Through the CURO Symposium, we offer opportunities for undergraduates and faculty mentors to receive recognition for their research and hard work.

Student awards

We love to see the hard work our students put into their research, and one of the ways we do that is by offering two student awards. These include the Best Paper Awards (through CURO) and the Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards (through the UGA Libraries). Any undergraduate presenting at the CURO Symposium may apply for one or both of these awards.

Best Paper Awards
The Best Paper Awards recognize excellence among papers written on work being presented at the CURO Symposium. The deadline to apply for Best Paper Awards is February 28, 2024.

Best papers are considered in the following categories:

  • Life Sciences
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Arts, Humanities, and Media
  • Physical and Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Technology, Engineering, and Math
  • Public Service and Outreach

Award recipients will be presented with a certificate and a $100 award during the CURO Symposium’s Keynote Session.


Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award
Since 2007, the UGA Libraries has sponsored the Undergraduate Research Awards, which provide cash prizes for excellence in research and academic inquiry. Awards are open to all UGA undergraduates conducting research and are presented at the CURO Symposium’s Keynote Session. The deadline to apply for LURA Awards is March 11, 2024.

The LURA Awards range from $200-$300. To apply for this award:

  • Meet with a librarian for a free research consultation
  • Write a 3-5 page essay describing and reflecting upon your research process and project
  • Complete an application before the deadline

Students may enter the contest for work on any research project, including a historical thesis, policy paper, a scientific study, a music composition, and a capstone project—to name just a few.


Faculty awards

The CURO Research Mentoring Award recognizes outstanding faculty who consistently engage undergraduates through CURO programming (such as courses, the symposium, summer fellows, and theses) and enhance the learning experience of undergraduate researchers at the University of Georgia.

CURO presents two mentoring awards each year. Recipients are recognized during the CURO Symposium’s Keynote Session. The deadline to nominate a faculty member for a CURO Research Mentoring Award is February 1, 2024.