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Undergraduate Writing Symposium: Faculty Nominations

The Undergraduate Writing Symposium provides an opportunity for departments and faculty to showcase exemplary work completed in their courses and gives us all an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our undergraduate students.

We welcome nomination of argumentative essays, research reports, creative pieces (fiction, poetry, etc.) and other writing projects to be considered for inclusion in the event. In addition to finalists being invited to present their work as part of a panel, beginning this year, all first-year submissions will be competing for inclusion in Scaffold: A Showcase of Vanderbilt First-Year Writing, a digital collection begun in Spring 2019 as an extension of the symposium. We also continue to welcome nominations of multimodal compositions for this year’s symposium that showcase Vanderbilt students redefining “writing” in our digital age.

Any piece completed during the 2019 calendar year is welcome to compete for inclusion in the event.

To nominate a student for the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Writing Symposium, please fill out the form below. Each faculty member may complete as many as five nominations. The nomination deadline is Friday, January 10, 2020.

Scroll down below the nominations form for additional information. Or you can learn more about the event and the review process for all nominations on our main Undergraduate Writing Symposium page.

Nomination Form (Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2020)

Additional Information for Faculty Nominators

Once you submit your nominations, you will be copied on the email inviting your students to submit their writing and compete for inclusion in the Symposium. We invite you to follow up with the students that you have nominated to encourage their participation.

We also encourage you to join us for the symposium itself! The 2020 Undergraduate Writing Symposium will be held Friday, March 27, in the John Siegenthaler Center (1207 18th Ave. South). It will conclude with a reception and first-year writing awards ceremony.

First-Year Submissions in Spring 2020

This year all first-year submissions to the symposium will be competing for inclusion in a digital first-year showcase to be featured at the symposium. Following our review process, the authors of the highest scoring submissions will be invited to prepare their pieces for digital publication and to submit a short video of themselves reflecting on the writing of the piece and what they learned to be published alongside it. All pieces included in the digital showcase will also be eligible for prizes in several categories, which will be announced during an awards ceremony at the symposium’s conclusion.