Write an essay, win up to $500!

First-year engineering students have the exclusive opportunity to write an essay on a topic in Born a Crime for a chance to win up to $500 through the Cooley Writing Contest!

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 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.

Eligibility:

  1. All engineering undergraduates enrolled for at least one term between January 2021 and January 2022 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 Born a Crime this summer. Here are some topic/theme ideas to get you started:

  • Racism, Apartheid, and the Cycle of Poverty
  • Identity, Belonging, and Community
  • Love and Personal Growth
  • Resilience through Religion, Education, and Humor
  • (another theme of your choice)

Deadline:

Essays are due Friday, October 1st, 2021.

Questions?

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