2020 Writers’ Conference Recipients

17th Annual Undergraduate Writers’ Conference
Conference Director: Professor Amy Meyerson

 

Analytical Category (135 submissions)

First Place

Lucy Allen
“Totally Free: Pleasure and Liberation in The Living End”

Second Place

Megan Ritchie
“Politicizing Scots: An Exploration of the Use of Dialect in Literature”

Honorable Mention

Dara Phung
“Exclusionary Zoning: An Illness of Many Symptoms”

Research Category  (97 submissions)

First Place

Ellen Murray
“Aesthetic Decolonization: Magic Realism and Rewriting Postcolonial Trauma in Briar Grace-Smith’s Purapurawhetū”

Second Place

Mahima Chillakanti, Manushri Desai, Mihir Kumar, and Nika Shroff
“A Holistic Approach to Treating Obstetric Fistulas: Beta-testing ‘RESTORE’ in the Gumla District of Jharkhand, India”

Honorable Mention

Jason Collins
“Becoming Graceful Figures: The Gothic and Moral Epistemology in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel”

Professional Writing/Moral Reasoning Category (83 submissions)

First Place

Catherine Knox
“Implementing Ethics in Transboundary Water Management”

Second Place

Hailey Robertson
“Leveraging Freedom Against Motherhood: A Case Study of U.S v. Summer Thyme Creel and Sterilization as a Sentencing Mitigation Factor”

Honorable Mention

Kurtis Weatherford
“Coming Down from the Mountains: John Major and the Decision to Intervene in Iraq”

Creative Category  (136 submissions)

First Place

Joseph Debaerien
“Bus Stop Poems”

Second Place

Lela Ni
“The Art of the In-Between”

Honorable Mention

Shirin Herzig
“yet here we are (alive)”

Honorable Mention

Ryan Nhu
“Blown: Fragments”

USC Schwarzenegger Institute Special Award (112 submissions)

First Prize

Jacob Lester
“Air Pollution in the United States: Pertinent Trends and Policy Prescriptions”

Second Prize

Alexis Areias
“A Proposal to Eliminate Gerrymandering in Texas”