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 2013-2014
Each year's Boothe Prize book is available as a PDF.
PWR Winners for 2013-14
- Brian Do (Winner, Spring 2013): "Immediate Healthcare Interventions: A Path to Prosperity in Sub- Saharan Africa" Instructor: Jennifer Stonaker
- Brian Hie (Honorable Mention, Spring 2013): "Gene Transfer to Remix: A Search for Copyright Reform in a Digital World" Instructor: Chris Gerben
- Ruizhe (Thomas) Zhao (Winner, Fall 2013): "Word for Word: Culture's Impact on the Localization of Japanese Video Games" Instructor: Christine Alfano
- Virginia Rose La Puma (Winner, Winter 2014): "On the Brain and Accountability: The Role of the Neuroscience in the Courtroom" Instructor: Kathleen Tarr
- Sam Kurland (Honorable Mention, Winter 2014): ""Red Lines" and the Syrian Civil War: The Power of a President" Instructor: John Lee