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.

Participation in the Culture of Writing Awards has thrived since 2006, with 407 students having earned recognition and cash awards for either individual or team writing projects. This year, 28 awards were granted across 6 colleges. WIC would like to thank all participating units for their continued desire to recognize and reward outstanding student writing in the disciplines.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!

Student Name(s)Paper TitleCollegeNominating MajorNominating Professor
Ryaan AkmalGrant Proposal Prospectus for the Testing of Bacteriophages Against Drug-Resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae in a Mouse ModelScienceBioHealth SciencesKatharine Field
Robert AveryCombinatorial Games on Knot ShadowsScienceMathematicsTevian Dray
Sullivan Bailey-DarlandModel effectiveness in time-resolved spectroscopy: new statistical approaches to uncertainty and model selection for global analysisSciencePhysicsEthan Minot
Mckenzie BartlesBlavatsky, Olcott, and Theosophy: Appropriation or AppreciationLiberal ArtsReligious StudiesStuart Sarbacker
Samuel BassetModern Day Snake Oil: Science-based recommendations for US policy makers regarding stricter regulation of homeopathic products in the modern marketplaceScienceBiochemistry and BiophysicsLauren Dalton
Gabriel BendatA Benefit-Cost Analysis of the Demarcation of Indigenous Territories in BrazilAgricultural SciencesEnvironmental Econ and PolicyChristian Langpap
Samantha CaltabianoRoll for Initiative: Dungeons & Dragons as Contemporary FolkloreLiberal ArtsAnthropologyDrew Gerkey
Taylor CockrellNew Zealand’s Subtropical North Island ClimateCEOASEnvironmental SciencesAndrea Allen
Jordan Denbo, Joshua Spencer, & Renee WaldrenThe Effects Of Laptop’s Distraction On LearningLiberal ArtsPsychologyMei-Ching Lien
Cydney DiazAEC 442 Agricultural Business Management Final ExamAgricultural SciencesAgricultural and Food Business ManagementJames Sterns
Jade EhmigMemories of DescendantsLiberal ArtsHistoryBen Mutschler
Charlotte EppsExploring the Growth Habits of Sweetpotatoes (Ipomoea batatas) in the Willamette Valley of Western OregonAgricultural SciencesBioResource ResearchKatharine Field
Emily GallegosQuality of Life for Farmed FishAgricultural SciencesAnimal SciencesElisa Monaco
Casandra GuileyBethel Obesity Prevention: Centering Culture as a Protective Factor Adaptation of a health education program for Indigenous women in rural AlaskaPublic Health and Human SciencesPublic HealthAshley Vaughn
Adriana GutierrezThe Viewer and the Spectacle: How the “Sensitive Monster” is Born in The MoonstoneLiberal ArtsEnglishMegan Ward
Makeana JohnsonChanging ChildcarePublic Health and Human SciencesHuman Development and Family SciencesLori McGraw
Madelyn KennedyDoes multi-ingredient pre-workout supplementation improve strength training performance when consumed prior to a workout?Public Health and Human SciencesKinesiologyMike Pavol
Taylor LinsdayZeolite 5A: Synthesis and Characterization of Structure, Composition, Purity, and PorosityScienceChemistryKyriakos Stylianou & Christine Pastorek
Zoe MoultonThe French Aristocrat and the Spanish Gypsy: Historiographical Perceptions of Female Guitarists in Nineteenth-century Spain and FranceLiberal ArtsMusicKimary Fick
Ziani PaizSubirrigated Bottomland Ecological Site in the Shortgrass PrairieAgricultural SciencesRangeland SciencesPat Shaver & Claudia Ingham
Rose RobertsCoffee and Climate Change: Predicaments and Possible Solutions for Farmers in Latin AmericaAgricultural SciencesCrop & Soil ScienceDeanna Lloyd
Hunter SapienzaBlood Electrolyte Concentrations for Loons in Rehabilitative Care Housed in Pools of Varying SalinityScienceBiologyMeta Landys
Channon SchuergerWhere the Lost Fantasies Go: The Lasting Effects of College Social ExperiencesLiberal ArtsSociologyAllison Hurst
Zoe ShulevitzMental Health[care]: How Increasing Health Insurance’s Mental Health Coverage Effects Frequency of Mental Health Related Hospital Visits and Suicide RatesLiberal ArtsEconomicsPaul Thompson
Ojas TendolkarDisplay Block Validation PaperEngineeringElectrical and Computer EngineeringRachael Cate
Austin ThorntonEvidence on the Matter of My Parents; Exhibit BLiberal ArtsCreative WritingJennifer Richter
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