Maxwell School Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship

Poster Session: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Maxwell School Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship is our annual recognition of student research achievement in the Social Sciences. This event gathers the Maxwell community together to share social science research findings across disciplines.

It also provides an opportunity to focus on and celebrate the contributions of our undergraduate students. Students participate by submitting a research paper, presenting a research poster, or both. Please read below for participation requirements, application and registration processes, and suggestions for poster designs. The Celebration concludes with a poster session, reception, and awards ceremony on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in the Strasser Commons and the Strasser Legacy Room.


All undergraduates in a Maxwell School upper division research seminar or in a Distinction or Honors Program are eligible to participate in the Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship. Participants must have completed a substantial and original research project within the context of their course. We prefer students conducting their research during a fall semester course register before December 7, 2019, but we will accept applications through the spring semester deadline.

Once students are registered for the Celebration, they are enrolled in the Maxwell School Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship organization in Blackboard. All official communication about the Celebration and submission of materials will take place through Blackboard.

Submission Requirements

Papers: Original social science research papers of a least 4,000 words in length are eligible for submission. For a paper to be considered for the Outstanding Student Paper Award, it must be submitted via Blackboard by 11:59 pm on April 24, 2020. No late submissions can be accepted.

Poster Session: The poster session will be held in the Strasser Commons from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on April, 29 2020. Participants must be present to discuss their research with attendees. Posters must be submitted via Blackboard by 11:59 pm on April 24, 2020. No late submissions can be accepted. We provide everything needed to produce a poster from your print-ready electronic file: design guides, format requirements, and full printing services


Registration is accepted on a rolling basis until 5:00 pm on March 25, 2020. Register to participate.

Awards Presented on Celebration Day

Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation
  • MAX 123/132 Exemplary Student Paper Award selected by MAX course faculty
  • Outstanding Student Research Paper selected by a Maxwell faculty committee
  • Best Poster Award selected by a committee of Maxwell graduate students
  • Student Research Poster Honorable Mention selected by a committee of Maxwell graduate students
  • Viewer's Choice Poster Award selected by viewer voting during the celebration

Prior Years' Winners

2019 Award Winners
2018 Award Winners
2017 Award Winners
2016 Award Winners 
2015 Award Winners
2014 Award Winners
2013 Award Winners