University Writing Program

J.V. Cunningham Awards

The J.V. Cunningham Awards for Excellence in College Writing are open to all Brandeis undergraduates for superbly written papers judged to be outstanding in formal content, substantive strength and originality. Each professor or instructor may nominate a paper from a Brandeis course, excluding senior thesis, up to 20 pages in length.

Next deadline: May 7, 2025.

Congratulations, 2023-24 Winners!

Eleanor Flynn
“'Poor Dodo': The Process of Pity in Middlemarch
Nominated by John Plotz


Audrey Kiarsis
“The Hemlock Society: A Fundamental Right to Die”
Nominated by Jordan Kokot

Social Sciences and Sciences

Alana Baptiste
“How can Intentional Diversification Exist without Discrimination? Look to the Students Amid Affirmative Action Fallout”
Nominated by James Geary

Past Winners