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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 that can be read aloud. We also encourage multimodal compositions that showcase Vanderbilt students producing pieces that stretch how we define “writing” in our digital age. Any piece completed during the 2018 calendar year is welcome to compete for inclusion in the event.

New for First-Year Submissions in Spring 2019: 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.

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 11, 2019.

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 2019 Undergraduate Writing Symposium will be held Sunday, March 31, in the John Siegenthaler Center (1207 18th Ave. South). It will conclude with a reception and first-year writing awards ceremony.

Click here to learn more about the event and the review process for all nominations.

Nomination Form