FWIS Student Prize Winners

Academic Year 2020-2021

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!

Madison Blundell

Madison Blundell, First Place, Best Oral Presentation

“Code Beyond the Binary: Transgender Narratives in 'The Matrix'.” view presentation

FWIS 189: Post- Apocalyptic Lit and Film

Maddy Blundell is an anthropology major originally from the small town Gonzales, Texas. They are currently a remote member of the McMurtry residential college, and through this presentation, they discovered some of the vast complexities underlying popular science fiction and the suprising ways in which social media can be used to provide a voice for minorities and oppressed groups.

English As A Global Language

Shonik Ganjoo, Second Place, Best Oral Presentation

"Foreign Perspectives on Racism in Discrimination in the United States" view presentation

FWIS 147: America Through Foreign Eyes

Shonik Ganjoo is a sophomore at Lovett College orginally from Housotn, Texas. He is majoring in BioSciences and minoring in Anthropology. In his presentation, Shonk explored some of the notable foreign perspectives on racism and discrimiantion in the United States. By tracing the contemporary social justice issues in America are contexualized on a global stage. He learned more about how global perspectives can be used to shape agendas for pushing racial justice. Shonik hopes to apply his broadened worldview in the medical field to ultimately provide equitable healthcare.

Sierra Chen, Divyam Bansal, and Emily Madaras, Third Place, Best Oral Presentation

FWIS 100, Laura Richardson, Section 009 TTh 10:50-12:05 Section 012: TTh 2:30-3:45 Section 013: TTh 4:00-4:15

"Pulmonary Vascular Endothelialitis, Thrombosis, and Angiogenesis in Covid-19.” view presentation

FWIS 115: Exploring Biological Research Challenges

Divyam, originally from Pearland, Texas is currently a sophomore at Martel College. Sierra is a sophomore from Will Rice who grew up near Minneapolis, MN, and Emily is a student at Will Rice college from Houston, Texas. Through this project, this team was able to learn more about novel coronavirus and how it affects its patients, as well as how to break down a complex, technical scientific article into a presenation that could be easily understood by most people.

Katherine Chui, First Place, Best Expository and Analytical Essay

FWIS 100, Elizabeth Cummins Munoz, Section 006: MWF 1:00-1:50

"The Generational Ripple of Atomic Bomb Trauma Through Art.” read essay

FWIS 195: Art and War

Katherine Chui is a math and CS major at Jones College from San Francisco, California. In writing this essay, Katherine was able to gain experience researching and analyzing topics through art. As someone who had done visual art throughout her life, this familiar lens allowed her to gain a deeper insight into the individual effects of the atomic bombings that went beyond the statistics often studied in class.

Aasha Zinke, Second Place, Best Expository and Analytical Essay

“Isotope on Trial: Polonium-210 and Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko.” read essay

FWIS 108 : Poisons

Aasha Zinke is a sophomore at Jones College from Nashville, Tennessee. Her research paper discusses the anthropological indications of modern poisoning methods as a tool for political manipulation. The paper was inspired by her FWIS professor's continued emphasis that poison has no concrete definition; rather it is a fluid concept that wields immense power over its audience. Through her research and analysis of the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and polonium-210, she shows exactly how the concept of poison, rather the physical manifestation, remains an incredibly powerful tool to this day.

Christelle Bonzil, Third Place, Best Expository and Analytical Essay

“Linguistic Gentrification of AAVE from Black Twitter.” read essay

FWIS 176 : Writing about Social Media

Christelle Bonzil, originally from Orlando, Florida, is a sophomore from Lovett College and a member of the Rice Women's Track and Field Team. As an avid user of social media, FWIS 176 "Writing with and about Social Media" piqued her interest. Throughout the course, Christelle loved discussing Social Media's impact on relationships, identity, and activism. With the help of Dr. Campbell, and the reading throughout the semester, she decided to to research linguistic gentrification of AAVE, a dialect she uses daily, on social media and how it contributes to internet culture while simultanesously erasing the Blackness that founded AAVE. Christelle learned the importance of social media and how powerful of a tool it is , as well as how effectively do research.


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