Writing Center Awards, Sponsored by US News & World Report

Thank you to everyone who submitted an essay to the 2017 Writing Center Awards! We had a record number of submissions this year that were all extremely strong, and it was a pleasure to read through them all. We encourage everyone to apply again next year and to continue to utilize the Writing Center in the meantime! Have a great summer.

The 2017 Writing Center Award winners:

Anya Bharadwaj (Social Science) for “Indian Women: Advertisements and Economics

Dylan Staats (Natural and Physical Sciences) for “It’s All Coral-ated

Jack Townsend (Data and Computer Science) for “Where to next, Joe? P versus NP, explained

Theodore Montgomery (Public Policy) for “Financing the renewable energy future with virtual power purchase agreements

 The 2016 Writing Center Award winners:

Tyler Welsh (Integrated Writing Award) for “In Ryan Gosling’s Shadow”

Olivia Matthews (First-Year Writing Award) for “State Schools Are Not the Answer”

Explaining Complexity

The Writing Center is excited to invite you to submit an essay to the 2017 Writing Awards Program, sponsored by US News and World Report.

This year, we are offering $1,000 awards in four categories:

  • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Data and Computer Sciences
  • Public Policy

Our 2017 awards will celebrate undergraduate writing that makes specialized topics clear and compelling to non-specialists. We want to honor students who can explain complexity.

Instructions:  Submit an essay on a topic that’s well understood within an academic specialty but not among the general public. In 1,000 to 3,000 words, make this topic clear and compelling to college-educated, non-specialist readers, without trivializing or oversimplifying it. This can be an essay written for a class, an adapted version of another assignment, or an essay written specifically for this contest.

Additional requirements: 

  • You must be an enrolled Georgetown undergraduate to apply
  • You must review your essay with a Writing Center tutor before submitting it. This eligibility requirement reflects our Writing Center ethos that writing should be social, not solitary–that writing with others helps you write for others.

Where and when to apply: Email your essay to  writingcenterawards@gmail.com by April 18, 2017.

Our judges will include not only Writing Center staff members but also well-regarded content experts.

The author of the winning work in each category will receive a $1,000 prize, the highest monetary award at Georgetown, to be awarded at a ceremony before graduation. We will also publish the winning works on the Writing Center website and invite the authors to meet editors and writers at the US News & World Report headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Please contact writingcenterawards@gmail.com with any questions.

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