Rice University

Department of English

Undergraduate Student Prizes

The English Department is proud to give out a number of awards to students each year; please read the descriptions below to learn more about our different prizes. All department awards are given out in April, the R2 awards are announced at the R2 launch party in April, and the Inprint creative writing prize is awarded in January/February. Only currently enrolled Rice undergraduates are eligible for these awards and all award recipients will have to complete a W2 form before they can receive their award check.

All senior award recipients and their families are invited to the English Departments Honors and Awards Reception prior to Rice's Commencement ceremony in May. Please check with our staff for more information about this event.

The Caroline S. and David L. Minter Award for Outstanding Graduating English Major

Created to honor Emeritus English Professor David Minter and his wife Caroline, this award for $1,500 is given out every year to a graduating English major with an extraordinary GPA, and whose transcript demonstrates a breadth of scholarship. 


2009-10

Austin Ellis      
          
 
2010-11
Walter Simons     
        

2011-12
    
Maria Vrcek        
          

2012-13

Lauren Zook         
                     
2013-14
Jay Becton  
 

2014-15

Doha Aboul-Fotouch   
Courtney Krolczyk
   
2015-16
Patricia Wong  
 


Lady Geddes Essay Writing Prize

This is an annual writing competition for the best academic paper by a currently enrolled freshman or sophomore. The award for first place is for $1,000 and the award for second place is for $500. Students applying should email their essay as a pdf to lre1@rice.edu by the 5 pm on March 6, 2017. In order to have the judging be as fair as possible, we ask that student names do not appear anywhere in the essay. Students should include their name and their contact information in the body of the email.  


 2009-10
1st: Neil Vanlandingham     
2nd: Mary Allen          

 
 
2010-11
1st: Matt Vale
2nd: Jay Becton               

 
 
2011-12
1st: Jay Becton
2nd: Susannah Eig          

 
2012-13
1st: Molly Jones
2nd: Doha Aboul-Fotouh

   
2013-14     
1st: Magen Eissenstat
2nd: Zichao Wang

   
 
2014-15  
1st: Reagan Kapp     
2nd: Asena Alay
  
2015-16
1st: Sonja Hamer
2nd: Zhizhen Rao       

Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing

This $5,000 award is given out by Inprint every year to a graduating student who has completed course work in creative writing at Rice University. 


 2013-14
Veronica Kuhn and   
Matt Vale   
2014-15
Sarah Klein     
2015-16       2016-17    
Carrie Le     Sophie Newman     


Minter Summer Scholar Program

These awards are given out every year to students whose research over the summer will benefit their work in English during the following semester.  (See the Minter Summer Scholar Web page for program details and instructions on how to apply.)  

2009-10
Rachel Carlson     
Taylor Hall
Erica Kwee                 

                       

    
2010-11
Christine Pao
Anne Parker
Joelle Zigman                

  

    
2011-12
Morgan Anthony           
Jay Becton
Susannah Eig
Dan-Dan Liu
Aaren Pastor  

 
2012-13
Brooke Bullock
Rucy Cui
Ruby Gee
Matt Vale 

    
2013-14
Maddy Bullard
Isabelle Lelogeais
Molly Jones


 
   
2014-15
Khadijah Erkskine
Brett Hanson

2015-16
Magen Eissenstat
Sophie Newman  

Rice Review Awards

 The Rice Review is a student-run literary journal at Rice University committed to publishing the best prose, poetry, creative nonfiction, and occasionals written by undergraduate students, as well as interviews with renowned authors. The journal was founded in 2004 by creative writing professor and author Justin Cronin. Each year R2 gives out awards to those students whose work merits additional recognition.  

George Williams Prize for Fiction

2015-16
First Place: Sharon Syau
Second Place: Katherine Stewart

2014-15 
First Place: Lisa Huang
Second Place: Eric Staat
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2013-14
First Place: Katelyn Larson
Second Place: Christina Dana   

2012-13
First Place: Trey Ferguson
Second Place: Elle Eccles   

2011-12
First Place: Anna Meriano
Second Place: Kieran Lyons

2010-11
First Place: Tim Williams
Second Place: Anna Meriano   

2009-10
First Place: Cathy Yang
Second Place: Cathy Yang 

George Williams Prize for Poetry

2015-16
First Place: Cyrus Ghaznavi
Second Place: Lisa Huang

2014-15 
First Place: Lenna Mendoza
Second Place: Jeremy Huang 

2012-13
First Place: Veronica Kuhn
Second Place: Doha Aboul-Fotouh   

2012-13
First Place: Courtney Brown
Second Place: Anya Parker   

2011-12
First Place: Ann Parker
Second Place: Brittany Xu

2010-11
First Place: Neil VanLandingham
Second Place: Neil VanLandingham   

2009-10
First Place: Vanessa Johnson
Second Place: Alyssa Ibarra  

George Williams Prize for Creative Nonfiction

2015-16
First Place: Stephanie Alter
Second Place: Lisa Huang

2014-15 
First Place: Emily Rao
Second Place: Elle Eccles 

2013-14
First Place: Marissa Hall
Second Place: Matt Vale   

2012-13
First Place: Sabrina Toppa
Second Place: Marissa Hall   

2011-12
First Place: Jessica Fuquay
Second Place: Jessica Fuquay    

2010-11
First Place: Ross ArlenTieken

2009-10
First Place: Neil Vanlandingham
Second Place: Hajera Blagg