Distinction in Research and Creative Work

Distinction in Research and Creative Work is a university award for select undergraduates, granted at commencement, which appears on the transcript. Departments and programs that recommend students for the distinction should have published process, deadline, and materials needed for students to apply.


Eligibility extends widely to include a variety of research, design, and other creative projects, including projects completed in part or entirely at other institutions or with community partners. Applicants must be in good academic standing. The award will be granted only to projects that produce a concrete outcome--e.g. an essay, invention, design, musical composition--and demonstrate commitment and/or achievement above and beyond the norm. Students who complete senior theses, senior design projects or other required senior capstone projects are eligible—but do not qualify automatically--for consideration for this university distinction. Students must apply to be considered for the award, and the application must be supported by a letter from a faculty member (or Center director).

Department/Programs Submission Guidelines

  1. Students apply to be considered for the award by their major department or a department or program most closely associated with the subject matter of their project.
  2. Undergraduate degree programs and departments are responsible for judging applications and determining those that merit the distinction award.
  3. Department/programs deadline for selecting and reporting students recommended for the award is Friday before the week of Commencement.

Submit recommended students by April 26, 2023.