Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Prize

Spring 2020

The College welcomes submissions for this year's Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Prize, which will be awarded for the outstanding BA thesis or capstone project from academic year 2019-2020 that takes an aspect of the city of Chicago as a primary subject of inquiry or that considers Chicago in comparison to one or more other urban areas.

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.  To be accepted for consideration, submissions must be:

  • based upon original research
  • accepted as a component of an undergraduate degree program

Students from all academic disciplines in the College are eligible to submit their theses for review by a faculty committee. Thesis advisors and undergraduate program directors are also encouraged to submit exceptional theses for the committee's review. The recipient will receive a cash prize of $500 and automatic acceptance for publication in the 2019 Chicago Studies Annual.  You may submit applications through the web portal available here and via the sidebar links, and may direct any questions to Christopher Skrable, Director of Chicago Studies and Experiential Learning in the College.  The deadline for student self-nominations, as well as advisor/undergraduate program director submissions, is 11:59 PM CDT on Friday, May 8, 2020.

The prize winner will be announced at the Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Colloquium, which will take place on Tuesday, May 26, from 12:00 noon to 2:30 PM CDT via Zoom live-cast. Co-hosted with the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and the Program on Global Environment, 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.  We will invite the authors of the top 5 submitted theses to give a short talk and answer audience questions about their research during the Colloquium.

We look forward to learning more about Chicago from your work.


Sabina L. Shaikh, PhD
Director, Program on Global Environment; Faculty Director, Chicago Studies

Emily Talen, PhD
Professor of Urbanism; Faculty Co-Director, Chicago Studies

Daniel J. Koehler, PhD
Associate Dean of the College