Model Theses, Albert Prize Winners and Mitchell Award Winners by Year
Each year, the Plan II associate and assistant director choose 10-15 theses that represent first-rate work submitted by Plan II students with a variety of interests. These students, whether or not the student is completing another major in combination with Plan II Honors, are engaged in different areas of research, from economics to architecture, literature to fine arts, history to religion. Of the many excellent theses we receive each year, the directors choose the strongest to serve as examples for future generations of thesis writers. A number of these, we believe, although undergraduate work, are publishable.
In addition to the selection of the model theses, Plan II awards the annual Albert Prize, which recognizes an outstanding Plan II senior thesis related to the field of medical science.
Finally, for many years the recipients of the University Co-op George H. Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence. Since 1999, this honor is given to up to nine UT undergraduate students for superior scholarly or creative achievement. Five students receive awards of $2,000 each, three students receive awards of $5,000 each, and one student is awarded the grand prize of $20,000. The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost provides a concurrent award of half the value of each student's award to the academic department in which the scholarly work was supervised. Recipients are chosen by the Co-op Awards Selection Committee composed of University faculty.
Faculty members nominate students who have demonstrated superior scholarly or creative achievement through a notable paper or thesis, research project, creative or artistic endeavor, or other product of the student’s academic work. To qualify for an award, nominees must be either a junior or senior currently enrolled at UT Austin or have received their undergraduate degree in December of the current academic year. Submitted work should be finished or close to finished (e.g. a complete draft of a thesis or research paper). Previous University Co-op / George H. Mitchell Award recipients are eligible only if the submitted work is a completely different project.