The Best Gateway Essay Contest

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.

2012-2013 Winners:

Best Gateway Essay: Christine Peterson, "Lost in Translation," Instructor: Tina Isabelli


Lydia Rudd, "Down a Dusty Haitian Road," Instructor: Kathy Zurkowski

Valerie Mack, "Reputation and Social Perfection: The Social Creation of Mr. Hyde," Instructor: Adam Woodis

2011-12 Winners:

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