Each year, starting in the 2011-2012 academic year, Gateway instructors nominate several papers written by students in their sections for the Best Gateway Essay contest. The winner receives a $150 award; two runners-up receive $75 each. The nominated essays are first read by Writing Center tutors, and then a short list of finalists is read by faculty who sit on the Writing Committee, and the winners are then selected.
Best Gateway Essay: Casey Plach, “Group Membership and its adverse psychological effects in The Ox-Bow Incident,” Instructor: Jim Simeone
Karen Thul, “Studium and Punctum: The Duality of Photography,” Instructor: Jami Spencer
Blair Wright, “The Grimm Brothers as Editors," Instructor: Holly Hughey