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SVSU to give out writing awards

This spring marks the coming of the fourth prestigious writing awards for SVSU students and faculty.

The Braun Awards for Writing Excellence, the Ming Chuan Endowed Multilingual Writing Awards, and the Diane Boehm Award for e-Portfolios are open for student submission, while the Innovative Writing in Teaching Award is open to staff members.

The Braun Awards, named for Ted and Ruth Braun, were started in 1998. They require faculty nomination for entry in both undergraduate and graduate levels, where student writing submissions are judged based on their organization, reader engagement, and overall quality of writing.

The judges for this year’s Braun Awards will be choosing eight winners, with cash prizes being awarded to those whose writing meets their high standards.

The Ming Chaun Endowed Multilingual Writing Awards recognizes outstanding undergraduate writing from those who speak English as a second language.

The Diane Boehm Award for e-Portfolios recognizes classroom portfolios, as well as work application portfolios for their quality of organization, use of multimedia, ease of navigation, and professionalism.

All student writings for these awards must be as recent as the winter 2021 semester, and submissions for these awards end on March 18th, 2022.

Brianna Vanderstent, a senior psychology and criminal justice major, gave her opinion as a writing center tutor on the awards.

“I enjoy academic writing,” she said. “ I think it’s a great opportunity for students who don’t enjoy creative writing as much to share their works.”

Vanderstent also gave word to those who may be hesitant on submitting their works, be it for reasons of anxiety or otherwise.

“Just go for it,” she said. “I know it sounds cliché, but I’ve heard of scholarships that haven’t been awarded because nobody applied to them, you never know what could happen if you just try.”

The fourth award coming up is the Innovative Writing in Teaching Award for staff at SVSU. Students are open and encouraged to nominate staff members, however, staff may also self nominate.

The award aims to recognize staff who use writing in their courses to enhance their students comprehension of the subject in complex and effective ways. The deadline for nomination is March 18, with cash prizes being awarded in April.

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