Undergraduate Research Competition

Designed to showcase outstanding research at the undergraduate level, this competition seeks students engaged in independent research who are interested in presenting at the IFT Annual Event. Finalists will have the opportunity to network with industry and academic members. 

2020 Winners

  • First Place: Noah A. Doshna, Cornell University
  • Second Place: Viral Shukla, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Third Place: Paola María Gamboa Moreno, Universidad de Costa Rica

2020 Finalists

  • Chenge Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kelly Pan, The Ohio State University
  • María Fernanda Azofeifa Zumbado, Universidad de Costa Rica


All finalists will be awarded a $500 travel stipend to attend the IFT Annual Event. Finalists are required to attend the IFT Annual Event in order to be eligible for the travel award. A certificate will be presented to each finalist, as well as the first, second, and third place awards during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony. Prize money will be delivered to the winners by mail following the IFT Annual Event.

  • First Place: $1,000
  • Second Place: $750
  • Third Place: $500


Any student member of IFT, as of March 15, 2021, who is an undergraduate student or someone who graduated after July 1, 2020, is eligible to compete. Work must have been done individually as an undergraduate. For complete details, consult the guidelines document for this competition.

Competition Submission and Guidelines

The submission deadline for this competition has passed.

Download competition guidelines (PDF)

Sample Verification Letter

Download sample letter (PDF)

Competition Chair

Megan Ooi, Oregon State University


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