2017-2018 Writing Prize Winners

Sweetland’s prizes for outstanding writing in First-Year and Upper-Level Writing Requirement courses receive a significant monetary award along with having their work published in a series that collects the prize-winning writing in two volumes, Excellence in First-Year Writing and Excellence in Upper-Level Writing. Writing Prize winners were recognized at a ceremony in April 2018.

Excellence in First-Year Writing book
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Excellence in Upper-Level Writing book
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First-Year Writing Prizes

Matt Kelley/Granader Family Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing

Wisteria Deng, “Six Reasons”
nominated by Leslie Stainton, RC 100

Zofia Ferki, “As Time Ticks By”
nominated by Leslie Stainton, RC 100

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Multilingual Writing

Pok Yu Chan, “Snickers Got You Snickering”
nominated by Scott Beal, WRITING 120

Dorcas Li, “Hey, where are you?”
nominated by Scott Beal, WRITING 120

Granader Family Prize for Outstanding Writing Portfolio

Rita Hathaway, “The Spectrum Center: Enriching the Campus Experience”
nominated by Simone Sessolo, WRITING 100

Ying-Hsuan Wu, “Past/Future of My Home”
nominated by Jimmy Brancho, WRITING 100

Upper-Level Writing Prizes

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Social Sciences)

Jessica Baer, “Modern Sports as Pre-Modern in Media”
nominated by Emma Waitzman (GSI) Andrei Markovits (Faculty), PolSci 368

Kyra Lyngklip, “Polarization and Lobbying Influence of the Dodd-Frank Act”
nominated by Eitan Paul (GSI) Nancy Burns (Faculty), PolSci 381

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Sciences)

Evan Hoopingarner, “Unreliable inhaler access plagues Detroit’s asthmatics”
nominated by Emilia Askari, Environ 320

Deirdre McGovern, “What We Learn from the Mouse”
nominated by Andrew Bernard, Anthrbio 368

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Humanities)

Mateusz Borowiecki, “Human Agency and Control in the Shadow of Enlightenment”
nominated by Scott Spector, German 401

Caitlyn Zawideh, “Mother of Exiles”
nominated by Molly Beer, ENG 325

2016-2017 Writing Prize Winners

2016-2017 Writing Prize Winners

Sweetland’s prizes for outstanding writing in First-Year and Upper-Level Writing Requirement courses receive a significant monetary award along with having their work published in a series that collects the prize-winning writing in two volumes, Excellence in First-Year Writing and Excellence in Upper-Level Writing. Writing Prize winners were recognized at a ceremony in April 2017.

Excellence in First-Year Writing book
Download the PDF | Amazon purchase link

Excellence in Upper-Level Writing book
Download the PDF | Amazon purchase link

First-Year Writing Prizes

Matt Kelley/Granader Family Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing

Serena Scholz “The Helsinki Waste Closet Incident” nominated by Louis Cicciarelli, LHSP 125

Bailey Stein “Coins” nominated by Carol Tell, LHSP 125

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Multilingual Writing

Xiaowei Ou “The Molecular Connection between Chemistry and Learning Astronomy” nominated by Shuwen Li, Writing 120

Fengyi Tong “Comparative Analysis of Two Print Advertisements” nominated by Scott Beal, Writing 120

Granader Family Prize for Outstanding Writing Portfolio

Stephanie Bloom https://stephaniebloomwriting1002016.wordpress.com/ nominated by Gina Brandolino, Writing 100

Miles Honey https://mileshoney.wordpress.com/ nominated by Julie Babcock, Writing 100

Upper-Level Writing Prizes

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Social Sciences)

Meredith Fox “Would You Know It If You Saw It?: Gender Differences in College Students’ Ability to Identify Sexual Assault” nominated by Kimberly Hess, Sociology 310

Michael Gawlik “Chapter 1: The Characters” nominated by John Carson, History 499

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Sciences)

Natalie Andrasko “Refugees struggle rejoining medical field after resettlement” nominated by Emilia Askari, Environ 320

Hadley Tuthill “Uncovering Food Insecurity Among College Students, a Tricky Population” nominated by Julie Halpert, Environ 320

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Humanities)

Courtney Cook  “10 Months In Europe” nominated by Jaimien Delp, English 325: Art of the Essay

Claire Wood “On Nights Like These” nominated by John Rubadeau, English 425: Advanced Essay Writing

 

2015-2016 Writing Prize Winners

Thanks to a very generous gift from the Granader Family, Sweetland’s prizes for outstanding writing in First-Year and Upper-Level Writing Requirement courses receive a significant monetary award along with having their work published in a series that collects the prize-winning writing in two volumes, Excellence in First-Year Writing and Excellence in Upper-Level Writing. Writing Prize winners were recognized at a ceremony in April 2016.

First-Year Writing Prizes

Matt Kelley/Granader Family Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing

Thomas Aiello “Challenging Media Representations of the Global Refugee Crisis” nominated by Robyn D’Avignon, History 195

Caroline Rothrock “Walking into Eternity along Sandymount Strand: Regarding the Importance of Walking in the Works of James Joyce” nominated by Karein Goertz, RC 100

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Multilingual Writing

Hyunju Lee “What Can You Do on Your Own?” nominated by Scott Beal, Writing 120

Ran Ming “Females in STEM Need a Stronger Voice” nominated by Jing Xia, Writing 120

Granader Family Prize for Outstanding Writing Portfolio

Jaelyn Jennings https://jaejenn.wordpress.com/ nominated by Gina Brandolino, Writing 100

Alexis Low https://alexisclow.wordpress.com/ nominated by Julie Babcock, Writing 100

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Upper-Level Writing Prizes

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Sciences)

Ryan Levy “A Survey of Radioactivity Experiments” nominated by Hui Deng, Physics 441

Alexandra Peirce “How Universities are Trying to Prevent LGBTQ Sexual Assault” nominated by Julie Halpert, Environ 320

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Social Sciences)

Sonia Tagari “Drought in California as a Continuation of High Modernism,Utilitarianism and Social Inequality” nominated by Omolade Adunbi, AAS322/Environ 335

Nicole Vozar “A Comparison of Elite Egyptian and Roman Tombs” nominated by Robin Beck (Travis Williams GSI), ANTHRARC 386

Granader Family Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Humanities)

Bethany Canning “Dying in America” nominated by Paul Barron, Writing 420

Wake Coulter “Freeway in the Garden” nominated by Jennifer Metsker, ARTDES 399

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The 2016 Summer Intern Experience

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The summer intern experience gave two students, Aaron Pelo and Rachel Hutchings, an opportunity to fine-tune and apply many of the skills they have learned during their time in the Minor in Writing and the Peer Writing Consultant Program.

They worked closely with the Sweetland faculty on a number of projects, including outreach to summer term students as well as gathering and analyzing data on demographics in the Minor in Writing. They found that the Minor brings together students from a large diversity of fields, and that the number of Minor in Writing students in those fields was proportional to the total number of U-M students in that major.

The bulk of their attention was focused on creating supplementary materials for the Minor in Writing and Peer Writing Consultant Program. They put together a number of video recordings of consultation sessions in the Peer Writing Center, in order for those in Writing 300 to have more opportunities to observe real consultation sessions.

They reviewed two semesters’ worth of Minor in Writing gateway and capstone eportfolios, taking note of where students were succeeding and where there was still some room for improvement. With this information they then built an interactive guide aiming to highlight some of the basics of design and digital communication for first-time site builders.

They summed up their experience this way: “Interning at Sweetland allowed us both to have a hand in developing the programs that we care deeply about. We are excited to see how our work is employed and expanded upon in the future.”