Congratulations to the winners of the 53rd Annual Illinois Tech Writing Contest! Hosted annually by the Department of Humanities, the contest showcases the writing talents of Illinois Tech undergraduate students from across the university. This year's students represent the Armour College of Engineering, College of Science, and Lewis College of Human Sciences.
Edwin H. Lewis Prize for Nonfiction
1st: Michael Minogue (Computer Science, 4th year), "The Ontology of Pandeism: A New Genesis from Man"
2nd: Janki Patel (Behavioral Health and Wellness, 4th year), "Cultural Differences as Seen Through Fairytales"
3rd: Amna Bhatti (Digital Humanities, 3rd year), "Feminist Shortcomings in Social Media"
Edwin H. Lewis Prize for Fiction
1st: Janki Patel (Behavioral Health and Wellness, 4th year), "From the Outside In"
2nd: Cristian Pintor (Computer Science, 4th year), "Beginning"
3rd: Giovanni Centeno (Digital Humanities, 4th year), "From Behind the Dumpster with Love"
The prizes for fiction and non-fiction are named for Edwin H. Lewis, an English professor at the Lewis Institute, one of the forerunners of Illinois Tech, from 1895 to 1936. Among other classes, Professor Lewis taught Shakespeare and apparently looked somewhat like him too. It is said that students would come to campus just for his lectures, often without even being enrolled.
Mollie Cohen Prize for Poetry
1st: Giovanni Centeno (Digital Humanities, 4th year), "A Souvenir"
2nd: Rukayat Bello (Engineering Management, 3rd year), "Held"
3rd: Cristian Pintor (Computer Science, 4th year), "P + J"
The poetry prize was established in 1965 by Mollie S. Cohen, a retiring Illinois Tech English professor. Professor Cohen was a native Chicagoan and attended Lewis Institute before doing graduate work at the University of Chicago and at the Sorbonne in Paris. During her time as a professor at Illinois Tech, she worked closely with women students and international students.
Henry Knepler Freshman Essay Prize
1st: Lukas Proffen (Digital Humanities, 1st year), "Make it So: Exploring Star Trek's Values in the Digital Age"
2nd: Elizabeth Klimek (Mechanical Engineering, 1st year), "Online Community Study of Vampires in Literature"
The prize for freshman essays was renamed in 2015 to honor the late Henry Knepler’s 40 years at Illinois Tech as Professor of English and chair of the Department of Humanities. The prize was established from gifts made in Knepler’s memory by friends and his wife Myrna at the time of his passing in 1999. Myrna is an alumna of Illinois Tech, receiving her doctorate in Linguistics, and devoted her career to English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction.
The winners of this year's writing contest will be recognized at a luncheon on Monday, April 23. Congratulations to all and thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s contest!