Honors and Awards

The First-Year Writing Program recognizes students and instructors for outstanding achievement. Learn more about these awards, including deadlines and application requirements, on the Department of English website.

Aetna First-Year Writing Award

Coordinated by the First-Year Writing Program and sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing, this award recognizes an excellent expository writing/nonfiction piece composed in a first-year writing class. It is open to first-year undergraduate students at any UConn campus and high school students participating in the Early-College Experience English program.

Aetna Graduate Teaching of Writing Award

This award is sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing and recognizes the dedication and innovation of graduate students who teach writing at the University of Connecticut. It is open to any currently-enrolled graduate student teaching a first-year writing course at UConn.