The start of April means it’s time to announce the winners of our Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition. Before we reveal the names of our champion essayists, here’s a little background on the Libraries’ long-standing contest: An endowment from WU alum Carl Neureuther (class of 1940) provides the funds for the annual competition, which is now in its 29th year. Neureuther hoped the event would inspire students to assemble personal libraries and to read for pleasure. The competition offers four cash awards: $1,000 and $500 at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Each participant must be a full-time WU student and submit a brief essay about the titles in his or her book collection.
And the winners are… Claire Class, a Ph.D. candidate in English, won first place in the graduate category for “Baseless: Reassessing My Past Through Feminist Utopias.” Alexander Eastman, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish, took second place in the graduate category for “Race and Book Collecting in Colombia on the Eve of Digitization.”
English major Michael Henderson won first place in the undergraduate category for “Anachronisms.” The award for second place went to undergrad Jennifer Wu, a communication design major, for “Life in Paper: How Words Can Build a Person.”
Four WU faculty members served as this year’s judges and will join the winners for an awards luncheon in May. The 2016 winning essays, as well as past winners, are available on the Libraries’ website and in the Open Scholarship repository.
Many thanks to all of the students who participated in the 2016 contest. We encourage you to enter again next year.