The Winston Family Honors Best Student Paper Awards were established to recognize the best essay, research paper, and thesis written by Honors students each year.
We are grateful to Roger ’76 and Karen ’75 Winston and their daughter Emily Winston ’06, an Honors College alumna, whose generous gift provides the merit awards given to the highest achieving students in the past year’s Honors courses. We deeply appreciate the Winston family’s commitment to University Honors, the Honors College, and the University of Maryland and their investment in academic excellence.
Submissions must have been completed or presented during the spring 2016 semester or fall 2016 semester.
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017 by 2:00 PM
There are three principal categories for the awards:
- Best Honors Essay
An essay written for an Honors (HONR) seminar or I-Series course; it may or may not use secondary sources; approximate length is 5-10 pages. The essay should articulate the student’s own thinking on a course topic and should be written in the student’s voice.
- Best Honors Research Paper
A paper written for an Honors (HONR) seminar, I-Series course, H-version, or H-option course; minimum length of 10 pages, excluding bibliography pages.
- Best Honors Thesis
A departmental honors in-depth research / scholarly endeavor culminating in a thesis.
To submit papers for consideration for any of these awards:
- Students complete the Student Application and then send application and paper via email attachment to: WinstonAwards@umd.edu with the subject line “Winston Best Paper Awards”.
- Faculty mentors complete the Faculty Statement (a brief statement on the merits and weaknesses, if any, of the paper) and send via email attachment to: WinstonAwards@umd.edu with the subject line “Winston Best Paper Awards.” Faculty statements are completely confidential and we count on faculty to be candid.
- Submissions must be received by the deadline.
- The submissions for these awards must have arisen from an Honors (HONR) seminar or I-Series course [for Best Honors Essay], or an H-version, H-option, HONR seminar, or I-Series course [for Best Honors Research Paper]. The thesis must be the culminating requirement in a Departmental Honors Program.
- Entries must be corrected and polished under the guidance of the faculty mentor as if the essay were being prepared for publication prior to submission.
- Submissions must be in an academic format.
Students and faculty will be honored at a special Honors Luncheon on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Noon.
- Student winners will receive a cash prize applied to their student account, a photograph taken with their faculty mentor, and a certificate acknowledging their award. Prizes are: Best Honors Essay – $250; Best Honors Research Paper – $500; Best Honors Thesis – $1000.
- Faculty mentors will receive a photograph taken with their student winner and a certificate acknowledging their role.
- The names of student winners and faculty mentors will be announced on the Honors College and University Honors websites and in the Honors Newsletter. They will also be added to the Honors Best Student Paper Award history online.
Click here to view the list of this year’s winners: 2015-2016 Winston Family Honors Best Student Paper Awards.
Click here to view the list of winners of the 2014-2015 Winston Family Honors Best Student Paper Awards.
Click here to view the list of winners of the 2013-2014 Winston Family Honors Best Student Paper Awards.
Click here to view the list of winners of the 2012-2013 Winston Family Honors Best Student Paper Awards.