Board of Trustees Writing Awards

In 2010, the Union College Board of Trustees launched the writing awards as a way to further encourage Union students to develop their writing skills. The recipients of the 2013-2014 Writing Awards were announced during the first Academic Convocation of this school year.

These essays have been posted as submitted by the students and have not been professionally edited.

2013-2014


First-Year Research Writing:
Oscar Quezada—“The 2012 Mexican Presidential Election: PRI's Strategies to Regain Power”

Upper-Division Research Writing:
Tyson Kahler—“Equality in Ministry: Expectations for Pastor-Teacher Relationships Within the Mid-America Union Conference”

Creative Writing:
Aphelandra Messer—"Stories My Mother Won't Tell You"

Expository Writing:
Michael Rohm—“Eastward Bound: A Journey from Oregon to Nebraska”

2012-2013


First-Year Research Writing:
Aphelandra Messer—“Fairy Tale Flaws: Misogynist Messages in ‘Cinderella’”

Upper-Division Research Writing:
Michael Rohm—“Zorba and the Pursuit of Liberation”

Creative Writing:
Sarah Ventura—“Responses to and Inspirations from the Poems of Sappho”

Expository Writing:
Laura Selivanoff—“Nadejda: A Narrative of a Russian Emigre, 1896-1995”

2011-2012


First-Year Research Writing:
Cassandra Johnson—"Foreseeing the Silent Killer:  Development of Eating Disorders"

Upper-Division Research Writing:
Serena Stevens—"The Effects of Brand Name on Quality Perception and Preference"

Creative Writing:
Addison Hudgins—"Peach Pie and Turtle Fudge Sundaes"

Expository Writing:
Laura Selivanoff—"What Does He Mean? An Examination of Paul's Discussion of the Law in Romans"

To be considered for an award, a student must submit an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format) of her or his writing, along with a completed application form. In addition, each submission must be sponsored by a Union College faculty or staff member. A student may enter one work per category; submissions of a single work in multiple categories are not accepted.

All entries must have been written or significantly revised within the current school year (May–May) while in attendance at Union College and be presented in the style and format appropriate to the academic discipline in which it was prepared. If the entry was previously submitted for a class, the student must provide a clean copy. Writing that has been previously published will not be considered for an award.

Each entry must be sponsored by a Union College faculty or staff member, who will vet the piece for originality, adherence to conventions in the discipline represented, appropriate variety and employment of sources, and proper documentation of sources.

Improperly labeled and incorrectly documented entries will be automatically disqualified.

Complete the online application form and submit the writing entry form below. Queries may be addressed to the awards coordinator Dr. Tanya R. Cochran (DB 409B; tacochra [at] ucollege [dot] edu; ext. 2325).

Timeline

All entries must be received by no later than the Monday of the spring semester’s exam week. Students should not expect sponsors to vouch for an entry unless sponsors are given ample time to review the submission.

Award Categories

First-Year Research Writing ($1,000): Submissions must reflect research in secondary sources (and primary sources if fitting) and appropriate academic conventions. The range of appropriate topics is that of College Writing II courses, and the essays will be judged on originality, coherence, insight, and rhetorical effectiveness. Length: 8-12 pages

Upper-Division Research Writing ($1,000): Submissions must reflect research in secondary sources (and primary sources if fitting) and appropriate academic conventions. Projects must illustrate upper-division-level research. The essays will be judged on originality, coherence, insight, and rhetorical effectiveness. Length: 12-25 pages

Expository Writing ($1,000): Appropriate submissions include narrative, descriptive, non-fiction, scholarly, and critical writing. A successful essay will fuse voice, style, and composition skill on a topic of choice. Essays will be judged on originality, coherence, insight, and rhetorical effectiveness. Length: 4-25 pages

Creative Writing ($1,000): Appropriate submissions include poetry, drama, short fiction, novel-writing, or creative non-fiction. Entries will be judged on originality, coherence, insight, and rhetorical effectiveness. Length: 12-25 pages (poetry–maximum 6 poems and/or 20 pages; book-length writing and drama–first chapters or acts not exceeding 25 pages)

NOTE: Awards will be announced at Academic Convocation the following Fall Semester.

 

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