UPDATED: Maxwell School Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship

While we will not be able to hold our 2020 Maxwell Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship, we have decided to reopen the competition for the best undergraduate research paper. Students, please consult with your faculty advisors and follow the link (below) to register your research paper. After registering, you will be added to the Blackboard organization, where you will submit your final paper. The deadline for research paper submissions will be 11:59 pm on April 26, 2020 and judging of research papers will conclude May 1, 2020. The winner will receive the Ben and Marcia Baldanza Award for Outstanding Student Research Paper.


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. 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.

Research Paper 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 26, 2020. No late submissions can be accepted.


Registration is accepted on a rolling basis until 5:00 pm on April 24, 2020. Register to participate 

CANCELED: 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.

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