Undergraduate Research Competition

IFTSA Competition

Phi Tau Sigma LogoDesigned 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. 

This competition is sponsored by Phi Tau Sigma.

2022-2023 Winners

  • First Place: Adam Forbes, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Second Place: Cameron Christopher Rich, The Ohio State University
  • Third Place: Sage Taylor, Oregon State University


All finalists will be awarded a $600 travel and registration stipend to attend IFT FIRST. Winners will be announced at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony.

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


Any student member of IFT, as of March 15, 2024, who is an undergraduate student or someone who has not graduated after July 1, 2024, is eligible to compete. Work must have been done individually as an undergraduate. For complete details, consult the guidelines document for this competition.

2023-2024 Competition Submission and Guidelines

Applications for this competition close April 15, 2024.

Submit Your Application

Rules & Guidelines

Sample Verification Letter (PDF)

Competition Chair

Vanessa Chidinma Njoku, Tuskegee University