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Academic Achievement Award for English

The English Department honors a graduating student who has demonstrated consistent excellence in English studies. The department bases its selection on superior scholastic achievement, faculty recommendations, and special contributions to the English program.

Nominated students will be asked by a faculty member to submit a short statement of purpose.

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Peter Bassett Barlow Prize

This $150 award is given to the best paper submitted by a student enrolled in the English MA Program at IUPUI. It honors the memory of a man who served the community as a physician and whose passionate humanism and great intellect bore witness to the lifelong value of a liberal education.

Submissions must have been written for course work in the English MA program. Students may submit up to two papers for this award. Students may revise and edit their work before submitting it.

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Joan and Larry Cimino Award for Excellence in Intercultural Communication

This award is for the best paper or thesis on intercultural communication submitted by a student enrolled in a graduate course in a degree program offered through one of the departments in the IU School of Liberal Arts.

Understanding between and among disparate cultures has challenged humankind throughout history; intercultural communication, is a key element in achieving that understanding. The award is based on a belief that a disciplined approach to the study of intercultural communication can provide valuable insights toward achieving understanding among cultures. The study of intercultural communication is broadly defined to include research in areas such as language corpora, contrastive rhetoric, second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, language and communication theory, as well as other related fields.

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Frank N & Patricia Owings Scholarship in English

This award will be given to undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of English at the School of Liberal Arts. Recipients must be majoring in one of the following concentrations: creative writing, literature, English studies, or writing and literacy. Preference will be given to students who are juniors, in good academic standing and are Indiana residents.

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Collaborative Writing Award

This award is for an outstanding collaborative writing project originating in an English department writing and literacy class.
Projects submitted for this award should have been co-written by at least two authors, with the work equally shared among the participants.

Courses qualifying for this award include the following: Eng. W210, W230, W231, W262, W270, W310, W313, W315, W318, W320, W331, W366, W377, W390, W400, W412, W426, and W496.

Award amount to be determined.

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Creative Nonfiction Writing Award

This award of $100 is presented to an IUPUI undergraduate student demonstrating excellence in a creative nonfiction piece.

You may submit up to two essays. Work entered in this contest should come from true, real-life experiences or situations and may not also be entered in the Essay Award, the Eric Sharp Gateway Fiction Award, the Rebecca Pitts Fiction Award, or the Mary Louise Rea Short Story Award. Works written in W207, W301, and W401 may not be submitted for this award.

Do not put your name on any submitted manuscript.

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Eric Sharp Gateway Fiction Award

This award of $400 is for the best short story written in W206: Introduction to Creative Writing or W207: Introduction to Fiction Writing from the past year (last spring, summer, or fall semester). This award is given in memory of Eric Sharp, a former IUPUI student.

For the Gateway Fiction Award, students may submit one story. Students may revise and edit their work before submitting it. Works submitted for the Gateway Fiction Award should not derive from the author’s real-life experiences and cannot also be submitted for the Creative Nonfiction Award.

Do not put your name on any submitted manuscript.

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Eric Sharp Gateway Poetry Award

This award will be given to the student with the best poem written in an introductory-level creative writing course. This award is given in memory of Eric Sharp, a former IUPUI student.

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Essay Award in English

This award of $50 is presented to an IUPUI undergraduate student for an outstanding critical, analytical, or expository essay originating in an English department writing and literacy class. Essays submitted for this award should involve inquiry and can be on any topic. Courses qualifying for this award include the following: Eng. W210, W230, W231, W262, W270, W310, W313, W315, W318, W320, W331, W366, W377, W390, W400, W411, W412, W426, and W496. Writing from W131 and W140 should be submitted to the Hal Tobin Award.

Students may submit up to two separate pieces.

Note: If your work focuses on topics in Writing and Literacy, please submit it to the Writing and Literacy Award instead of this award. Work entered in this contest may not also be entered in the Creative Nonfiction Writing Award contest. This contest does not focus on “creative nonfiction” in the same sense.

Do not put your name on any submitted manuscript.

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Bonnie Lehenbauer Scholarship

This award will be used for the general support for the Film Studies Program within the Department of English at IUPUI.

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Marianne Hedges Award for Excellence in Poetry

This $150 award is for an outstanding poem by an undergraduate or graduate female student. Any woman who has enrolled in an IUPUI creative writing class last year may apply.

The award is given in memory of Marianne Hedges, a former IUPUI student and a fine poet.

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Sarah Jamison Keller Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an English language or literature major of junior status with senior status in the upcoming fall.

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Rebecca Pitts Fiction Award

This award of $250 is given to the best short story written by any student who has been enrolled in a creative writing course in the last 18 months and who is currently an undergraduate student at IUPUI. This award is given in honor of Rebecca Pitts and made possible by Pauline Bonderman.

Please submit only one short story. Works submitted for the Pitts Fiction Award should not derive from the author’s real-world experiences and may not also be submitted for the Creative Nonfiction awards.

Do not put your name on any submitted manuscript.

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Rebecca Pitts Poetry Award

This award of $250 is given to the best poem written by any student who has been enrolled in a creative writing course in the last 18 months and who is currently an undergraduate student at IUPUI. This award is given in honor of Rebecca Pitts and made possible by Pauline Bonderman.

Please submit only one poem.

Do not put your name on any submitted manuscript.

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Mary Louise Rea Short Story Award

This award of $400 is given to the best short story written by any student who has been enrolled in a creative writing course in the last 18 months and who is currently an undergraduate student at IUPUI. This award is made possible by a gift from the late Mary Louise Rea, Professor Emerita of English.

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Hal Tobin First-Year Writing Award

This award is presented annually to the undergraduate student who submits the best essay written in either W131 Elementary Composition I or W140 Elementary Composition I-Honors. Students may revise and edit their work before submitting it.

Students may submit up to 2 essays.

Do not put your name on any submitted manuscript.

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English for Academic Purposes W130 Award

This award of $100 is presented to an IUPUI undergraduate student for an outstanding essay originating in an English for Academic Purposes W130 class in the past 12 months.

Students who have not been enrolled in an EAP section of W130 in the last year are not eligible.

Students may submit only 1 essay.

Do not put your name on any submitted manuscript.

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English for Academic Purposes W131 Award

This award of $100 is presented to an IUPUI undergraduate student for an outstanding essay originating in an English for Academic Purposes W131 class in the past 12 months.

Students who have not been enrolled in an EAP section of W131 in the last year are not eligible. 

Students may submit only 1 essay.

Do not put your name on any submitted manuscript.

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Writing & Literacy Project Award

This award of $100 is presented to an IUPUI undergraduate student for an outstanding project composed in a writing and literacy course that focuses on a topic or issue in the field(s) of composition/writing studies/rhetoric/literacy studies. Such projects may include any of the following:

• research into writing practices;
• critical reflections on writing processes;
• explorations of literacy; • theory or theory-informed practice on the learning and teaching of writing;
• analytical discussion of or research on any concept from the field(s) of composition/rhetoric/writing studies/literacy studies.

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Barbara E. and Karl R. Zimmer Graduate Scholarship in English

This scholarship is to support graduate students enrolled in the Department of English graduate program with an applied linguistics or TESOL concentration in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Recipients will have a record of academic excellence as demonstrated by high GPA and/or other appropriate documentation as determined by the selection committee. Preference will be given to graduate students in English applied linguistics affiliated with the International Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC) at IUPUI. If there are no eligible students in a given year, other outstanding graduate students in the Department may be considered.

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