AIQS Student Essay Awards

The Writing Program’s AIQS Student Essay Awards recognize exemplary student writing produced in Academic Inquiry seminars. These awards recognize the diverse and dynamic range of student-writers at CWRU and celebrate the writing community that supports them.

Awards will be given each semester in three writing categories:

  • Analytical Writing: This award recognizes exceptional analyses of a text, image, theme, idea, or event. The essay should deeply explore its topic and present an insightful, well-supported argument.
  • Narrative or Creative Writing: This award recognizes exceptional examples of imaginative writing in a variety of genres. Examples may include (but are not limited to): short stories, personal reflections or memoirs, poems, speeches, songs, plays and screenplays.
  • Multimodal Writing: This award recognizes exceptional writing projects combining two or more modes of communication, such as written, oral, audio, visual, and non-verbal. Examples of such projects may include (but are not limited to): comics and graphic novels, original song compositions, dance performances, websites and digital design, podcasts, and presentations. 

Both faculty and students can nominate writing projects for the award. Nominations will explain how the submission reflects AIQS goals, including: participation in academic inquiry, critical thinking and ethical deliberation, use of academic sources and concepts, and attention to audience, context, and purpose. Selected winners will receive a cash prize and mentoring to assist with presentation and publication of their work.

Nominations will be collected at the end of each semester for review by the Writing Program in the following semester. For more information, please email