The University of Wisconsin-Superior Provost's Office, Writing across the Curriculum Program, Writing across the Curriculum Advisory Group, and the UW-Superior Foundation are pleased to announce this year's undergraduate essay competition. Eligible students are invited to submit essays to the competition.

Awards to Students: Up to three students may be selected as finalists in our local campus competition. The first-place finalist will receive a scholarship of $500 from the UWS Foundation. All campus finalists will be recognized at the Campus Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Finalists' essays will also be entered into a pool of essays to be judged at the UW-System level. Each UW System winner (two winners from UW comprehensive and doctoral institutions, and one winner from the UW Colleges) will receive a $2000 scholarship.

NEW THIS YEAR! Recognition of Faculty-Staff Sponsors: Faculty and staff who have sponsored students chosen as finalists will be recognized at the Campus Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

NEW THIS YEAR! Eligibility: The competition is open to any UW-Superior undergraduate student in academic good standing.

Application: Submit an original essay on the topic given below (1,000-1,250 words in length, typed using Microsoft Word, double-spaced, 12-point font). A title page must be included with the following information: title of essay, student's name, major, institution, college and home address, e-mail address, telephone number, name of faculty or staff sponsor (if any), and the following statement: "I hereby affirm that this is an original essay and my own work."

Essay Topic:Liberal education is often thought of as something that happens within the classroom. How, though, have other experiences you have had on your campus helped you understand and appreciate a liberal education?

You may choose from a wide range of extra- and co-curricular experiences, such as student organizations, study abroad, service learning, undergraduate research, lectures, recitals, exhibits, plays, or films. Feel free to choose a single experience or an array of experiences, whichever best fits the development of your own liberal education. Your essay should create a clear picture of the experience(s) and should also make a clear connection between your experience(s) and your liberal education.

As you plan your essay, you may wish to check on the liberal education learning outcomes at http://www.aacu.org/leap/vision.cfm . Some of these outcomes could help inform your understanding of the larger framework of liberal education.

Submission: Submissions must be made electronically by campus email to Dr. Deborah Schlacks, Coordinator of Writing across the Curriculum, at [email protected]; all essays must be attached as Microsoft Word documents.

Judging: Essays submitted by UW-Superior students will be evaluated by a committee of faculty and staff from the UW-Superior Writing across the Curriculum Advisory Group. The campus scholarship will be awarded only if a submitted essay is of sufficient quality to be sent on as a campus finalist in the UW System-wide competition. Final selection of winning essays at the System level will be determined by a group of judges from the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts (SAGLA). System winners will be notified in Spring 2012.