Write & Cite Award

This award recognizes three English 102/108 students and their instructors for best use of library research in any assignment requiring secondary sources. For many students, assignments requiring secondary sources may be the first time they engage with the library and university-level research.

The award allows the University Libraries and the Writing Program to recognize excellent effort put forth by students as they conduct scholarly research, analysis, and writing.

Each student wins a cash prize and both the student and instructor will be recognized.

1st place = $500

2nd place = $300

3rd place = $200


  • Information about the award is shared with Writing Program instructors to pass along to their students. Instructors choose how to market the opportunity to their classes.
  • Nominations are open to any student enrolled in English 102/108 during the Spring 2017 semester. 
  • Instructors may nominate one student per section. Email Nicole Pagowsky with the names and email addresses of your nominees by Friday, April 7.
  • The award committee contacts students who have been nominated. If a student agrees to be considered, they submit a copy of their research paper by Wednesday, April 12.

Selection & announcement of winners

The award committee is made up of volunteers from the University Libraries and the Writing Program.

  1. Submitted packets get divided up. Each packet is assigned 2 readers who assign a score by Monday, April 24.
  2. From a pool of the top ten scores, a first-, second-, and third-place winner will be determined by further review by at least three committee members.
  3. Award winners and their instructors are personally notified of the award by Friday, April 28.

Contact Nicole Pagowsky with any questions.

Evaluation criteria

Each packet will be evaluated and scored based on the following rubric. A score of 1-5 (1 lowest, 5 highest) will be assigned for each criteria.

  1. The essay has a researchable topic that is neither too broad nor too narrow.
  2. The essay uses at least 4 highly relevant library sources which clearly support the topic.
  3. Library sources are carefully analyzed and synthesized into a coherent paper that consistently draws on them to illustrate and support claims.
  4. Sources are integrated using an effective combination of summaries, paraphrases, and quotations.
  5. All library sources used in the essay are appropriately cited according to the assigned documentation system within the body of the text and are tied to an entry on the bibliography, works cited, or references page at the end of the paper.
  6. It is clear from the use of each source in the essay why sources were selected and how they relate to the essay topic.