Writing Center Awards: Explaining Complexity

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We have our 2019 Writing Center Awards winners!

Congratulations to the following:

Social Science
Gendered Citizenship and Islamic Jurisprudence by Ankushi Mitra
Public Policy
Honest Work, Just Reward by Kitra Katz
Data and Computer Sciences
What is the Fuss with China’s 5G Network? by Gary Xie
Natural and Physical Sciences
Interplay of external stressors, personality traits, heritability, and serotonin transporter mutations contribute to Anorexia Nervosa by Sarah Reed

The 2019 competition has ended.

The Writing Center is excited to invite you to submit an essay to the 2019 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 2019 awards will celebrate undergraduate writing that makes specialized topics clear and compelling to non-specialists. We want to honor students who can explain complexity.

Submit your essay here 

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.


  1. You must be an enrolled Georgetown undergraduate to apply
  2. You may submit multiple entries in multiple categories
  3. You must review your essay(s) with a Writing Center tutor before submitting. If you previously reviewed an essay with a Writing Center tutor, it does not need to be seen again!

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.