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.
|Award||Who can apply and how?|
|Minter Essay||English majors may apply in the spring of their junior or senior year|
|Lady Geddes Essay||English majors may apply in the spring of their freshman or sophomore year|
English majors and students with may apply, typically in the spring semester of their junior year
English majors who have completed English 200 and 300 by the time the scholarship begins are eligible to apply. Occasionally, non-majors with substantial course work in English (including 200 and 300) may receive awards. Ideally applicants will be juniors and will complete their proposed research during the summer before their senior year.
|Minter Outstanding Graduating Senior||This award is given to a graduating English major selected by a committee of English faculty|
This prize is awarded for a paper of ten or more pages written for an English course by a current junior or senior English major.
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.
These awards are given out every year to students whose research over the summer will benefit their work in English during the following semester.
Created to honor Emeritus English Professor David Minter and his wife Caroline, this award for $2,000 is given out every year to a graduating English major with an extraordinary GPA and whose transcript demonstrates a breadth of scholarship.
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.
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.
This national prize sponsored by the Academy of American Poets recognizes the best poem written by an undergraduate student at Rice University. The English Department matches the prize money from the academy.