First Seminar Essay Prize

The SAGES First Seminar Essay Awards highlight the best student writing produced in SAGES First Seminars each fall. The essays recognized here were selected from those nominated by SAGES faculty for this award in academic year 2019-2020. Student essayists receive a cash award and are recognized at the Spring Writing Program Awards.

Prior years’ First Seminar Essay Prize essays are archived on the Writing Program Canvas site, email for access.

2019-2020 FSEM Prize Winners

In these essays, readers will notice the creative ways in which the authors choose to incorporate their evidence, analysis, and insights. Students looking to learn how to enhance their essays with anecdotes and reflections and support their analyses coherently will benefit from reading these engaging pieces of work.