Information for Students
Each year, the first-year composition program awards a prize to students who have written the best essays in ENC 1101 and ENC 1102, including the traditional, collaborative, and online models. After being nominated by an instructor, students may submit essays written for any major project in their composition classes or a series of their most engaging blog/discussion board posts written for class (copied into a single document for uploading).
Student essays or blog posts must be nominated by an instructor. If you are nominated, you will receive this nomination sheet:
However, students must upload their own work. Papers need to uploaded in the document libraries below. Here is the protocol for students:
- Open your essay document and erase your name, replacing it with your U#. Save your document.
- Sign in through the upper right of this screen. Use your NetID and password.
- After logging in, you'll see an "add document" link at the bottom of this page. Click the add document button in the appropriate library (e.g., Fall 2012 Submissions) to start the upload process, which includes an explanation of our terms of submission.
- If you are selected, you will receive a flier (Bullitzer Prize Award Sheet.doc) as notification of your prize.
Plagiarism Policy Note
Bullitzer submissions that are found to violate the USF and FYC Plagiarism Policies will be eliminated from any Bullitzer Award consideration. Moreover, the nominating teacher will be notified, and she or he will notify the student. It remains the policy of the FYC Program to uphold the academic integrity of the program, and in doing so, any student accused of an academic integirty violation may receive an "F" for the course (even if the course term has ended) or an "FF," depending on the level of violation and the extent of the student's plagiarism. Please go here for a full explanation of the policy.
"What Do I Win? Why Does This Matter?"
There is no monetary prize of formal ceremony included in this process. Students who are selected as Bullitzer Prize winners are able to specify this accomplishment on resumes and curriculum vitas (CVs) under "Awards" or "Academic Accomplishments." As such, the benefits of winning the prize are similar to any award or recognition for excellence in a given area: employers, teachers, and others who view your resume or CV will be able to see that you possess excellent written and communication skills, which are increasingly valuable skills in the contemporary workplace. Here are three models for how you can include this award on your resume or CV (dependent on the style and formatting of your document).
Winner, Bullitzer Prize, First-Year Composition Program, University of South Florida, 2012.
Bullitzer Prize, First-Year Composition Program
University of South Florida
- Awarded for my work on (nature of project)
- Winners chosen by blind reviewing committee consisting of graduate teaching associates in English
Bullitzer Prize, First-Year Composition Program
University of South Florida
In the Fall of 2012, I was awarded the Bullitzer Prize for my work on (x). Bullitzer Prizes are awarded to a select group of students who show excellence in writing and critical thinking skills as it pertains to completing projects in the First-Year Composition curriculum. Selection process was conducted by blind review of English graduate teaching associates.
2012-2013 Bullitzer Award Winners
ENC 1101, Fall
ENC 1101, Spring
Project 1: Samuel-James Batan, "Challenges of Manned Space Exploration."Sam Batan is a nineteen year old from New Jersey. He's majoring in Chemistry and hopes to pursue a career in that field, but he also enjoys writing, as it is, in his words, "a great way to relieve stress and keep my imagination active."
Project 2: Rashard C. Perry, "Body Image of Women in the Media."
Rashard C. Perry is a freshman majoring in Criminology. Raised in Massachusetts, Rashard earned a scholarship to a private boarding school in Georgia, where he played football and gained experience with high-level academic performance. Ultimately, he intends to attend graduate school in NYC and build a career in crime scene investigation.
ENC 1102, Spring
Project 1: Hannah Lay, "MINI Cooper and the Cool Kids."Hannah Lay is a Tampa native and English major at USF. Aside from writing,she enjoys reading, researching, and watching science fiction tv shows. She hopes to be a published writer and professor in the future, but in the meantime, she's enjoying being an undergrad, gaining new knowledge and getting to know her classmates and professors.
Project 2: Gabriel Malestein's "Sexual Education for Minors: A Comprehensive Solution"
Gabriel Malestein was raised an Army brat and is now majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is a proud USAF veteran and husband to an wonderful USAF wife. His goal is receive his masters in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Technical Writing.
Project 1: Madina Dyussembayeva, "Islamophobia: The 21st Century Cold War?"
Madina is an international student from Karaganda, Kazakhstan. She is a fresman at USF and is studying English with concentration in Creative Writing. After graduation, she hopes to get a job as a journalist in her homecountry. She enjoys both academic and creative writing in English and is proud to represent her culture here at USF.
Jared Austin, "The Walking Dead
: A Heavy Metal and Poetic Remediation"
Jared is from Brandon, FL. He is currently a freshman at USF and is enrolled as an International Studies major. After USF Jared plans to go on to pursue international law and hopefully one day have a say in global human rights policy making. In the meantime he enjoys being a USF Bull.
Project 3: Kristen Gutowski, "Obesity: A Disease, Eating America"
Kristen is from Philadelphia, PA. She is studying Early Childhood Education and hopes to graduate and get a job as a kindergarten teacher in her hometown. English has been her favorite subject for years.
ENC 1102, Fall
Project 1: Janae Poppa-Deis, "Light, Lean, and Green: Pursuing Women in Alcohol Advertisements"Janae is from Dayton, OH. She is a Business Management major and would like to go into event coordinating after graduation. She is a transfer student from Nova Southeastern University, and is now a SMART guide in the transfer LLC, where she fully enjoys being a USF Bull.
Project 2: Alexa Steinbrueck, "Euthanasia: When to Pull the Plug and Where to Draw the Line"Alexa is from Shrewsbury, MA. Currently a Biomedical Science major, she plans on attending medical school after her four years at USF. In the time being, she is enjoying English and Composition and being a USF Bull!
Project 3:Hollyn Hartlep, "Even Healthy Food May Be Contaimated"
Hollyn Hartlep was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. She has a great passion for traveling, meeting people of many cultures, and improving the world in anyway possible. A current undertaking of hers is to better the state of the environment, first at a local level, and eventually on a global scale.
2011-2012 Bullitzer Award Winners
ENC 1102, Summer 2012
Project 1: Guillermo De Guzman's "Punches and Kicks for the Soul"
Project 2: Matthew Itzkowitz's "Brokeback Mountain: A New Perspective through Modern Technology and Handwritten Emotional Narratives"
Project 3: Matthew Itzkowitz's "Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage: Why Marriage Equality Must Occur in the United States of America"Matthew is from Coral Springs, Florida. He is a health sciences major with aspirations to go to physical therapy school after graduation. He hopes to become a physical therapist with a focus on sports medicine. He has always enjoyed English and Composition and he looks forward to the next couple of years at USF.
Project 3: Julia Perillo's "Partnering Dance and Culture"
Project 4: Julia Perillo's
"Eight Counts of Success"Julia is from Trumbull, Connecticut. She is a BioMedical Science major and plans on attending medical school after graduation. She aspires to make a career as a psychiatrist with a focus in children psychiatry. She has always enjoyed writing and looks forward to continuing her studies at USF.
ENC 1102, Fall 2011
Project 1: Angelica Shorey's "Megan Fox in Armani Advertisement"
Currently majoring in Criminology, Angelica is pursuing a career in the legal system. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she plans on attending Stetson Law School, a nearby graduate school, for her Juris Doctorate. Her goal is to join the Florida Innocence Project in their efforts to free wrongfully convicted individuals.
Project 2: Danielle Haberer's "Whose Land Is it Anyway?"
Danielle is a Mass Communications major with a concentration in Magazine Journalism. She has been passionate about writing since she was a young child. Danielle’s future goal is to attend law school after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from USF. With that in mind, she is also considering pursuing a minor in Political Science.
Project 3: Amna Parson's "Crosswalk's Safety on Holly Drive"
Amna is an English major from Miami, Florida. She believes in accuracy and staying in the line. This is contradictory to her other belief of "being me" in my writing. I would like to be a notable writer but I think I will become a teacher to try to make others enjoy writing too.
ENC 1102, Spring 2012
Project 1: Sarah Kasprow's "Budweiser: Clydesdale (9/11 Tribute)"
Project 2: Corey Stein's "The Benefits of Homeschooling"
Project 3: Naomy Ambroise's "Underage Prostitution: Victims v. Criminals"