“In order to ensure the widest possible participation from students, and in consideration of the busy schedules and academic requirement deadlines as the semester comes to an end, the College Executive Board today decided to 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗨𝗣𝗖 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗲 𝗘𝘅𝗲𝗰𝘂𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗕𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱 to 𝟱𝗽𝗺 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟳, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯.”

For specific Department/Institute guidelines and deadlines, please get in touch with your unit heads/faculty.

We are pleased to announce the call for participation in the 2023 Undergraduate Project Competition. The UPC is an annual event aimed at showcasing the best senior-level research and design projects of our undergraduate students.

The winners of the competition shall receive the Dr. Francis Chua Innovation Awards. The following set of prizes will be awarded for both the Research Category and the Design Category:

(Per category)

First Prize: 50,000 pesos

Second Prize: 30,000 pesos

Finalists: 10,000 pesos

Competition mechanics:


  • An individual or group project that is the output of a senior Engineering undergraduate project or thesis course (i.e. xx144, xx150, xx192, xx198, xx199 and xx200) may be entered into the competition
  • Projects should have been completed between the start of the Midyear 2022 term to the end of the Second Semester AY 2022-2023
  • Only one submission per project will be accepted
  • Participants must specify whether the project will participate in either the Research Category or the Design Category

Screening and judging

  • There will be three levels of screening and evaluation:
  • Unit- (i.e. department- or institute-) level selection (‘Unit-level selection’’)
  • Selection of finalists by the College Executive Board (‘Selection of College finalists’)
  • Final round, to be judged by an external panel of judges (‘Final round’)
  • Departments and institutes are free to set their own internal screening and evaluation timetables, deadlines, methods, criteria and requirements for unit-level selection
  • A total of 30 entries per category will be evaluated by the College Executive Board starting June 30, 2023 (Friday) during the selection of College finalists. Units should select and endorse entries to the College Executive Board, through the Associate Dean for Research, on or before 5pm Thursday, June 29, 2023
  • Selection of College finalists by the College Executive Board will be based on the following:
  • Research Category
    • Significance and Impact (40%) 
    • Quality of Research (40%) 
    • Quality of Presentation (20%)
  • Design Category
    • Usefulness (40%)
    • Design Execution (40%) 
    • Quality of Presentation (20%)
  • The top five entries (finalists) in each category will be announced on July 14, 2023 (Friday). 
  • Finalists shall present their work in person in the Final Round to the Final Judging Panel on July 18, 2023 (Tuesday)
  • The winners of the UPC2023 shall be announced at the College Recognition Rites on August 1, 2023.


  • To join the College-wide competition, participants must prepare a written abstract and a 5-8 minute video that describes their work in the most concise and effective manner, keeping in mind the evaluation criteria previously mentioned. Submissions in excess of the 8-minute limit will be disqualified.
  • Participants will submit internally and directly to their respective units. Please follow the instructions provided within your home academic unit.
  • Department chairs and institute directors will endorse and submit their respective entries, using submission forms and folders to be provided by the Associate Dean for Research.
  • In addition to the submitted forms, abstract and video, finalists selected by the College Executive Board will be required to prepare a poster for their final presentation to the Final Judging Panel. Considering the relatively short span of time between the announcement of the finalists (July 14) and the final judging round (July 18), we strongly suggest that participants prepare posters in advance. Financial support may be provided to finalists for poster printing and other presentation logistics that may be needed in the final round.