About the Boothe Prize
The Boothe Prize recognizes and rewards outstanding expository and argumentative writing by first-year students in the Writing and Rhetoric and Thinking Matters Programs. One first-place and one honorable mention prize are awarded to outstanding essays from each academic quarter at an annual award ceremony in May.
Each first place winner receives a certificate, a copy of The Riverside Shakespeare and $350. Each honorable mention winner receives a certificate, a copy of The Riverside Shakespeare and $200. The winning essays are published annually in Boothe Prize Essays: Excellence in Writing at Stanford and are available online through this website.
The Boothe Prizes have been made possible by the generosity of the late D. Power Boothe, Jr. and his wife Catie. Mr. Boothe was a graduate of the Stanford class of '31.
Booth Prize essays for 2012-2013
Each year's Boothe Prize book is available as a PDF.
PWR Winners for 2012-13
- Kirstin Wagner (Winner, Spring 2012): "Managing the Mean Girl: California's Incomplete State Policy on Social Aggression" Instructor: Sarah Peterson Pittock
- Charlotte Geaghan-Breiner (Honorable Mention, Spring 2012): "Where the Wild Things Should Be: Healing Nature Deficit Disorder through the Schoolyard" Instructor: Sarah Peterson Pittock
- Kat Gregory (Winner, Fall 2012): "Wanted in Every Sense of the Word: Deconstructing the Romanticized Outlaw Hero" Instructor: Donna Hunter
- Kaitlyn Williams (Honorable Mention, Fall 2012): "When Gaming Goes Bad: An Exploration of Videogame Harassment Towards Female Gamers" Instructor: Christine Alfano
- Amy Bearman (Winner, Winter 2013): "The Soul of a New Machine: The Social Psychological Aspects of Human-Computer Interaction" Instructor: Ryan Zurowski
- Ansh Shukla (Honorable Mention, Winter 2013): "The Four-Year Plan: A Reframing of Contemporary Debate Regarding the "Death" of American Undergraduate Liberal Education" Instructor: Mark Taylor
See past years' Boothe PWR winners here.