The Calderwood Prize

Outstanding

The Stanford Calderwood Prize in Public Writing

The Stanford Calderwood Prize in Public Writing is awarded annually to recognize oustanding pieces written by students taking a Calderwood Seminar. Student work is nominated by instructors, then a faculty committee selects the exceptional work. Prizes are typically awarded in the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences.

Calderwood Seminar Program Director, David Lindauer, explains what makes an award winner, "Public writing involves translating complex arguments and professional jargon to a broad audience. The winners of the Calderwood Prizes all select interesting topics, address their audiences, and make their points accessible. They draw the reader in, explain why their subject is important and do so with writing that is authoratative and engaging."
 

2021 Calderwood Prize Winners

Sciences Prize: Yuxi Xia '20, "A Sustainable Future of Food Begins in the Petri Dish", ES 399: Enironmental Synthesis and Communication

Humanities Prize: Julia Camilli '20, "Change Will Come", FREN/CPLT 359: Advocating for Other Cultures

Social Sciences Prize: Carla Adams '20, "Who/What/Why/How are We?", PSYC 343: Psychology in the Public Interest

 

2020 Calderwood Prize Winners

Sciences Prize: Maggie Rivers '19, "The Burden of Proof", MATH 340: Explaining Mathematics

Humanities Prize: Mia Tuccillo '20, "Roomful of Teeth: The Genesis for a New Shape and Sound", MUS 301: Music in Public

Social Sciences Prize: Michaela Rhile '19, "A Need for New Checks and Balances: Review of Tina Wu's The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age", ECON 335: Economic Journalism

 

2019 Calderwood Prize Winners

Humanities Prize: Sydney Hopper '19, "On the Transcendetalist Trail: New England's Literary Tourism", ENG 316: Dead Poetry Society

Social Sciences Prize: Ali Saueressig '19, Op Ed, POL1 333: Perspectives on U.S. Politics

 

2018 Calderwood Prize Winners

Sciences Prize: Alexandra Beem '18, "Anti-Retroviral Therapy alone won't Solve the HIV Epidemic, but BU Immunologist, Dr. Jennifer Synder-
Cappione is on the case"
, BISC 340: Biology in the News

Humanities Prize: Brianna Ruffin '17, "Distorted Reflections", FREN/CPLT 359: Advocating for Other Cultures

Social Sciences Prize: Grace Chow '17, "Conversation with Energy Economist, Stratford Douglas", ECON 335: Economic Journalism
 

2017 Calderwood Prize Winners

Sciences Prize:  Hannah Schmidt '18, "Unnatural Amino Acids: An Attempt to Play God or a Breakthrough in Fighting Disease?", CHEM 306: Advances in Chemical Biology

Humanities Prize: Emma Stelter '16, "Ida: A Movie Review", FREN/CPLT 359: Advocating for Other Cultures

Social Sciences Prize: Sarah Koenig '17, "Oysters are an Ecologist's Best Friend", ES 399: Environmental Synthesis and Communicaton
        

2016 Calderwood Prize Winners

Sciences Prize: Adele Clifford '16, "The Other Half of Evolution", BISC 340: Biology in the News

Humanities Prize: Eloisa Cleveland '16, "It's Not about the Drugs: What is Missing from the Current Smart Drugs Debate", PHIL 330: Ethics for Everyone

Social Sciences Prize: Tamar Davis '16, "Which Black Films Matter?", SOC 324: Public Sociology
 

2015 Calderwood Prize Winners

Sciences Prize: Victoria Hills '14, "How to Make Trillions of Bacteria Shut Up, and What this Means for Medicine", BISC 340: Biology in the News

Humanities Prize: Anna Krauthamer '15, "Going Back", ENG 390: The New York Review of Books at Fifty

Social Sciences Prize: Emma van den Terrell '15, "Agnost-a-what?", AMST 355: Critiquing American Pop Culture