2019 Winston Family Honors Awards

Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!
Click here for a list of our 2019 Winston Award Winners

Established by Roger ('76, '79) and Karen Winston (’75), the annual Winston Family Honors Writing Awards recognize the best short essay, research paper, and thesis written by University of Maryland Honors College students.

Short Essay Award
Essay written for an Honors (HONR) Seminar.
Length: 5-10 pages.

Research Paper Award
Paper written for an Honors (HONR) Seminar, H-version, or H-option course.
Length: 10-30 pages.

Honors Thesis Award
Culminating research project undertaken in a departmental honors program.
Excerpt length: 20-40 pages.

Winston Awards group photo


  • Submissions for the Short Essay and Research Paper Awards must have been submitted for course credit during one of the following terms: Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, and Spring 2019.
  • Submissions for Thesis Awards must represent work from the culminating research requirement in a departmental honors program during Spring 2019.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of submission to be eligible for these awards.
  • Students must be in good standing in the Honors College to be eligible for these awards.
  • Submissions must be in an academic writing format.
  • One submission per student.

Faculty Mentors
Faculty mentors are those persons who either taught the course for which a student's essay or research paper was written (in the case of both the Short Essay and Research Paper Awards), or who are the thesis advisor for the student (in the case of the Honors Thesis Award).

Submissions will be accepted beginning February 1, 2019 and through March 31, 2019 as follows:

  • For all submissions: students must contact their faculty mentors to request a statement of support. Faculty mentors must complete a Faculty Statement Form (here) by March 31, 2019.
  • Short Essay Award and Research Paper Award submissions: complete the Student Application Form (here) and attach the paper to this form by March 31, 2019.
  • Thesis Award submissions: complete the Student Application Form (here) and attach in one file a 1-2pp. thesis abstract and a 20-40pp. thesis excerpt (preferably one or more chapters) by March 31, 2019.
  • All submissions should be revised, polished, and suitable for consideration by an awards committee comprised of readers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

Awards Luncheon
Winston Award recipients and their faculty mentors will be honored at a luncheon on May 3, 2019. Awardees will receive a monetary prize and a certificate. Awardees and mentors will also be celebrated on the Honors College website and social media accounts.

Contact us at WinstonAwards@umd.edu

About the Awards
The annual Winston Family Honors Writing Awards were established to recognize Honors student writing and to acknowledge the central role that faculty members play in mentoring Honors College students. We are grateful to Roger Winston ('76), Karen Winston (’75), and their daughter Emily Winston (’06) whose generous gift provides these merit awards. We deeply appreciate the Winston family’s investment in academic excellence and their commitment to University Honors, the Honors College, and the University of Maryland.