Undergraduate Writing Symposium

Held each March, the Undergraduate Writing Symposium provides an opportunity for departments and faculty to showcase exemplary work completed in their courses and gives us all an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Vanderbilt’s undergraduate students.

Symposium nominations

Student presenters at the 2012 Symposium

Each January the Writing Studio opens the nomination process for the symposium. We welcome nomination of argumentative essays, research reports, and other writing projects that can be read aloud.  Any piece completed during the previous calendar year is welcome to compete for inclusion in the event.

Nominations come primarily from faculty, but students may also self-nominate a piece of their own writing.


Faculty nominations: Click here for our faculty nominations page.

Self-nominations: Click here for our student self-nomination page.

Review Process

Once submitted, all nominated pieces of writing are assessed by multiple readers in a blind review process. We invite the authors of our highest scoring submissions to present their piece on a panel at the symposium. Presenters receive written feedback on how they might revise for presentation and are encouraged to make an appointment for a Writing Studio consultation as they do so.

Student presenter, Symposium 2012