Irish academic awards programme received 5,117 submissions from top undergraduate students globally, making it the world’s largest academic awards programme.
The Undergraduate Awards has received record submissions to its 2015 awards programme, which was open to only the most excellent students from top universities globally. 
According to reports, 5,117 final and penultimate year students from 250 universities worldwide have submitted their research, all vying for a place at a boutique Summit taking place in Dublin in November.
“We’re delighted with these results,” commented Louise Hodgson, executive director of The Undergraduate Awards. “It means The Undergraduate Awards is now the world’s largest academic awards programme.”
The Undergraduate Awards (UA) was founded in Dublin in 2008 in partnership with the nine universities in Ireland. 
In 2011, UA launched a pilot USA programme in partnership with Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, UC Berkeley, Boston College, California Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. 
In 2012, it ran a full international programme, bringing on board top UK institutions. Since then, universities across Europe and into Asia and Australia have signed up as “Affiliate Universities”. 
Today, UA has more than 100 Affiliate Universities throughout the world – expanding most recently into Africa and South America.
“We also still run a core Irish programme, which aims to identify the best students on the island of Ireland,” said Louise.
The 5,117 papers, which all received the highest grades in their individual institutions, will now be assessed by a network of over 300 academic judges, all currently lecturing in UA’s Affiliate Universities.
Overall Winners and Highly Commended entrants (the top 10%) will be identified in each of UA’s 25 diverse categories and will be announced in September.
These students will be invited to attend the UA Global Summit – an unique meeting of the world’s most impressive students across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts – in Dublin in November.
“Essentially, we’re now running a ‘Junior Nobel Prize’, so The Undergraduate Awards is placing Ireland right at the centre of the global brain race,” concluded Louise.