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Sweetland and the English Department Writing Program offer prizes for student writers in LSA. Sweetland’s prizes include: the Matt Kelley Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing, and the Prize for Excellence in Upper-Level Writing. These prizes are awarded annually in the winter term, and winning entries are published digitally to showcase excellence in writing across the College. Instructors nominate student writing for each of the prizes. Learn more about nominating a student.

2023 Writing Prize Winners

First-Year Writing Prizes

Feinberg Family Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing

Analytic Essay
Olivia Morreale, “‘Your Education is Your Power’: A Comparative Analysis of the Regulation of Information in The Handmaid’s Tale and Where the Crawdads Sing.” 
Written for ENG 124, Instructor: Ani Bezirdzhyan

Narrative Essay
Ayah Chahine, “Beyond Eden.”
Written for ENG 125, Instructor: Ariel Kaplowitz Hahn

Research-based Essay
Alex Freiburger, “Fortune may not favor the brave: The dangerous combination of online gambling and cryptocurrency.”
Written for ENG 125, Instructor: Jon Holland

Matt Kelley Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing

Madeline Rea, "Podcast: Radio Waves vs Buggy Brains"
Written for WRITING 160, Instructor: Cat Cassel

Sara Wong, "Little Shop of Horrors and the Consequence of Choice"
Written for COMPLIT 141, Instructor: Aram Mrjoian

Upper-Level Writing Prizes

Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Social Sciences)

Maia Muzumdar, "Moral Anger and Compassion"
Written for COGSCI 302, Instructor: Mara Bollard

Julia Reinach, “'Cops in School' - School Resource Officers and Perceptions of Fairness in the Criminal Justice System"
Written for SOC 310, Instructor: Fadilat Olasupo

Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Sciences)

Ali Attar, "M2 Protein: The Henchman of Influenza A"
Written for CHEM 353, Instructor: Daisy Haas 

Kathryn Hunter, "Land Rights on Mauna Kea"
Written for ASTRO 429, Instructor: Michael Meyer

Excellence in Upper-Level Writing (Humanities)

Abraham Zelchenko, "Parts Unknown: Sekandar and Secrecy in Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh"
Written for MIDEAST 434, Instructor: Cameron Cross

Jayde Emery, "The Only White Man in the Room"
Written for AAS 393, Instructor: Scott Poulson-Bryant