Writing Center to host annual essay contest

April 2, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Writing Center is hosting its second annual essay contest. Students have the chance to win up to $500 with the submission of an essay based on the Campus Read Program. Submissions are due before April 19 at 4 p.m. Winners will be announced at a special reception in May.

“The contest is designed to promote the role of writing and the importance of writing in disciplines across the curriculum,” said Evelyn Martens, director of Writing and Tutoring Resources.

First place will receive $500, second place, $300 and third place, $200.

The essay question is based on the inaugural Campus Read, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” a story of an African-American woman and her family that touches on many big issues includes: bioethics, racism, poverty, science and faith. The question for the contest is, “What themes stand out to you and why? In an essay of approximately 1,000 words, discuss how the book develops one of the themes and why you found it personally relevant.”

“We kept the essay question very general because we wanted to ask students something that is relatable to their own lives,” said Martens.

The judging panel will consist of judges representing each of the colleges, a student employee of the Writing Center, and another employee of the Writing Center. Dr. Adam Stanley, associate professor of history, will represent the College of Liberal Arts and Education; Dr. Sharon Klavins, associate professor of biology, will represent the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; Dr. Ben Collins, professor of mathematics, will represent the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, and Dr. DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld, English lecturer, is the English department representative.

Students interested in the contest can submit essays to writingcenter@uwplatt.edu, or bring them to the Writing Center at 306 Brigham Hall by Friday, April 19 at 4 p.m.

Support for this contest is made possible through the Provost Office and UW-Platteville Foundation.

For more information, contact Martens at martense@uwplatt.edu, or Morgan Spitzer, interim Writing Center coordinator at spirtzerm@uwplatt.edu at (608) 342-1615.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu



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