Congratulations to Jewel Evans and Zoe Levin for being this year's recipients of the Dean James E. McLeod First-Year Writing Prize!
The McLeod Writing Prize was created to encourage first-year students to begin engaging in research in the early stages of their undergraduate careers; to understand that scholarship is a creative form of expression that can reach others in real and meaningful ways; and most importantly, by fully participating in the process of research and writing, to see themselves as scholars in the making. Two prizes are awarded each year; one to a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, and one to a student in McKelvey School of Engineering, Olin Business School, or Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
The 2020 recipents of the McLeod Writing Prize are Jewel Evans, from Arts & Sciences, for her essay “Commodifying Diversity: The Danger of Racial Capitalism on Student Growth in Higher Education,” and Zoe Levin, from McKelvey School of Engineering, for her essay "Cool Kids, Camp, and Keeping Calm: Taylor Swift’s Attempt to Address Homophobia."
Honorable mentions include Ronelle Williams, for her essay, “Lives on the Line: The Historical, Present, and Future Implications of Racial Disparities in Health Care” (Arts & Sciences), and Richard Xie, for his essay, “Campus Diversity: Chinese International Students and American Exceptionalism” (Olin Business School). Other students recognized as semi-finalists include Lexy Courneya, Ben Hirsch, Gabriela Martinez, Haley Rhodes, Sarah Rider, Alex Rubin, Tara Samson-Williams, Laura Wang, and Jamie Xu.