14, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm in the John Hope Franklin Room, Social Sciences 224.  Part of Undergraduate Research Week and co-sponsored with the College Center for Research and Fellowships, this event will showcase the year’s best Chicago-focused undergraduate research and allow presenters to share their work with an audience outside their program of study.

Please direct any questions to Chris Skrable, Director of Chicago Studies and Experiential Learning in the College ( We look forward to reading your work!


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