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 Collected Poems and Prose of Robert Frost and $350. Each honorable mention winner receives a certificate, a copy of The Collected Poems and Prose of Robert Frostand $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.
Boothe Prize essays for 2016-2017
The 2016-2017 year's Boothe Prize book is available as a PDF.
PWR Winners for 2016-17
Julia Sakowitz (Winner, Spring 2016): "'We're A Lot More Than Gospel Singing:' Small Tourism Businesses in Harlem and Policy Proposals for the UMEZ." Instructor: Irena Yamboliev
Alex Maben (Honorable Mention, Spring 2016): "Crafting CRISPR Fantasies: Flaws in Current Metaphors of Gene-Modifying Technology." Instructor: Jennifer Johnson
Xinlan Emily Hu (Winner, Fall 2016): "Endangered Languages: Rescuing the World's Invisible Libraries." Instructor: Irena Yamboliev
Vienna G. Kuhn (Honorable Mention, Fall 2016): "Fighting for Choice." Instructor: Lindsey Felt
Nicholas Branigan (Winner, Winter 2017): "Michelle K. Lee v. Simon Shiao Tam." Instructor: Paul Bator
Veronica Kim (Honorable Mention, Winter 2017): "'It's My Mom's Recipe, and She Got It From a Video: How Food Videos are Changing Home Cooking Culture" Instructor: Brian Kim