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The Earth & Environmental Sciences category

Earth & Environmental Sciences have been judged together as a single category at The Undergraduate Awards since 2014.

The category is open to students of the natural environment and ecosystems disciplines, including students of Earth Science, Agriculture, Geography, Geology and more. Entries for this category must be within the 12,000-word limit and have received a 2.1/A grade.

(Note: students of Human Geography, please submit to Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category).

Last year, the category was won by Wayne Egan from the Institute Technology of Sligo with his paper "To Assess the Impact of the Bellawaddy River on the Microbiological Quality of The Bathing Waters of Enniscrone Beach, Co. Sligo, Ireland". The judges were particularly impressed by the "balanced criticism and intellectual independence" shown in the paper, who said:

The paper, the clear winner after 3 rounds of judging, is a comprehensive scientific assessment of bathing water quality. In many ways the paper is a reference for how such a study should be conduct.

Speaking about his achievement, Wayne commented

Previous Highly Commended Entrant of the category included Jannelle Lee from the University of Alberta, who is currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Studies in Planning at the University of Waterloo after completing an eight-month internship with the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya.

We are very excited to receive all the new innovative research from undergraduate students around the world for this year's Earth & Environmental Sciences category.

If you are interested in submitting to the category, click here.

If you are interested in judging, click here.