High-performing students in the Senior Seminar & Research Workshop, or writing independent theses, are eligible to apply for University Distinction in Research and Creative Works. Each year, this award acknowledges a select number of seniors whose exceptional work in the major goes “above and beyond” expectation. In addition to meeting the GPA criteria of 3.8 or above in English, students who apply for Distinction should submit research or creative work that meets some of the following criteria.
For critical projects: conceptual sophistication, subtle textual analysis, sustained argument, depth and breadth of primary and secondary sources, innovative understanding of research (creative/critical hybrid), stylistic appeal.
For creative projects: significant literary ambition, including mastery of craft, style, technique, or depth of engagement with other literary traditions and forms.
Applications for Distinction will be judged by a departmental committee. To apply for Distinction, students must submit the department’s application, along with a one-page letter of self-nomination summarizing their senior project and explaining why Distinction should be considered. Applications are available in the English Department office, Herring Hall 225, and are due in the department on or before May 1st by 5:00 p.m. If awarded, Distinction will be noted on the student's transcript, and on commencement materials in May.