University Writing Awards

We invite UW-Whitewater faculty and instructional academic staff to nominate students for the University-wide awards for outstanding undergraduate student writing. Papers, essays, and other types of written assignments completed by undergraduate students to meet a course requirement will be accepted. Instructors may nominate up to two papers per class section.

Nominations now being accepted for papers from Spring 2016 classes.  The next deadline for submissions will be mid-March 2017. 

Instructors should submit papers electronically using the web form available at   (login required).  Submissions are accepted in the following categories:



Expository Essays

short analytical or persuasive papers

Research Papers

quantitative or qualitative research papers, literature reviews

Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, multi-genre pieces

Journalistic Writing

newspaper articles, television or radio copy, investigative reporting, editorials

Essay Exams

in-class or take-home exams

Scientific or Technical Writing

field reports, lab reports, manuals

Professional Writing

case studies, lesson plans, business plans, grant proposals, resume or vita cover letters

Reviews or Response

book, media, performance or art exhibit reviews

Marketing Communications

ads, press releases, direct-marketing pieces

Freshman Writing

any writing listed above and written by a freshman


includes multiple author projects

For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Hachten, Chair of the University Writing Awards Committee, (262) 472-1713 or


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