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Undergraduate Awards and Honors

You work hard, and you deserve recognition. We get that. We see your talents. Whether you’re an aspiring poet, critic, novelist, activist, or researcher, we see the work you do. And we want everyone else to see it too. The English Department’s undergraduate awards highlight your successes and reward your endeavors. We award cash prizes and scholarships for the essays you write, the poems and stories you create, and the work you do. Our awards include a variety of scholarships ranging from $200 to full tuition. Some are self-nominated and others are chosen by faculty - see below for the full list of awards and their descriptions. The icing on the cake: we’ll even induct eligible students into UIC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society.

Recent Undergraduate Recipients Heading link

Sheri Tarrer, 2022 recipient

“The English Department’s Faculty is unparalleled when it comes to knowledge, diligence, and kindness. I’ve always felt safe and heard within the English Department, I couldn’t have imagined a better place to call home during my time here at UIC.”

-Sheri Tarrer

Shelby Taylor, 2022 recipient

“The English department is such a great place to be at UIC because there are so many different avenues you can explore! I am thankful to be encouraged and supported by every faculty member I encounter in my exploration; it’s clear they want everyone to succeed.”

-Shelby Taylor