by the WIC Team

WIC and participating units strive to foster a commitment to excellence in undergraduate student writing and recognize the value of writing across the disciplines with the annual WIC Culture of Writing Awards in the disciplines.

Participation in the Culture of Writing Awards has thrived since 2006 as students earn recognition and cash awards through either individual or team writing projects. This year, participation continued to be strong, even with the obstacles of the present quarter. WIC would like to thank all participating units for their continued desire to recognize and reward outstanding student writing.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!

Student namePaper TitleCollege | Unit | Nominating Professor
Ryan WellsAlternative Approach for Soil Sterilization in Strawberry Rootstock and Fruit ProductionsAgricultural Sciences | Agricultural Sciences | Lauren LaGrande
Emily BradleyHousing Chickens: How Much Space is Enough?Agricultural Sciences | Animal Sciences | Giovanna Rosenlicht & Claudia Ingham
Celine HuynhImpact of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons on Barrier Function Toxicity in 3D Lung Model from Normal and Asthmatic Donor CellsAgricultural Sciences | BioResource Research | Katharine Field
Michael SielerThe Gut Microbiome Drives Benzo[a]pyrene’s Impact on Zebrafish Behavioral DevelopmentAgricultural Sciences | BioResource Research | Katharine Field
Monica Vickers
Benefits and costs of payments for environmental services in Morogoro, Tanzania
Agricultural Sciences | Environmental Economics and Policy | Jennifer Alix-Garcia
Katrina OngReshaping Conventional Agriculture with Regenerative AgricultureAgricultural Sciences | Sustainability | Deanna Lloyd
Tristen MyersBald Hill Mapping Project ReportCEOAS | Environmental Sciences | Mary Santelmann & Larry Becker
Andres MendozaFrom Cocoa to Crude Oil: The Troubled Export Economy of EcuadorCEOAS | Geography & Geospatial Science | Larry Becker
Jia Yi LiResearch Implications Report for ECE Senior Design Capstone ProjectEngineering | Electrical & Computer Engineering | Rachael Cate & Donald Heer
Sean JimHeavy-Payload Agriculture Drone: Imaging/ControlEngineering | Mechanical Engineering | John Parmigiani
Karla AguileraBless Me Ultima: The Soul of the Chicano MovementLiberal Arts | American Studies | Neil Browne
Logan E. McCarthyRituals of RecoveryLiberal Arts | Anthropology | Julianne Freeman
Leslie D RoweDeepfake Detection and Education Key to Defending the TruthLiberal Arts | Digital Communication Arts | Alina Padilla-Miller
Rebekah VillantiDefining the Novel by Conventions of Realism and FictionalityLiberal Arts | English | Megan Ward
Helena FournierGenocide in Ukraine: The Holodomor in Archival Documents, Witness Testimony, and Contemporary DebateLiberal Arts | History | Katherine Hubler
Taylor HulettGermaine Tailleferre: Love, Marriage, Infidelity, and Art SongLiberal Arts | Music | Kimary Fick
Jordan FoosTyranny of the Herd: Nietzsche and Mill on IndividualityLiberal Arts | Philosophy | Robert Figueroa
Diego RodriguezA Culturally Specific, Multi-Component Suicide Prevention Program for Adolescent American Indians on ReservationsLiberal Arts | Psychology | Chris Sanchez
Joshua DudleyThe Impact of Religious Affiliation and Race on Perceptions of Everyday DiscriminationLiberal Arts | Sociology | Mark Edwards
Erin ZurbruggAn Unexpected Journey: Finding Joy in Life’s CurveballsPublic Health and Human Sciences | Human Development and Family Sciences | Karen Hooker
Jynx FrederickBenton County Condom Distribution ProgramPublic Health and Human Sciences | Health Promotion & Health Behavior | Kari-Lyn K. Sakuma
Jessica C. BrownSynthesis and Characterization of Zeolite 5AScience | Chemistry | Kyriakos C. Stylianou, Chong Fang, & Christine Pastorek
Emily DozlerMedical research’s silent sufferers: Reasons to reduce animal testingScience | Integrative Biology | Meta Landys
Richard PuroEquilibria of Wolves and Elk in YosemiteScience | Math | Yevgeniy Kochegov
Jacob Van de LindtModeling the Fusion Reaction in an Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Reactor with the Particle-in-Cell MethodScience | Physics | Ethan Minot
by the WIC Team

WIC and participating units strive to foster a commitment to excellence in undergraduate student writing and recognize the value of writing across the disciplines with the annual WIC Culture of Writing Awards in the disciplines.

Participation in the Culture of Writing Awards has thrived since 2006 as students earn recognition and cash awards through either individual or team writing projects. This year, participation continued to be strong. WIC would like to thank all participating units for their continued desire to recognize and reward outstanding student writing.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!

Team Awards Paper Title College | Unit | Nominating Professor
Bradi Marie Van Atta & Abigail Noel Nagel Northwest Buddies Public Health and Human Sciences / School of Social and Behavioral Sciences / Lori McGraw
Rihana Louise Debler, Charisa Collyn Hohman, & Breanna Wells-Tyrell Family Health and Wellness Grant Proposal Public Health and Human Sciences / Human Development and Family Sciences (OSU Cascades) / Shannon Lipscomb, Jenna Goldsmith

Individual Awards Paper Title College | Discipline| Nominating Professor
Callie Daddario Expiration Date Education: A Movement to Decrease Food Waste Agricultural Sciences | Agricultural  Education and Agricultural Sciences | Becky Haddad
Kate Brazelton What is the most ethical method of tail docking in lambs? Agricultural Sciences | Animal & Rangeland Sciences | Claudia Ingham
Tyler Gustafson Alternative Policy Approaches to Pesticide Use Agricultural Sciences | Applied Economics | Larry Lev
Alberto Gonzalez Sustainability Assessment of Boise Firefighters IAFF Local 149 Agricultural Sciences | Crop and Soil Science | Deanna Lloyd
Andrew Chione New discovery leads to a whole new meaning of “trash fish” Agricultural Sciences | Fisheries & Wildlife | Brian Sidlauskas
Elizabeth Puttman Use of Platelet Rich Plasma for the Treatment of Subclinical Endometritis in Beef Heifers Agricultural Sciences | BioResource Research | Kate Field
Hamza Molvi Personal Ethical Action Plan Business | Marketing | Ted Paterson
Shreya Melkote Personal Ethical Action Plan Business | Business Information Systems | Jon Broome
Macey Hsu Personal Ethical Action Plan Business | Accounting | Angelika Buchanan
Eliza Adams Personal Ethical Action Plan Business | Finance | Angelika Buchanan
Tony Penoyer Mobile Pedestrian Target: Block Design Validation

Mechanical Structure and Motors

Engineering | School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | Rachael Cate
Annie Dutchover The Loving Embrace Forestry | Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership (TRAL) | Andrew Hawley
Danil Thorstensson Final Paper Liberal Arts | Philosophy | Joseph Orosco
Scott T. Harrington Religion as a Common-Sense Category Liberal Arts | Religion | Courtney Campbell
Chanti Manon-Ferguson Learning Outcomes: Native American Assimilation and Activism Liberal Arts | Ethnic Studies | Natchee Barnd
Rebekah Richardson The Most Wonderful Letters: Leonard Bernstein’s Piano Anniversaries Liberal Arts | Music Education | Kimary Fick
Peter T. Young The Lords of Longitude – How Social and Political Structures influenced the Longitude Problem Liberal Arts | History | Jacob Hamblin
Annie L. Cao Physicians and Treating Addiction in Patients Liberal Arts | School of Psychological Science | Frank Bernieri
Marcus Trinidad Criming going off the rails: Examining the relationship between light rail stations and crime in Porland, OR Liberal Arts | Economics | Camille Soltau Nelson
Brianne Nordin The Gender Wage Gap and Education Liberal Arts | Political Science | Christopher Stout
Shannon Nicole Pastori Does Knowing Someone Who has Taken Their Own Life Increase Support for Gun Control? Liberal Arts | Sociology and Psychology | Rebecca Warner
Addie Howell Politics, Memes, and Culture Jamming: Meme Culture’s Potential to Engage Youth in Politics Liberal Arts | Speech Communication | Trischa Goodnow
Kristin Yeomans Screen Time: A Community-based HIV/AIDS Reduction Program in Multnomah County, based on PROMISE for HIP, an Evidence-based Intervention. Public Health and Human Sciences | School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences | Aimee Snyder
Jenna Beyer Probing the effects of post-translational modifications at a regulatory serine in LC8 using non-canonical amino acids” Science | Biochemistry and Biophysics | Lauren Dalton
Jorie Casey Regulatory Phosphorylation of LC8 Dimerization through Genetic Code Expansion   Science | Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Lauren Dalton
Cocoro Andrew Nagasaka Preparation and Characterization of Zeolite 5A: Analysis with PXRD, TGA, INAA, Porosimetry, and SEM-EDX. Science | Chemistry | May Nyman
Jade Sentker Embryonic stem cell research: invaluable and ethical Science | Integrative Biology | Meta Landys
Sara Tro Comparing the Polynomial Chaos Debye Model to the Original Debye Model Science | Mathematics | Nathan Gibson
Sydney Kristine Wardan Grant Proposal Prospectus: Hepatitis C Vaccine Study Science | BioHealth Science | Kate Field
Bailey Burk Soil solarization can improve agricultural yield by limiting growth of unwanted organisms and altering microbial diversity without use of soil fumigation Science | Microbiology | Walt Ream
Brennan Douglas Chiral Topological Defects in Nematic Liquid Crystals and Classical Field Theories Science | Physics | Ethan Minot
Trevor A. Whitaker Freeze Stage Analysis of an Indirect Freeze Desalination System Honors College | Mechanical Engineering | Deborah V. Pence
Tessa Barone Just Go Find Yourself a Nice Alpha: Gender and Consent in Supernatural Fanfiction’s Alpha/Beta/Omega Universe Honors College | English and History | Rebecca Olson
Benjamin Nicholas Genetic and morphological evidence suggests cryptic speciation within Torrent Sculpin, Cottus rhotheus, across the Pacific Northwest Honors College | Fisheries & Wildlife | Brian Sidlauskas

by the WIC Team

As WIC celebrated 25 years at OSU, we wanted to honor the faculty and units that have helped make our success possible. Below are just some parties that help cultivate a culture of writing at OSU.

Founding Director Award Lisa Ede
Most Memorable WIC Retreats Animal Sciences

Human Development and Family Sciences

WIC Mentoring Awards Katharine Field

Philip Harding

Neil Browne

Brad Cardinal

WIC Versatility Award Randall Milstein
WIC Silver Anniversary Award Trischa Goodnow

Jon Lewis

Rebecca Warner

WIC Silver Anniversary Superstar Christine Pastorek
WIC Collaborative Partnership Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio

 

by Vicki Tolar Burton, WIC Director

As part of our WIC 25th Anniversary Celebration, we surveyed more than 200 past winners of the WIC Culture of Writing Awards in the disciplines. Nearly 100 of these OSU graduates responded, answering questions about their careers, their workplace and personal writing, and how well prepared they felt as writers. In an open-ended question, many wrote about their gratitude for what they learned in WIC courses and for having their writing recognized through the Culture of Writing award. This is what some of the grads told us:

  • “I was truly honored to be recognized with my department’s WIC award and am happy to be counted among the winners, past and future.” (Liberal Arts)
  • “Thank you, OSU, for helping me to become a published science writer! OSU was the best foundation I could have hoped for, and from that foundation I have been able to put together a slightly odd and highly satisfying career, spreading the joy of birds and birding to a wide audience.” (Ag Sciences)
  • “Writing is honestly a joy. I, among others, have always found a freedom of expression in writing. I am so glad that this program continues to honor writing – thank you!” (Business)
  • “WIC is as important as STEM related course work in engineering. Most students will spend a relatively small portion of their career performing technical calculations. They will spend a significantly larger portion of their career communicating with peers or reviewing/revising the work of employees they supervise.” (Engineering)
  • “Some of the best writers at our company went to OSU. The WIC program was instrumental to their success, whether they acknowledge it or not.” (Engineering)
  • “Thank you for your support. The Culture of Writing Award was the first award I received during my academic career. It’s an accomplishment with significant positive impacts on young scholars during a vital stage of their progressive young careers.” (Science)
  • “It was one of my biggest honors at OSU to receive this award, and it really gave me the confidence to proudly display my writing skills and highlight them as one of my biggest strengths.” (Public Health and Human Sciences)
  • “….The encouragement from my professors truly helped me reframe how I saw myself and my ideas. When Dr. Natchee Barnd presented me with the WIC award, I actually cried because, still, in my senior year, I wasn’t terribly confident in my writing, and I think part of me thought I was undeserving…The award spoke far more to my skills than I realized, and it validated all my hard work…To every professor at OSU, your words of encouragement, validation, and affirmation go such a long way.” (Liberal Arts)

More of these interesting responses in the fall.

Thank you to each WIC teacher who nominated a student for a Culture of Writing Award in your discipline this year. See the list of this year’s winners and their nominating faculty member here. If you are wishing you had nominated someone, remember next year.

I also want to recognize and thank the people who made the 25th celebration of WIC possible. First, thanks to Vice Provost Alix Gitelman and the Division of Undergraduate Education, who approved funding for the events. Second, thanks to my amazing WIC team, who planned and made the event happen, and whose ideas shaped the day: Executive Assistant Caryn Stoess, GTAs Lindsay Schwehr and Ruth Sylvester, and intern Marisa Yerace. Marisa planned the outstanding afternoon mini-conference. Thank you. Thanks also to the WIC faculty who participated in the afternoon mini-conference, and to my friend and WAC colleague, Terry Zawacki, who flew here from Virginia to be our keynoter.

I will lead my last WIC Faculty Seminar in the fall, as I am retiring January 1, 2020. Please encourage WIC faculty who have not had the seminar to ask their chair/head/director to email a nomination to me. I look forward to another great group of faculty in the fall. We will me meeting on Thursdays, 3 to 5, rather than Wednesdays, due to space constraints.

(L to R) The WIC Team: Marisa Yerace, Lindsay Schwehr, Vicki Tolar Burton, Ruth Sylvester, and Caryn Stoess

Finally, thanks to the WIC team for a rewarding year despite many challenges. To WIC GTA fall and winter Lindsay Schwehr, thank you for your endless good cheer and your thoroughness in review of WIC courses. To Ruth Sylvester, who stepped in as WIC GTA when Lindsay took health leave, thank you for devoting two years to interning and working to improve the program and strengthen its research-based foundation. All the best to Ruth as she enters a PhD program in Rhetoric and Composition at U. of Nevada Reno. Thanks to intern Marisa Yerace, especially for taking responsibility for the 25th celebration mini-conference. Marisa will be the WIC GTA next year. Finally, thanks to Caryn Stoess, who has kept all things WIC moving in the right direction this year, even while taking on a new position as Interim Operations Manager for Academic Programs and Assessment. I am deeply grateful, Caryn.

Have a great summer, and keep on writing!

2018 WIC Culture of Writing Awards: Celebrating Writing in the Disciplines

By WIC Tea


WIC and participating units strive to foster a commitment to excellence in undergraduate student writing and recognize the value of writing across the disciplines with the annual Culture of Writing Awards.

Participation in the Culture of Writing Awards has thrived since 2006 as students earn recognition and cash awards through either individual or team writing projects. This year, participation continues to be strong. WIC would like to thank all participating units for their continued desire to recognize and reward outstanding student writing.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!

Spring 2018 WIC award winners

TEAM NOMINATION

Student Title of Paper College/ Unit/ Nominating Professor
Blaise Gilbride
Andrew Parmeter
Roger Rodriguez-Ortiz
Johnson Trieu
Interactive Parts Storage System Project Specification College of Engineering
Unit: EECS
Chair: Belle Bose
Nominated by: Rachael Cate

INDIVIDUAL NOMINATIONS

Student Title of Paper College/ Unit/ Nominating Professor
Reiden Gustafson Grant Proposal: PDX Resilience Farm College of Agricultural Sciences
Unit: Ag Ed/Ag Sci
Nominated by: Becky Haddad
Lyndsey Dixon Alternative Public Policy Approaches to Childhood Obesity College of Agricultural Sciences
Unit:  Applied Economics
Nominated by: Larry Lev
Erin Wever AEC 410 Internship Report – My summer with the OSU Extension Service – Marion County, Mid-Willamette Valley Small Farms Program College of Agricultural Sciences
Unit:  Applied Economics
Nominated by: James Sterns
Holly Rysenga Implications of Psittacines as Pets College of Agricultural Sciences
Unit:  Animal Sciences
Nominated by Giovanna Rosenlicht
Eliza Wilmes Smith A Survey of Small Farmers to Assess Interest in a Food Hub in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley College of Agricultural Sciences
Unit: BRR
Nominated by:  Katharine G. Field
Joshua Lynn Akins Personal Ethical Action Plan College of Business
Unit: Management
Nominated by: Ted Paterson
Siena Marion Harris Challenge Paper 1 College of Business
Unit: Management
Nominated by: Ken Crangle
Joel Goodman Mars Rover Robotic Arm Design Proposal College of Engineering
Unit: MIME
Nominated by: Sharon LeRoux
Philip Michael Roe We Hear You Now College of Liberal Arts
Unit: Cascades/SWLF
Nominated by Neil Browne
Annalise San Juan Nature Viewed Through the Male Gaze College of Liberal Arts
Unit: English
Nominated by: Ehren Pflugfelder
Jordyn C. Bateman Your Fast Fashion Purchases May Lead To a Serious Crisis College of Liberal Arts
Unit: School of Arts and Communication-New Media
Nominated by: Alina Padilla-Miller
Dominique Willard Argyres The Effect of Medicaid Expansion on Substance Abuse-Related Mortalities, 2013-2016 College of Liberal Arts
Unit: School of Public Policy
Nominated by Camille Nelson
Elena Ramirez Robles Planting the Seeds to Establish the Roots College of Liberal Arts
Unit: Ethnic Studies/School of Language, Culture, and Society
Nominated by: Natchee Barnd
Nico Conahan Washington R*dskins – a Comparative Critique College of Liberal Arts
Unit:  Arts and Communications
Nominated by: Deann Garcia
Lihani du Plessis  “A Monument to Jim Crow”: Post-War Racial Liberalism and the Battle Over the Booker T. Washington Black Veterans Hospital College of Liberal Arts
Unit: History, Philosophy, and Religion
Nominated by: Marisa Chappell
Rishi Seshadri Personal, Musical, and Cultural: The Influence of Legacy, a Work-Concept, and Enlightenment Values in Haydn’s Late Oratorios College of Liberal Arts
Unit: Music
Nominated by: Kimary Fick
Hannah C. Lea ADHD Diagnoses and Prescription Rates of Methylphenidate among Children and Adolescents in the United States and Europe: Implications for Long-term Health Outcomes College of Liberal Arts
Unit: School of Psychological Science
Nominated by: Anita Cservenka
Patrick Storment The Impact of Religious Sympathy on Attitudes Toward Immigrants College of Liberal Arts
Unit: Public Policy
Nominated by: Alison Johnston
Emily L. Wilcox A Comparative Analysis of Black and White Subjective Social Class Identifications: Significance of Relationship for Income Level, Educational Level, and Occupational Type College of Liberal Arts
Unit: Sociology
Nominated by: Rebecca Warner
Karen C. Granados A Socio-Ecological Suicide Prevention Program: Peer-To-Peers, adapted from Sources of Strength, an Evidence-based Program. College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Unit: School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
Nominated by: Aimee Snyder
Alexa Sakai Proposal to Fund the Sex Trafficking Education Program CASCADES
College:  Public Health and Human Sciences
Unit: Human Development and Family Sciences
Nominated by: Shannon Lipscomb
Jordan P. Pascua What are you worth?  A case for pay-for-play in the NCAA College:  Public Health and Human Sciences
Unit: School of Biological and Population Health Sciences
Nominated by: Jennifer Beamer
Danielle M. Stevens Impacts of Tertiary Ligands in Catalysis in Thermostable Human Carbonic Anhydrase II by Site-directed Mutagenesis and Genetic Code Expansion College of Science
Unit: Biochemistry & Biophysics
Nominated by: Kari van Zee and Ryan Mehl
Seth Gonzales Derivation of Halide Bond Lengths through Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy College of Science:
Unit: Chemistry
Nominated by: Chong Fang
Mark Rubin GMOs are Safe: Why a Former Anti-GMO Activist Changed His Mind College of Science
Unit: Integrative Biology
Nominated by: Meta Landys
Brandon Farmer Behavior of a Tall, Narrow Structure Modeled as an Inverted Pendulum During Earthquakes With and Without the Inclusion of Vertical Ground Acceleration College of Science
Unit: Mathematics
Nominated by: Nathan Gibson
Christopher May Freezing a Softly Repulsive Fluid: Monte Carlo Methods and the Weeks–‐Chandler-‐Andersen Potential College of Science
Unit: Physics
Nominated by Janet Tate
Zibigniew Sikora Effects of solarization and water treatment on microbial communities in soil College of Science
Unit: Microbiology
Nominated by: Walt Ream

 

RCOW-300x232By WIC Team 

WIC and participating units strive to foster a commitment to excellence in undergraduate student writing and recognize the value of writing across the disciplines with the annual Culture of Writing Award.

Participation in the Culture of Writing Award has thrived since 2006 as students earn recognition and cash awards through either individual or team writing projects. This year, participation continues to be strong. WIC would like to thank all participating units for their continued desire to recognize and reward outstanding student writing.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!

Student Name Paper Title College/Unit Nominating Professor
Alexandra (Lexie) Krueger “Cardiovascular System Technical Description” Kinesiology Elizabeth Delf
Alyssa Froman “Plutarch’s Women: A Unique Perspective on the Value of Women in Ancient Rome” History Kevin Osterloh
Alyssa Rollins “Seventeen Days: A Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for Hispanic Adolescent Females in Portland, Oregon” Public Health Peggy Dolcini
Amandip Singh “Decaying Pig Body’s Impact on Forest Soil Microbiota” Microbiology Walt Ream
Armando Kraynick “Gondar Site Development Project, Final Group Design Report V2.0” Civil Engineering Shane Brown
Keisuke Harry “Gondar Site Development Project, Final Group Design Report V2.0” Civil Engineering Shane Brown
Nicklaus R. Abdou “Gondar Site Development Project, Final Group Design Report V2.0” Civil Engineering Shane Brown
B. Lauren Stoneburner “Trumpet of the Spirit, Bass of Faith: Jazz as a Cold War Spiritual Weapon” Religion Christopher Nichols
Breanna Hagerman

 

“The Influence of Race and Gender on an Individual’s Support for Reducing Income Inequality” Sociology Kelsy Kretschmer
Brian Dougherty “Biochar as a Cover for Dairy Manure Lagoons: Reducing Odor and Gas Emissions While Capturing Nutrients” Bioenergy Minor Kate G. Field
Danika Locey “Frauenliebe und Leben: Robert Schumann’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy” Music Julia Goodwin
Darian Taylor Seim “Understanding the Impact of Orientation on Gene Expression of lux operon in pKN800 Transformation into Escherichia coli DH5a” Microbiology Ryan Mueller
Jason Sandwisch “Radical Addition Polymerization and Characterization of Polymethylmetacrylate by GPC, DSC, and Viscometry” Chemistry Michelle Dolgos
Jenna Marie Proctor “The Great Hall: A Story of Promise, Lost Opportunity, and the Value of the Liberal Arts” Honors College Ben Mutschler
Jennifer K. Green “Transient Electron Donor Concentration Experiments for the Determination of Dehalogenation Rate and Kinetic Parameter Shifts in an Anaerobic Microbial Culture” Honors College Lewis Semprini
Jennifer Green “Calcium Removal for Increased Hydrolyzate Activity” Environmental Engineering Philip Harding
Miranda Raper “Calcium Removal for Increased Hydrolyzate Activity” Bioengineering Philip Harding
Zachary Jones “Calcium Removal for Increased Hydrolyzate Activity” Chemical Engineering Philip Harding
Joshua Y. Zheng “Conveying Affect: Vocal vs. Nonverbal Cues” Psychology Frank Bernieri
Justin Stangel “Ethics in Construction Bidding” Construction Engineering Shane Brown
Kendra Sherman “Strong Bones Start Young” Kinesiology Tony Wilcox
Lauren Henneford “Is Cosmetic Tail Surgery in Dogs Ethical?” Animal Sciences Claudia Ingham
Michelle Koepke “Standardized Testing” Economics Carol Tremblay
Mudra Choudhury

 

“The Development and Application of a Systems Biology Approach to Mapping Monocyte Gene Regulatory Networks” BioResource Research Kate G. Field
Natasha M. Smith “An Enzymatic Study of the Role of Tyr415 in Native Catalase HPII using the UAA Mutants: 3-Cl-Tyr415 and 3-Br-Tyr415” Biochemistry and Biophysics Kari van Zee
Samuel Kowash “Solving the Geodesic Equation on the Poincaré and Klein Disks” Mathematics Tevian Dray
Samuel Kowash “The Lag-Luminosity Correlation in Time-Resolved Episodes of Long Gamma-ray Bursts” Physics Janet Tate

 

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By WIC Team

The 2016 WIC Culture of Writing Award winners were asked to give writing advice for students in their respective majors/disciplines. Here is what they had to say:

Alyssa Froman, History:
“I have found in history courses that you have to be open to change. That is, if you set out researching one topic, and halfway through realize that it’s irrelevant or less exciting than a new lead, go ahead and follow your gut. If you’re passionate about what you’re writing, it will always be better than something forced. Another tip is to print out your paper and edit it by hand — we stare at computer screens for hours upon hours and it drains our eyes. Mixing it up by reading a real piece of paper can help you zero in on sections that you would otherwise gloss over.”

Alyssa Rollins, Public Health:
“My biggest piece of advice for undergraduate writers is to not be afraid to make edits. Even the most experienced authors can’t write something perfectly on their first try! Appreciate when your professor or a friend hands back to you a draft covered in red ink; it shows that your writing has potential and they care enough to help you take it to the next level.”

B. Lauren Stoneburner, Religion:
“Writing never gets easier but you get better the more work is put into it. It gives back to you in ways that you don’t expect. Work to write out of who you are and uncover your own voice. And the work is always worth it.”

Breanna Hagerman, Sociology:
“The advice that I would give to undergraduate writers in sociology would be to always meet with their professor before the paper is due, even if all they have is an outline. Clarifying details and getting a better idea of what is expected makes the paper easier to start and to write in the long run! Also, I find it more successful to just pick a spot in a coffee shop for a couple of hours and write as much as I can without focusing on the details. Instead of spending all of my time on one paragraph, I’ll add comments in places I want to use quotes or highlight sentences that I want to go back to. Always continue writing, you know what you’re doing and you’ll get there! It is a process.”

Brian Dougherty, BioResource Research:
“Don’t procrastinate on starting your thesis. It may require several rounds of editing and revising before you submit it. A draft of the introduction and literature review can be completed before or during data collection. Starting early reduces the stress involved with meeting your deadlines.”

Joshua Zheng, Psychology:
“The end goal of any piece of writing is to communicate something as clearly and as simply as possible. Thus, when you edit your work, never be afraid to rip apart everything you’ve written and write it all again. Don’t be afraid to throw away an entire paragraph if you can convey the same meaning in a single sentence. It’s like cutting a diamond: the process is rough and vicious but the end result is beautiful and refined.”

Mudra Choudhury, BioResource Research:
“Make sure your scientific writing is clear and concise, and that you accurately describe the broader impacts of your project. When conducting research, document all of your progress regularly. This helps avoid having to recall details when writing the scientific paper later on.”

Samuel Kowash, Mathematics and Physics:
“You can start writing sooner than you expect. Even if you don’t have results or fully understand the theory yet, you always have some idea of what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it. Write this down the way you would explain it to a classmate or professor, then update and revise it as your project evolves. This keeps old knowledge from fading, solidifies new knowledge, and saves you time later on.”

 

By Jacob Day, WIC GTAWIC Culture of Writing Award

Through the annual Culture of Writing Award, WIC and participating units and schools foster a commitment to excellence in undergraduate student writing and recognize the value of writing across the disciplines. Participation in the Culture of Writing Award has thrived since 2006 as students earn recognition and cash awards through either individual or team writing projects. This year, participation continues to be strong with early results showing 16 awardees, with more expected.  WIC would like to thank all participating units for their continued desire to recognize and reward outstanding student writing. Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

  Student Name Paper Title College / Unit Nominating Professor
1 Crystal Kraft “Harper’s Healing with Horse Therapy” College of Public Health and Human Sciences, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Joy Lile
2 Heaven Le Roberts “Ethical Concerns of Testing Toxins in Animals” College of Agricultural  Sciences, Animal and Rangeland Sciences Giovanna Rosenlicht
3 Christopher Heron “Synthesis and Characterization of 4-Ethylbenzophenone” College of Science, Chemistry Michelle Dolgos
4 K.C. Clay “Emotions as Motivations for the Conquistadors” College of Liberal Arts School of History, Philosophy, and Religion Nicole von Germeten
5 Alexandra Joy Bonney “Genome sequencing and annotation of Pseudomonas veronii isolated from Oregon State University soil and 16S rRNA characterization of Corvallis, OR soil microbial populations” College of ScienceDepartment of Microbiology Walt Ream
6 Timothy Michael Chase “The Development of Music Notation:  Notational Practices of the Middle Ages and How They Reveal a Changing Philosophy of Music” College of Liberal Arts School of Arts & Communications Julia Goodwin
7 Peter Killgore “The Fano Plane as an Octonionic Multiplication Table” College of Science
Mathematics
Tevian Dray
8 Hannah Whitley “Support for Capital Punishment:  The Role of Parenthood and Suburbanism in Death Penalty Opinions” College of Liberal Arts, School of Public Policy
Sociology Program
Mark Edwards
9 Alyssa Beamer “Artistic Engineering” College of Liberal Arts
School of Writing, Literature, and Film
Steve Kunert
10 B. Lauren Stoneburner “Aimee Semple McPherson and Writing the Faith into the Modern World” College of Liberal Arts School of History, Philosophy, and Religion Courtney Campbell
11 Kodasha M. Thomas “Targeted Intervention to Reduce HIV Transmission-Atlanta, GA” College of Public Health and Human Sciences, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Joseph A. Catania
12 Christopher J. Ratcliff “Carbon Isotopes Show Snowpack Acts as a Valuable Moisture Subsidy to Mountain Forests in the Oregon Cascades” College of Agricultural Science, BioResource Research Katharine G. Field
13 Amanda Leahy “Textile and Apparel Marketing Plan” College of Business, School of Design and Human Environment Tsun-Yin (Tracie) Tung
14 Emily Kolodzy “Textile and Apparel Marketing Plan” College of Business, School of Design and Human Environment Tsun-Yin (Tracie) Tung
15 Zoe Chrisman-Miller “The Effects of Adult Attachment on Exercise” College of Liberal Arts, School of Psychological Sciences Mei Lien
16 Emily Jackson   “The Geologic Setting,History, Hazards, andMitigation of the MountYake-Dake Volcano on Honshu Island, Japan” College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, School of Geosciences Anita Grunder
17 Michael Perlin “Optimizing Monte Carlo   simulation of the square-well fluid” College of Science, Department of Physics Janet Tate
18 Jessica Cesar “Fighting for Fruit:  IPM Strategies for Drosophila suzukii in Blueberry and Raspberry Production” College of Agricultural Science, Department of Crop and Soil Science Jennifer Parke
19 Claire Osterag-Hill “Differentiation of BHV-1 Isolates from Vaccine Virus by High-Resolution Melting Analysis and An Examination of the Interface Between Culture and the Global Prevalence of HSV-2″ University Honors College Ling Jin
20 Alyssa Ekdahl “Ion Exchange System for Strontium Removal” College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering Philip Harding
21 Sarah Seals “Ion Exchange System for Strontium Removal” College of Engineering, Biological Engineering Philip Harding
22 Jana Otero “Ion Exchange System for Strontium Removal” College of Engineering, Environmental Engineering Philip Harding
23 Jordon Walker “Pragmatism, Walt Whitman, and Understanding Liberal Arts, Cascades James Foster

Writing Advice from WIC Culture of Writing Award Winners

The 2015 WIC Culture of Writing Award winners were asked to give writing advice for students in their respective majors and disciplines. Here is what they had to say:

Peter Kilgore, Mathematics:

“If you are going to be writing mathematics, take the time to learn LaTeX; it will make the project much easier and gives a nice professional look to your work. When it comes to getting your ideas on paper, make an outline! It doesn’t have to be super detailed, but this helps develop a nice flow within your paper. Above all, be clear and concise. Mathematical writing must be exact and precise without getting bogged down in superfluous verbiage. Say exactly what you mean in as few words as possible. I think these are the basis for writing a good mathematical paper.”

Tim Chase, Music:

“It’s most important when selecting a topic to choose a subject that interests you most. I suggest taking the one or two aspects of first term Music History that you found the most fascinating and stick with them, even if a thesis statement doesn’t come right away. When I chose to write about music notation, I cycled through different thesis statements multiple times a week until I found one that fit. So my best advice is to choose something, however broad, that makes you curious and excited, and then simply read everything you can. An arguable thesis will come, and then your research will be driven by interest and fascination as well as a deadline.”

Hannah Whitley, Sociology:  

“I think that writing for sociology requires a delicate, yet necessary balance; not only do individuals need to know the tools necessary for writing in the humanities, but there is also the required scientific component when it comes to quantitative and result analysis. I feel like many writers are either comfortable with ONLY writing for science or ONLY writing for humanities, which is why writing for social science has traditionally been so daunting.

“My biggest piece of advice is to acknowledge that (as with any research paper), your process is going to take time. We have always been told to not procrastinate and not leave assignments until the last minute, but in writing major sociological research papers, this piece of advice is a big deal. In order to communicate your ideas effectively, while simultaneously weaving through the humanities/scientific writing maze, make sure to set aside enough time to simply write. I feel like a lot of students struggle with underestimating how long something will take them to write, which is why this is a very important piece of advice! Also, never overlook the power of a second opinion. I like to make sure that all my major papers are seen by a minimum of three other people. This way, I can see if my ideas are communicated effectively and clearly.”

K. C. Clay, History:

“Unless it is a direct quote, every citation should have at least two sources. Other scholars might disagree with your argument or your interpretation, but your facts will be fixed.”

Brittany Stoneburner, Religious Studies:

“Work hard. Don’t just write for the class or a good grade. Seek out your Professors. They will bring out the best in you. Above all else – be creative and have fun.”

 Kodasha Thomas, Public Health:

“The primary advice I have for other writers in the Public Health major is: Write about your passions and what interests you! Don’t hold back from experiencing different types of writing that you aren’t used to. And remember, writing is a process, so be patient with your work!”