To encourage and reward good writing in all disciplines, the University of Puget Sound awards Writing Excellence prizes on an annual basis, depending upon available funding.

Typically, a total of nine prizes ($250.00 each) are awarded:

  • Two prizes in each category: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • One prize each for First-Year Seminars, Connections, and Graduate Programs

For more information, please visit University of Puget Sound - Writing Excellence Awards.

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Connections

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The Affliction of Mercy Short: Psychological Explanations for her Actions and Theological Interpretations of the Episodes, Megan Burgmuller

First Year Seminar

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Sex, God, and Logic: The Power of John Humphrey Noyes' Defense of Bible Communism, Jack Corrigan

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Arachnophilia, Renee Meschi

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Anicia Juliana: The Rightful Ruler And Her Controversial Construction, Louisa Raitt

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Restoring the Balance: Women as Gardians of Moral Boundaries in Herodotus' Histories, Arianna Scott-Zechlin

Graduate

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Standard 5.2D, Abby McElligott

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I’m African . . . Not African American, Olive Oyango

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Socio-Cultural Awareness Project, Reflection Paper, Anna Riggs

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"I'm not a pony and I'm not a dog, I'm a dancer:" An interview with a Stripper, Leanne Schaafsma

Humanities

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Between A Rock and A Hard Place: Marriage Implications for Women in the Reformation, Kelli Conley

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Explaining the Red Guard Movement During the Cultural Revolution, Andrew Fox

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Fair Welcome and the Temple of Priapus: Speakers and Readers as Autoeroticists and Voyeurs in The Romance of the Rose and Chaicer's The Parlaiment of Fowls, Ian Greenfield

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The Author and the Magi: Magic in the Ancient Novel and its Implications for Readership, Ian Greenfield

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On the Dangers of Over-Inferring, Kevin Halasz

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From Nothing to Nothing: Merton's Modern Mysticism, Jeff Merrion

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Standardized Testing in American Public Schools, Isaac Olson

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Jihad and Just War: A Comparative Analysis, Nico Romerijn-Stout

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Does behavioral flexability and tolorance to disturbance explain why eastern grey squirrels and eastern fox squirrels have succeded in invading urban areas?, Brittany Balbag

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Forward Genetics: Histidine Auxotrophs in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Mei-Lani Bixby

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The effects of environmental disturbance during the developmental stages of Painted Lady Butterflies (Vanessa cardui), Liza Holtz

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Stable isotope ecology of the endangered Grevy's zebra (Equus Grevyi) in Laikipia, Kenya, Lydia Kleine

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Orchid Fragrance Complexity as a Mechanism for Euglossine Bee Pollinator Specialization, Lucille Moore

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The effect of hunger level on the choice between feeding and courtship opportunities in male guppies (Poecilia reticulata), Alisa Wallace

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Global Gene Expression Analysis of the Reversed Gravitropic Response of the lazy-2 Mutation in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), Talitha Wilson

Social Sciences

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Reframing the Reality of African American Women at Risk for HIV/AIDS Using an Ecological Model, Sara Adkins

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A Landlocked Bolivia: Disputes between Bolivia, Peru and Chile, Ben Armstrong

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Out of Place: Gangs Delinquency, and Identity Formation in Los Angeles and Central America, Katherine Buckley

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Risk Factors for Youth Anxiety: The Role of Parenting Behaviors, Andrew Fox

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Choices in an Interdependent Economic Environment: Inequity Averson and Bargaining Games, Andrew Galbraith

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China’s Confucian Makeover, Rachael Gary

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Corruption and Consequences: Illegal Logging in Southeast Asia, Mike Knape

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Unipolarity and Its Benefits, Peter Russell

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The Seductive Orchid, Ardea Smith