Genevieve M. Critel Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Composition


The Genevieve M. Critel award for excellence in undergraduate composition honors outstanding writers and the compositions they create within English classes at Ohio State. Named posthumously for Dr. Genevieve Critel, whose dedication to undergraduate education and writing instruction was the basis for her scholarship and teaching, this award recognizes excellence in the areas of study in which Dr. Critel specialized: Composition Studies, Digital Media Studies & Digital Literacy Practices, Professional and Technical Communication and Writing Center Theory and Practice. The recipient of this award is recognized during the Department of English's annual awards ceremony in April and receives a $300 scholarship. Note that any group compositions will receive one $300 scholarship, which will be equally divided among the group's members

Eligibility: All applicants must have completed a composition* as part of an Ohio State English course during the immediately previous fall, summer or spring semesters (essays completed during earlier semesters will not be considered; compositions of all types, from written essays to multimodal texts, are welcome) and have been enrolled as an undergraduate at Ohio State during the semester in which the composition was completed (all majors are welcome to apply for this award).

*Only one composition may be submitted per student.

Application Requirements: Students who meet the above criteria should submit an application consisting of the following:

  1. A completed PDF icon Critel Application Form.pdf
  2. The student’s composition submission. All statements should remain anonymous.

Submission Procedure: These materials should be emailed as an attachment with the subject line "Critel scholarship application" to No hard copies will be accepted.

Selection and Award Process: All applications will be forwarded to the Critel awards committee by the Undergraduate Studies Academic Program Manager. The committee will review all applications and submissions and will determine the winning composition. The Undergraduate Studies Academic Program Manager will then notify the winner and invite that student to attend the department's annual awards ceremony, which takes place in April, along with up to four guests of the student's choosing. The student's $300 scholarship award will be processed after the awards ceremony through the student's university financial account.

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