Write an essay, win up to $500!
First-year engineering students have the exclusive opportunity to write an essay on a topic in Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup for a chance to win up to $500 through the Cooley Writing Contest!
In his will, the late Dean Mortimer Cooley, a former Dean of the Engineering College, left funds to encourage students to explore non-technical fields to “develop, broaden, and enrich the Engineer’s education.” Dean Cooley’s funds support the Cooley Writing Contest, sponsored for currently enrolled undergraduates in Michigan Engineering.
- All engineering undergraduates enrolled for at least one term during the current calendar year are eligible.
- A student may not submit a manuscript that has won a previous Cooley award.
- Students may not submit collaborations or translations
- Entries are limited to one per category
- If an entry receives a Cooley Award, the author must agree to indicate in a footnote or otherwise that this manuscript was granted a prize in the Cooley Writing Contest in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, and indicate the year of the award.
We encourage first-year students to begin writing an essay soon after finishing Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup this summer. Here are some topic/theme ideas to get you started:
- Entrepreneurship, growth mindset
- A theme of your choice