5th Annual Winston Family Honors Writing Awards

Established by Roger and Karen Winston (classes of ‘76 and ’75), the annual Winston Family Honors Writing Awards recognize the best short essay, research paper, and thesis written by University of Maryland Honors College students.

Short Essay Award
Essay written for an Honors (HONR) Seminar.
Prize: $250. Length: 5-10 pages.

Research Paper Award
Paper written for an Honors (HONR) Seminar, H-version, or H-option course.
Prize: $500. Length: 10-30 pages.

Honors Thesis Award
Culminating research project undertaken in a departmental Honors program.
Prize: $1,000. Excerpt length: 20-40 pages.

Congratulations to our 2018 Winston Award recipients! To learn more about the winners, please see the Honors College announcement (here).

Winston Awards group photo


  • Submissions for the Short Essay and Research Paper Awards must have been submitted for course credit during one of the following terms: Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, and Spring 2018.
  • Submissions for Thesis Awards must represent work from the culminating research requirement in a departmental honors program during Spring 2018.
  • Only students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of submission are eligible for these awards.
  • Submissions must be in an academic writing format.
  • One submission per student.

Submissions will be accepted beginning February 1, 2018 and through March 25, 2018 as follows:

  • For all submissions: the student’s faculty mentor must send a completed Faculty Statement Form (here) to WinstonAwards@umd.edu by March 25, 2018.
  • Short Essay Award and Research Paper Award submissions: complete the Student Application Form (here) and attach paper to this form.
  • Thesis Award submissions: complete the Student Application Form (here) and attach in one file a 1-2pp. thesis abstract and a 20-40pp. thesis excerpt (preferably one or more chapters).
  • All submissions should be revised, polished, and suitable for consideration by an awards committee comprised of readers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

Awards Luncheon
Winston Award recipients and their faculty mentors will be honored at a luncheon on April 27, 2018. Awardees will receive a monetary prize and a certificate. Awardees and mentors will also be celebrated on the Honors College and University Honors websites and social media accounts.

Contact us at WinstonAwards@umd.edu

About the Awards
The annual Winston Family Honors Writing Awards were established to recognize the best essay, research paper, and thesis written each year by Honors students and to acknowledge the central role that faculty members play in mentoring Honors College students. We are grateful to Roger and Karen Winston (classes of ‘76 and ’75) and their daughter Emily Winston (class of ’06), herself a University Honors alumna, whose generous gift provides these merit awards. We deeply appreciate the Winston family’s commitment to University Honors, the Honors College, and the University of Maryland and their investment in academic excellence.