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Undergraduate Writing Symposium: Faculty Nominations

The Undergraduate Writing Symposium provides an opportunity for departments and faculty to showcase exemplary writing–academic, creative, and even digital–and gives us all an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our undergraduate students.

To be eligible, student’s pieces must have been produced during the 2019 calendar year. Faculty may submit up to five nominations. Scroll below the nominations form for additional guidelines and information.

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

While web form submissions are preferred, you may also send a brief nomination email to (please include “Symposium Nomination” in the subject line).

Guidelines for Nominators

We welcome nomination of argumentative essays, research reports, creative pieces (fiction, poetry, etc.) and other writing projects, including digital compositions, to be considered for inclusion in the event. To be eligible, pieces must have been written during the 2019 calendar year.

Each faculty member may complete as many as five nominations.

First-Year Nominations / Submissions

All first-year students whose writing is nominated will be encouraged to enter the Morgan Award for First-Year Writers competition and are automatically considered for inclusion in the symposium as well as in Scaffold: A Showcase of Vanderbilt First-Year Writing, a digital collection begun in Spring 2019 as an extension of the symposium.

The Process Following Your Nomination

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.