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FWIS Student Prize Winners

Academic Year 2016-2017

The Program in Writing and Communication grants prizes to FWIS students with the most outstanding expository and analytical essays and oral presentations each academic year. Congratulations to our winners!

Carly Frieders, First Place, Best Expository and Analytical Essay

"Modernism and Musicals in the 1920s" read essay
FWIS 192: The Roaring Twenties

Carly Frieders is originally from Sahuarita, Arizona, and now resides at Brown College. She fell in love with Broadway musical theater after her brother started performing in local productions. Though she has studied musical theater history before, she was excited to apply the new framework of modernism that she learned about in her Roaring Twenties seminar and demonstrate through her research that popular entertainment can engage with literary or “highbrow” movements.


Noah Kenner, Second Place, Best Expository and Analytical Essay

"Transformation of Gender Roles within the Bluebeard Narrative" read essay
FWIS 197: Deja Vu: Literary Adaptations

Noah Kenner is a native Houstonian and a member of Martel College. In researching the evolution of the Bluebeard narrative, Noah learned that the thematic purpose behind a literary adaptation is communicated via deviations from its source material. Through an extensive peer editing process facilitated by his FWIS professor, Noah also gained a greater appreciation for the skill of crafting sentences that are as clear and direct as possible.


Alex Li, Third Place, Best Expository and Analytical Essay

"The Intricate Voice of the Silent Statue" read essay
FWIS 131: Ruins, Landmarks, Monuments

Alex Li, a resident of Brown College, originates from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During an especially trying time for diversity in the U.S., he wanted to explore America’s most recognizable monument for hopeful immigrants. Alex discovered that, throughout its history, the Statue of Liberty had projected a jumble of conflicting voices he hadn’t anticipated.


Bharathi Selvan, First Place, Best Oral Presentation

Successful Adaptations view presentation
FWIS 197: Deja Vu: Literary Adaptations

Bharathi Selvan is originally from Houston. Nonetheless, when asked where she is from, her first instinct is to say "Hanszen College." Creating this presentation on “Successful Adaptations,” to her, was mostly a lesson on the value of starting any major project early. This leaves ample time to practice with various audiences, get feedback and keep improving.


Bilal Rehman, Second Place, Best Oral Presentation

Science Behind the Language of Prayers view presentation
FWIS 171: Word Magic

Bilal Rehman is a Duncan College sophomore from Dallas, Texas. In his presentation, he examines the science of two types of prayer outside of the dominant Western Christian paradigm — specifically, he examines the effect of the Pentecostal practice of glossolalia (speaking in tongues) and Islamic salat on the brain.


Latané Bullock, Third Place, Best Oral Presentation

Rebalancing Bicycles for Houston B-Cycle view presentation
FWIS 188: Introduction to Engineering Design and Communication

Latané Bullock is a second-year student at Lovett College. He’s studying Computer Science and Linguistics, subjects that began to interest him while he was an au pair during his gap year before starting at Rice. His oral presentation was the culmination of a semester-long real-world project in which his team solved a transportation problem proposed by Houston BCycle, the local bicycle ride-share program in Houston. They used algorithmic and probabilistic methods to help BCycle field technicians maintain proper distribution of bikes across Houston.