WIC Culture of Writing in Physics Award

The Department of Physics and the WIC program recognize the importance of writing and communication in the discipline. Each year, we choose an outstanding undergraduate essay from the WIC (Writing Intensive Curriculum) courses for special recognition. The recipient receives an award of $100 and additional recognition by the University. Honorable mentions reflect the diversity of writing in physics - experimental, theoretical, computational, qualitative and quantitative research, second language writing and more.


All participants in the WIC classes for the Physics major are eligible.


The WIC Culture of Writing in Physics Award recognizes undergraduate excellence in scientific writing. Students in PH403 write a thesis that describes and explains the scientific research conducted in the course of the thesis project. Students in PH317 write technical reports describing experiments they have performed.


Finalists for the award are chosen by the WIC instructors and the winner is decided by a committee of physics instructors.


The WIC Culture of Writing in Physics Award is due at the WIC program offices on Friday of week 9 of the Spring term. The PH403 thesis is submitted to the department on Friday of week 6. PH317 reports are due before the end of the Winter term.  The WIC award recipient is announced at the departmental awards ceremony at the end of Spring term.

Previous awards:

Year Recipient

Cameron Clonch;
Honarable mention: Jaden Downing

2020-21 Richard Puro;
Honorable mention: Jin Kiatvongcharoen, Hunter Nelson, Trevor Reid, Justin Sheetz, Rosemary Williams
2019-20 Jacob van de Lindt;
Honorable mention: McKenzie Meyer, Mai Sakuragi, Ryan Tollefsen, Dustin Treece
2018-19 Brennan Douglas;
Honorable mention: Abigail Kimbrough, John Waczak
2017-18 Christopher May
2016-17 Jeremy Meinke
2015-16 Sam Kowash
Honorable mention: Katie Banowetz, Evan Peters
2014-15 Michael Perlin
2013-14 Heather Wilson