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Undergraduate Writing Symposium: Advanced Research Writing Submissions and Self-Nominations

The Undergraduate Writing Symposium provides an opportunity for Vanderbilt to celebrate the achievements of its undergraduate students.

Call for Self-Nominations and Submissions

In Spring 2021, the Undergraduate Writing Symposium will be held virtually over Zoom and as two separate events.

The first event, Undergraduate Writing Symposium: Creative Writing Showcase, will be held on Friday, April 9.

The second event, Undergraduate Writing Symposium: Academic Writing Showcase, will feature the exceptional work of first-year authors as well as the research writing of more advanced undergraduate authors. This second event will take place Thursday, April 15.

To nominate your writing or to submit a piece nominated by an instructor, please fill out the Advanced Research Submission Form.

Advanced Research Writing Submissions

All undergraduates working on advanced research projects are welcome to apply. Honors thesesindependent research projects, and other advanced work including Immersion projects and pieces submitted or being prepared for publication will all be considered and may be completed or still in progress during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Submission / Self-Nomination Process

Please be aware that our submission / self-nomination process will ask for three short pieces of writing to accompany the project to be considered for inclusion:

  1. A 250-word abstract of the advanced project
  2. A brief description of the writing project (to be used in the online symposium program)
  3. A short reflection addressing the current state of the project, progress expected before the event, and what the author has learned about their topic and/or writing process thus far and how they see the project as fitting into their undergraduate education and experience.

Following our review process, select authors will be invited to join our Advanced Research section to discuss their work and writing process alongside other participants.

Advanced writing projects completed or currently in-progress are welcome to compete for inclusion in the event.

To nominate your writing or to submit a piece nominated by an instructor, please fill out the Advanced Research Submission Form.

Advance Project Submission Guidelines

Abstract Word Limit

Please note that there is a 250 word limit for advanced research abstracts submitted for consideration.

Formatting

Submission files should be Word Documents (.docx preferred). Please include your name in the file name, while removing all identifying marks (name, class, professor, etc) from the document and the header.

Digital Compositions Welcome

The submission form includes instructions for submitting writing project with multimedia components. (If removing identifiers from such projects proves difficult or impossible, we understand and will adapt our review process accordingly.)

Two Entries per Student Maximum

Each student may submit up to two of their own projects (across all UWS submission categories), which includes both faculty-nominated and self-nominated pieces.

To nominate your writing or to submit a piece nominated by an instructor, please fill out the Advanced Research Submission Form.

Critical Deadlines and Dates (Spring 2021)

  • Friday, January 29: Deadline for Faculty Nominations
  • Friday, February 5: Deadline for Submissions (applies to faculty- and self-nominated works)
  • Friday, April 9: Creative Writing Showcase*
  • Thursday, April 15: First-Year and Senior Research Showcase*

(*Please note that you must be available to present in person in order to participate.)

Questions or technical issues?

Please contact Beth Estes, Academic Support Coordinator.