Winners of the 2013 Berlfein Prize for Best Undergraduate Nonfiction Writing
The 2013 Berlfein Prize for Best Undergraduate Nonfiction Writing has been awarded to this year's winners.
Whitney Porter won first place for “Deadly Damsels: Examining the Threat of Beauty in Edgar Allen Poe's "Ligeia" and Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".” Whitney's faculty advisor was Professor Cheryl Smith.
Second place was awarded to Rachel Jespersen for "What Links Social Status and Self-Hate?" and her faculty advisor was Professor Michael Staub.
Premie Koziarski won third place for "Milton's Eve as the Hallmark Wife." Premie's faculty advisor was Professor Donald Mengay.
The competition, first held in 2010, is in its fourth year and was open to students enrolled in a variety of upper-level courses. Entries were submitted by the students themselves with the consent of the supervising faculty member, who in each case agreed to oversee the revision of the essay. A committee of faculty judges reviewed the entries and identified the winners. First place was awarded a prize of $750, second place was awarded $500, and third place was awarded $250.