KU News Release


Sept. 23, 2011
Contact: Jill Jess, KU News Service, 785-864-8858

Four students awarded 2010-11 Chancellor's Writing Prize

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LAWRENCE — For a third year, KU students will be awarded cash prizes for excellence in academic writing. The prize acknowledges the importance of consultation from faculty and the KU Writing Center and promotes writing across KU’s curriculum.

Two graduate and two undergraduate students were selected by a faculty-staff committee to receive awards of $500 each based on writing projects they worked on with their KU instructors and KU Writing Center consultants. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will present the awards at a private ceremony Oct. 14.

Graduate student winners:

Bovid Atouta of the Republic of Congo is a master’s student in the Higher Education Administration program. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Marien Ngouabi University and came to KU on a Fulbright Scholarship. Bovid was nominated for the Prize by KU Writing Center graduate writing consultant Aric Toler, and his faculty mentor is Susan Twombly, Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, KU School of Education.

Leslie Aying Chang of Lawrence is a second-year M.A. student in the Kress Foundation Department of Art History. Raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Leslie completed a double major in art history and Italian literature at KU and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Leslie was nominated by KU Writing Center graduate writing consultant Annie Kroshus, and her faculty mentor is David Cateforis, Professor, Department of Art History.

Undergraduate student winners:

Kelci Ankerholz of Topeka is a senior majoring in political science and global and international studies. She plans an internship in Washington, D.C., in spring 2012 and expects to pursue a master’s degree in international relations or public diplomacy. She was nominated by KU Writing Center undergraduate writing consultant Philip Barone.

Braidyn Leigh Morin of Lawrence is a sophomore majoring in psychology. Originally from Wellsville, she is particularly interested in social psychology and wants to continue her studies at the graduate level and pursue a career in business. Braidyn was nominated by KU Writing Center Assistant Director Martha Jerrim, and her faculty mentor is Nathan Barbarick, Lecturer, Department of English.

The Chancellor’s Writing Prize was established in 2007 by Robert Hemenway to honor students who have collaborated with faculty members and KU Writing Center consultants to improve their writing abilities and produce outstanding original work. 2010-2011 Award Committee members were Jennifer Church-Duran, Assistant Dean of Libraries; Tammara Durham, Interim Vice-Provost for Student Success; James Hartman, Professor of English; Noel Rasor, Assistant Director, Public Management Center, Topeka; Terese Thonus, Director, KU Writing Center; and Phoebe Williams, Associate Professor of Nursing, KU Medical Center.


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