Writing Centre



Afficio (afˈfi.ki.o)  "I affect"
A publication of the winners of the
Saint Mary's University Academic Writing Awards.


 

Saint Mary’s Undergraduate Academic Writing Awards, 2016

2016 Writing Awards submission forms are available for download — one form per submission.

The Saint Mary's University Writing Awards recognizes the best in academic writing in four categories: Humanities, Social Science, Science, and Business in two levels—lower (students with 60 or less total credit hours from any institution) and upper (students with more than 60 total credit hours from any institution). Papers at the upper level will be judged at a higher standard. Winners of the award are recognized as follows:

  1. Runners-up—two runners-up in each category and level—are awarded a transcript notation
  2. Best in each category and level—awarded a transcript notation and publication in the undergraduate academic writing journal, Afficio
  3. Best in each category—awarded a cash prize of $100.00
  4. Best overall paper from all levels and categories—awarded a cash prize of $300.00

Students may submit one paper from both the Fall and Winter semesters in either Humanities, Social Science, Science, or Business.

To submit your entry, please follow these guidelines:

Papers must:

  • Written by an undergraduate student
  • Written entirely by the student making the submission
  • From either Fall 2015 or Winter 2016 courses
  • Accompanied by the original assignment description from the course
  • Accompanied by the submission form, signed by the instructor of the course
  • Submitted as a clean hardcopy (with name removed), as well as an electronic Word file (submitted by e-mail or flash key).
  • Individually written: group assignments are not eligible
  • Submitted by Monday, May 2, 2016.

Students must agree to participate in the publishing process to be published.

Students may submit a paper from any course from September 2015 to April 2016, e.g., a student in Science may submit an ENGL 1205 paper.

Adjudication Procedure

  • A panel consisting of the writing centre director and faculty members from corresponding departments adjudicates competition.
  • Papers are adjudicated anonymously.
  • The panel may declare no winner in a category, if it is determined that no submissions in that category meet award criteria.

 


Criteria for adjudication

Winning papers are those that achieve the highest clarity of writing. Each paper will be evaluated according to the expectations and conventions of each discipline; however, each must adhere to the following criteria:

Demonstrates overall superior writing:

  • Clear and elegant communication of simple and complex ideas;
  • Solid grasp of specialized terminology within the discipline;
  • Clearly and easily defined terms;
  • Excellent use of English grammar and punctuation conventions.

Demonstrates an excellent grasp of the conventions of the assignment (e.g., essay, report):

  • Clear thesis/purpose statement, discussion, and conclusion(s);
  • Appropriate, logical and clear use of transitions, sections, and paragraphs;
  • Elements (e.g., title page, table of contents, figures, tables, appendices, etc.) are superior examples of the conventions of the discipline;
  • Fulfills course/assignment requirements (including specific instructions).

Components are excellent examples of academic work:

  • High quality of arguments/discussions;
  • Complexity or depth of ideas is demonstrated as related to course level and discipline.

Where research is a feature, it is smoothly integrated and presented:

  • Clear presentation and acknowledgement of others’ ideas within the structure of the student’s own ideas;
  • Use of supporting evidence in formulating arguments and demonstrating proofs;
  • Elegant use of quotations, paraphrases, and referencing;
  • Clear and consistent documentation in a recognized style.



Saint Mary's Undergraduate Academic Writing Awards, 2015 Winners

Paul Merrimen

The Failure of Courtly Love in Troilus & Criseyde (ENG 3405, Dr. Stephanie Morley)

Best Overall Undergraduate Paper, Saint Mary's University

Award: $300.00, transcript notation, publication in paper edition of Afficio

Best Undergraduate Humanities Paper (Upper Level), Saint Mary's University

Award: $100.00, transcript notation, publication in paper edition of Afficio

 

Tyler Hatfield

Weapon Focus Effect: A Literature Review (PSYC 3338, Dr. Marguerite Ternes)

1st Runner Up Overall Undergraduate Paper, Saint Mary's University

Award: Transcript notation and publication in the online edition of Afficio

Best Undergraduate Social Science Paper

Award: $100.00, transcript notation, publication in paper edition of Afficio


Humanities

Upper Level

Paul Merrimen

The Failure of Courtly Love in Troilus & Criseyde (ENG 3405, Dr. Stephanie Morley)

Best Undergraduate Humanities Paper, Saint Mary's University (Upper Level)

Award: $100.00, transcript notation, publication in paper edition of Afficio

 

Stuart Cheyne

"Thow be understone": Writing a Good Reader in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde (ENG 3405, Dr. Stephanie Morley)

1st Runner Up, Best Undergraduate Humanities Paper, Saint Mary's University

Award: Transcript notation and publication in the online edition of Afficio

 

Emily Hillman

Uneasy Alliances: Political Strategies of Silla's Elites (HIST 2394, Dr. Bill Sewell)

2nd Runner Up, Best Undergraduate Humanities Paper, Saint Mary's University

Award: Transcript notation

 

Lower Level

Mia Samardzic

Young Women and Wolves: Contrasting Themes of Sexuality and Danger Regarding Identity in Charles Perrault's Little Red Riding Hood and Angela Carter's The Company of Wolves.

Best Undergraduate Humanities Paper, Saint Mary's University (Lower Level)

Award: Award: $100.00, transcript notation, publication in paper edition of Afficio


Social Sciences

Upper Level

Tyler Hatfield

Weapon Focus Effect: A Literature Review (PSYC 3338, Dr. Marguerite Ternes)

Best Undergraduate Social Science Paper (Upper Level)

Award: $100.00, transcript notation, publication in paper edition of Afficio

 

Isalean Phillip

Economic Globalization and its effects on the nation - State of India (POLI 3322, Dr. Carlos Pessoa)

1st Runner Up, Best Undergraduate Social Science Paper

Award: transcript notation, publication in the online edition of Afficio

 

 Lower Level

Matthew Clerk

Women in Crisis: The Colonial Roots of Epidemic violence and oppresssion (POLI 1220, Dr. Peter Heron)

Best Undergraduate Social Science Paper (Lower Level)

Award: $100.00, transcript notation, publication in paper edition of Afficio

 



Saint Mary's Undergraduate Academic Writing Awards, 2014 Winners

Daniel Giesbrecht

Irish Language Print Culture, 1550-1870 (HIST 4829, Dr. Warner)    

Best Overall Undergraduate Paper, Saint Mary's University

Award: $300.00, transcript notation, Afficio publication

Best Undergraduate Humanities Paper, Saint Mary's University

Award: $100.00, transcript notation, Afficio publication 


Travis Crowell

What We Choose to Remember: The Human Costs of the Vietnam War (ANTH 3334, Dr. Zelenietz)

1st Runner up Overall Undergraduate Paper, Saint Mary's University

Award: Transcript notation

Best Undergraduate Social Science Paper

Award: $100.00, transcript notation, publication in Afficio


Candice Albright

“Ourself Behind Ourself, Concealed:” The Importance of History and Memory in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace (ENGL 3500,  Dr. Padraig O’Siadhail)

1st Runner Up, Upper Undergraduate Humanities Paper

Transcript notation


Paul Merrimen

Inward and Outward Existence in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (ENGL 3348.2   Dr. David Heckerl)

Best Lower Undergraduate Humanities Paper

Award: Transcript notation, Afficio publication


Emily Hillman

‘Ulysses in a Stola’ (HIST 2453, Adam Hyatt)

1st Runner up, Lower Undergraduate Humanities Paper

Award: Transcript notation


Logan Francis

A Comparison of Physical Random Number Generators (Physics 4600, Dr. Dunlavy)

Best Upper Undergraduate Science Paper                   

Award: $100.00, transcript notation, publication in Afficio


Travis Crowell

World of Ash: Employing Materiality in The Road (ANTH 3836, Jonathan Fowler)

1st Runner up, Upper Undergraduate Social Science Paper

Award: Transcript notation


Isalean Phillip

Critical Book Review: Michael Nest’s ‘Coltan' (IDST 2301, Dr. Ervine)

Best Lower Undergraduate Social Science Paper

Award: Transcript notation, publication in Afficio

 

Special thanks to the adjudicators:

Dr. Rohini Bannerjee (Humanities)
Dr. James Cameron (Social Sciences)
Dr. Damien O’Keefe (Social Sciences)
Dr. Claudia DeFuentes (Business)
Dr. James O’Brien (Business)
Dr. Heather Sanderson (Humanities)
Dr. Philip Giles (Science)
Dr. Lindsey Carmichael (Science, Senior Tutor, Writing Centre)
Mr. Brian Hotson (Director, Writing Centre)

 



Saint Mary's Academic Writing Awards, 2013 Winners

From left to right: Dr. Dodds; Katherine Crooks; Yun Hua Ji; Vanessa Smith; Sara Hollet; Writing Centre Director, Brian Hotson


Katherine Crooks, "The most emblematic of deviants: Prostitution policy in the Third Reich" (Dr. Freeman; Humanities)

Saint Mary’s Academic Writing Award, Best Overall Undergraduate Paper, Saint Mary's University


Liza Brechbill, "University as narrative therapy: The reconstruction of one woman's dominant self-narrative through post-secondary education" (Dr. Cameron; Social Science)

Saint Mary’s Academic Writing Award, 1st Runner up Overall Undergraduate Paper, Saint Mary's University


Katherine Crooks, "The most emblematic deviants: Prostitution policy in the Third Reich" (Dr. Freeman; Humanities)

Saint Mary’s Academic Writing Award, Best Undergraduate Humanities Paper


Liza Brechbill, "University as therapy" (Dr. Cameron; Social Science)

Saint Mary’s Academic Writing Award, Best Undergraduate Social Science Paper


Sara Hollet, "Orphaned map #35: From Cook's Square and the Pontac to the Waterside Centre" (Dr. Fowler)

Saint Mary’s Academic Writing Award, 1st Runner up, Lower Undergraduate Social Science Paper


Yun Hua Ji, "Unprepared for death and responsibility in mid-term break" (Dr. Watson)

Saint Mary’s Academic Writing Award, 1stRunner up, Upper Undergraduate Social Science Paper


Davina Ebbeson, "Politics and metaphysics" A comparison of Aristotle and John Locke's conception of politics and the Ideal State" (Dr. Gaon)

Saint Mary’s Academic Writing Award,  2nd Runner up,  Lower Undergraduate Social Science Paper


Caitlin Parker Engel, "The promises broken in Ayacucho: Breakdown of support for the Shining Path in Quecha peasantry of Peru, c. 1980-1985" (Dr. Barbosa Nunes)

Saint Mary’s Academic Writing Award,  1st Runner up Lower Undergraduate Humanities Paper


Paul Merriman, "Absolutism and resistance during the reign of Louis XIV" (Dr. Stretton)

Saint Mary’s Academic Writing Award, 2nd Runner up Lower Undergraduate Humanities Paper


Vanessa Smith, "The Ordnance Survey in Ireland, 1824-1842: Place names, authority and memory" (Dr. Ó Siadhail)

Saint Mary’s Academic Writing Award, 2nd Runner up Upper Undergraduate Humanities Paper


Thank you to all the adjudicators

  • Dr. Rohini Bannerjee, Modern Languages and Classics
  • Dr. Carolyn Birnie-Porter, Psychology
  • Dr. Lindsey Carmichael, Senior Tutor, Writing Centre
  • Dr. Valerie Creelman, Associate Dean, Sobey School of Business
  • Dr. Claudia De Fuentes, Sobey School of Business
  • Dr. Philip Giles, Geography
  • Mr. Brian Hotson, Director, Writing Centre
  • Dr. Damian O'Keefe, Psychology
  • Ms. Heather Sceles, Accounting
  • Dr. Heather Sanderson, Library, Information Literacy
  • Dr. Lyndan Warner, History


Saint Mary's Academic Writing Awards, Winter 2012 Winners

Best Overall Undergraduate Paper
Katherine Crooks (“One Hole Too Many: Ghosts and Mad Women in Hamlet and MacBeth”)
English 4849
 
Best Undergraduate Humanities Paper
Katherine Crooks (“One Hole Too Many: Ghosts and Mad Women in Hamlet and MacBeth”)
English
 
Runner Up, Undergraduate Humanties Paper
Kyle Massia (“Poland 1956: A Year of Protest and Progress”)
History
 
Honourable Mention, Undergraduate Humanities Paper
Zeinab Ashour (“Media Report Assignment: The Rise of Political Islam in the Egyptian Elections”)
Religious Studies
 
Best Undergraduate Social Science Paper
Katie Grant  (“The Success of International Human Rights Norms in Liberal Democracies as a Source of Political
Pacification and Ignorance”)
Political Science
 
Runner Up, Undergraduate Social Science Paper
David McDonald (“ The Detrimental Impact of Globalization on Female Education in Sub-Saharan Africa”)
Sociology
 
Best Undergraduate Science Paper
Julia Mahoney (“Alzheimer’s Disease: Are Certain Parts of Memory More Affected by Alzeimer’s Disease than Others?”)
Psychology

Ajudicators:

  • Dr. Rohini Bannerjee, Modern Languages and Classics
  • Dr. Valerie Creelman, Associate Dean, Sobey School of Business
  • Dr. Philip Giles, Geography
  • Mr. Brian Hotson, Director, Writing Centre
  • Ms. Heather Sceles, Accounting
  • Dr. Heather Sanderson, Library, Information Literacy
  • Dr. Kathy Singfield, Chair, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Johanna Weststar, Industrial Relations

Past Winners