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 2020-2021
The 2020-2021 year's Boothe Prize book is available as a PDF.
PWR Winners for 2020-2021
- Ciara Locker (Winner, Spring 2020). "Building Biosecurity: Examining the Rhetoric of Bioterrorism in Post-9/11 America." Instructor: Mutallip Anwar.
- Abigal Van Neely (Honorable Mention, Spring 2020). "The Pedagogy of Values: The Role of Culture and Experience in Education Inequity." Instructor: Lisa Swan.
- Anonymous. (Winner, Fall 2020). "When Never Again' Becomes 'Yet Again': Advocating for International Cooperation and Multilaterialism to End the Uyghur Genocide." Instructor: Mutallip Anwar.
- Cole Lee (Honorable Mention, Fall 2020). "Freedom within Bounds: How is Cultural Production Reshaped on Tiktok?" Instructor: Harriett Jernigan.
- Rachel Clinton (Winner, Winter 2021). "Diversity and Exclusion: Exploring the HIgher Education Success Gap between U.S.-Origin and Immigrant-Origin Black Students." Instructor: Lisa Swan.
- Mia Cano (Honorable Mention, Winter 2021). "Pipe Dreams: A Critical Evaluation of the STEM Pipeline Metaphor." Instructor: Lisa Swan.