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FWIS Student Prize Winners

Academic Year 2018-2019

In order to recognize student achievement and to motivate students to improve their communications skills, the Program in Writing and Communcation offers awards with cash prizes for the most outstanding expository and analytical essays and oral presentations each academic year. Congratulations to our winners!



Ishaan Rischie, First Place, Best Expository and Analytical Essay

“Burnout Syndrome in Caregivers of Children with Cerebral Palsy” read essay
FWIS 153: Left Out: The Intersection Between Disability and Dociety

Ishaan Rischie is a sophomore from Jones College and is originally from the suburbs around Atlanta, GA. In his FWIS, Ishaan felt drawn to stories of families affected by severe disabilities. Learning about the challenges and lived experiences faced by caregivers inspired him to explore how caring for children with cerebral palsy impacts parental psychosocial health. Ishaan proposes that improved systems of support and caring techniques must be developed for caregivers of children with disabilities in order to alleviate caregiver burnout and psychiatric morbidity.


Piper Harris, Second Place, Best Expository and Analytical Essay

“The Makings of a Monster: Identity and the Zombie Narrative in Tristan Alice Nieto’s ‘Imago'" read essay
FWIS 127: Feminist Fabulations: SF by Women

Piper Harris is originally from Katy, Texas, but is now a proud member of Hanszen College. Having been involved with the entertainment industry from a young age, she grew up fascinated by the classic monsters of our society and media. This interest inspired her to explore the complex history behind one of the world's most well-known monsters, the zombie. Her research specifically focused on representations of identity and "otherness" within the zombie narrative and related these subjects to the subversions of such tropes within Tristin Nieto's short story "Imago.”


Sarah Swackhamer, Second Place, Best Expository and Analytical Essay

"‘I Abject!’: Reclaiming Visions of the Posthumanized Monster in Nieto’s “Imago'" read essay
FWIS 127: Feminist Fabulations: SF by Women

Sarah is a sophomore at McMurtry College originally from Houston, Texas. Investigating female identity through the lens of science fiction, Sarah focused on representations of the "monster" figure and learned about the complex ways in which the monstrous and feminine are connected. She then began to unpack the ways in which contemporary narratives may reclaim the monstrosity and horror of gendered identity in order to reclaim female agency and power. 


Alissa Kono, First Place, Best Oral Presentation

Challenging Expectations view presentation
FWIS 167: Networks

Alissa Kono is a sophomore at Wiess College and grew up in Houston, Texas. Her project focused on the stigmas and cultural perspectives attached to body modification and connected her own personal upbringing to biases towards tattoos and piercings. By exploring tattoo parlours in the Montrose neighborhood, she analyzed the intricate system of social networks in the community and transformed her own mindset and opinions. 


Erin Liu, Second Place, Best Oral Presentation

How Is the Language of Aliens Constructed: An Analysis of the Klingon Language from Star Trek view presentation
FWIS 174: Invented Languages

Erin Liu is a Sid Richardson Sophomore from Chongqing, China. Starting from her childhood, Erin has been fascinated by language study. She has wondered a lot about how languages are constructed, how they are related to culture, and how they express similar meanings in startlingly different ways. Throughout her study of Klingon, one of the most popular constructed languages, in the FWIS class, she has learned that a good constructed language can utilize phonetics, morphology, or even semantics to represent certain culture or traits of its speakers. Her presentation thus illustrates how the Klingon language manages to portray the Klingon people as a group of alien warriors. 


Lily Wieland, Third Place, Best Oral Presentation

Physician Assisted Suicide: The Intersection of Age and Disability on Attitudes toward Euthanasia view presentation
FWIS 153: Left Out: The Intersection Between Disability and Dociety

Lily Wieland is a sophomore in Brown College from Arlington, Virginia. Through her research on physician-assisted suicide in relation to vulnerable populations, she has learned the importance of seeking out neglected perspectives and providing opportunities to share those perspectives.