The Department of English offers a variety of Scholarship Awards and Writing Contest Prizes. Four writing contests are open to both undergraduate and graduate students, whether majors or non-majors. These include The Nancy A. Potter Short Story Contest, The Nancy A. Potter Poets Contest, The Creative Non-Fiction Contest, and The Critical Essay Contest.
The Rumowicz Maritime Essay Contest is open to undergraduate students only.
Each award recipient in all of these contests receives a Certificate of Recognition in their prize category. Prizes are awarded annually, and presented at a reading/celebration at the English Department's Awards Day Ceremony held in April of each year.
2010 University of Rhode Island
2010 Department of English Excellence Awards
Back row: Alexander Nash, Thomas Barkman, Stephen Barber, Amelia Green. Front row: Sarah Payne, Laura Tetreault, Tatiana Uhoch, Amy Sullo. Not present: John Holmes, Samuel Levine.
2010 Contest Award Recipients
Back row: Rebekah Greene, Sara Murphy, Erin Vachon, Stephen Barber, Cathryn Molloy, Eric Henry Emma, Donald Rodrigues, Beasley Kanost. Front row: Steven Brown, Laura Tetreault, Mary Vanatta, Shayne O'Sullivan, Briana Cihi, Gillian Ramos, Maurice R. Beaulieu III. Not pictured: Julia Ramsey
The Nancy Potter Short Story ContestUndergraduate Division
First Place: Gillian Ramos – "Pater Noster"
Second Place: Maurice R. Beaulieu III – "Just After Noon"
Third Place: Eric Henry Emma – "Dreaming of Utopia"
The Nancy Potter Poets Contest(While one poem is highlighted,
all awards in this category were given for a group of poems.)
First Place: Shayne O'Sullivan – "It is rather"
Second Place: Julia Ramsey – "Imposters"
Third Place: Laura Tetreault – "West Warwick"
First Place: Steven Brown – "Penumbra"
Second Place: Sara Murphy – "Snapshots Printed on Hotel Stationery: Third Exposure"
Creative Non-Fiction ContestUndergraduate Division
First Place: Briana Cihi – "Scratches, Scars, and Cigarette Burns" and Shayne O'Sullivan – "Terms"
Second Place: Julia Ramsey – "My Katrina"
Third Place: Laura Tetreault – "Inheritance"
First Place: Cathryn Molloy – "Walking Over the Compost Pile"
Second Place: Erin Vachon – "Four Medical Rooms"
Critical Essay ContestUndergraduate Division
First Place: Eric Henry Emma – "The Good King of 'Sir Orfeo'"
Second Place: Mary Vanatta – "Wes Anderson, Slow-Motion Master!"
First Place: Beazley Kanost – "How Cool was Falstaff?"
Second Place: Rebekah Greene – "'[A]s supple as an eel': Virginia Woolf's Concept of Philosophic Time"
Third Place: Donald Rodrigues – "The Phoenix and Turtle: Shakespeare's Fuzzy Apocalypse"
The Department of English offers six undergraduate scholarships. These are open to English majors. Scholarships are awarded annually and presented at the English Department's Awards Day Ceremony held in April of each year.
The Department of English would like to congratulate the 2010 scholarship recipients for their academic achievement:Zachery Cooper, Carrie Crockett, Krista D'Amico, Elise Glidden, Olga Goretoy,
Contact the English Department Undergraduate Advisor for further information. Please find descriptions of all these scholarship awards below: