Cooley Writing Contest

First-year engineering students have the exclusive opportunity to write an essay on a topic in Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of the Rocky Flats for a chance to win up to $500 through the Cooley Writing Contest!

Cooley Writing Contest Description:

In his will, the late Dean Mortimer Cooley, a former Dean of the Engineering College, left funds to encourage students to explore non-technical field to “develop, broaden, and enrich the Engineer’s education.” Dean Cooley’s funds support the Cooley Writing Contest, sponsored for currently enrolled undergraduates in Engineering.



Eligibility:

  1. All engineering undergraduates enrolled for at least one term between January 2020 and January 2021 are eligible.
  2. A student may not submit a manuscript that has won a previous Cooley award.
  3. Students may not submit collaborations or translations
  4. Entries are limited to one per category
  5. 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.

Start Writing:

We encourage first-year students to begin writing an essay soon after finishing Full Body Burden: Growing Up in The Nuclear Shadow of the Rocky Flats this summer. Here are some topic/theme ideas to get you started:

  • Socioeconomic Class
  • War
  • Morality and Ethics
  • Science
  • Poverty
  • Another theme of your choice

How to Enter:

You can enter by visiting this page!

Deadline:

Essays are due Friday, October 9th, 2020.

Questions?

For additional information, contact Connie Hallom, (734) 764-1427 or challom@umich.edu


Cooley Writing Contest Winners – Common Reading Experience Category

2019 First Place: Advait Deshpande
2019 Second Place: Alanna Smith

2018 First Place: Margaret Cooney
2018 Second Place: Shaohua Li

2017 Winner, Christopher Knebel (center)

2017 Winner: Christopher Knebel

2016 Winner, Andong Luis Li Zhao (left)

2016 Winner: Andong Luis Li Zhao
Second Place: Cailin Ferguson and Vahid Arefi
Honorable Mention: Mekhakhem Kheperu

2015 Winner: Paul Regentin
Second Place: Amy Orlov
Honorable Mention: Debbie Cheng
2015 Mack Contest Winner for Common Reading Experience themed essay: Brinda Yarlagadda

2014 Winner, Yusuf Ghani

2014 Winner: Yusuf Ghani 
Honorable Mentions: Xiaosu Liu and Ilkka Kovanen