November 20, 2015
Alex Wulff

Participate in First Undergraduate Academic Multimedia Writing Contest

ST. LOUIS - Undergraduate SLU students spend a lot of time writing outstanding papers, reports and projects. SLU undergraduates also spend a lot of time serving the community and working in support of the University's mission. This year, for the first time, there will be a contest to celebrate all of this hard work.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to compete in the Undergraduate Academic Multimedia Writing Contest to demonstrate how they have accomplished the University's Undergraduate Learning Outcomes. Students will submit a portfolio of three to six existing assignments, pieces of writing, or multimedia presentations. Students can also create a new piece of writing or multimedia presentation if they believe that will be more reflective of their learning. Each undergraduate student should have received an invitation to create a portfolio via email.

This semester the contest focuses around ways "knowledge is created and shared across forms and contexts," which is also one of the four categories organizing the Undergraduate Learning Outcomes. More information about the Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes can be found here.

Incentives: The first-place winner will receive 500 Billiken Bucks, and the second-place winner will receive 100 Billiken Bucks. The first-place winner will have one piece of her or his portfolio published in VIA, SLU's undergraduate academic research journal. Winners of the initial Fall 2015 contest will be announced in January 2016 in Newslink. More information about the contest can be found here.

Requirements: Each of the assignments, pieces of writing, or multimedia presentations will require a brief description, a cover letter reflecting on the "artifact," and a list of the learning outcomes met. All submissions must be uploaded to the student's University Academic Multimedia Writing Contest portfolio page by Dec. 18.

All submissions must be at least four double-spaced, written pages, or five minutes of a recorded presentation. Submissions must also be no more than 15 double-spaced, written pages, or 15 minutes of a recorded presentation.

The panel of judges for this contest will be made up of instructors from different colleges and schools at Saint Louis University, the director of University Writing Services and a student representative.

This contest is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Writing Services, which is housed in the Student Success Center. Email the director of University Writing Services, Alex Wulff, at or 314-977-4302, with any questions.

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