The Conlon Awards are given annually to the best analytical writing by a first-year student. These awards commemorate Michael J. Conlon, a former Writing Center Consultant. The winners are chosen by a committee of students who are Peer Consultants from the Writing Center.
The 2022 Conlon Awards
1st Prize: Wendy Wang: “Can You Hear The Bauhinia Cry?”
2nd Prize: Nora Ryan: "Inhumanity Personified"
3rd Prize: Sabiha Khatun: "Overcoming Patriarchal Norms: How the Barbi-Verse Addresses Femininity"
The 2021 Conlon Awards
1st Prize: Julian Brodsky: "COVID-19: The Virus Infecting Workplace Gender Equality."
2nd Prize: Emily Magoon: "Gender and Politics: Equal, But Not Really."
3rd Prize: Derek Son: "Shame and Politics Converge: How the Comfort Woman Statue Serves as a Space of Engagement."
The 2019 Conlon Awards
1st Prize: Martina Garabedian: "Pragmatism: the Philosophical Concept Which Will Never Become Obsolete."
2nd Prize: Daniel Eisen: "Gender and Suicide Rates: What Role does Society Play?"
3rd Prize: Saanya Jhaveri: "Is Blind Recruitment the Answer?"
The 2018 Conlon Awards
1st Prize: Cassandra Quintiliano: "Within a Leopoldian Community: Van Der Post's Understanding of Equality in the Human-Animal Relationship."
2nd Prize: Sydney Dowling: "As Above, So Below."
3rd Prize: Rex Ciavola: "The Marine Plastic Pollution Imperative: Unsustainable."
The 2017 Conlon Awards
Rhetoric I winner: Oussama Ouadani: "A Quivering Tailpipe: Cars and Their Thematic Significance."
Rhetoric II winner: Aiswarya Arul: "The Remnants of the Civil War."
AHS winner: Julianne Jeon: "Blurred Lines: History and Propagancda."
The 2016 Conlon Awards
1st Prize: Lucy Culleton: "The Virgin Double-Entendre."
2nd Prize: Adam Kershner: "Fourth Wall Fallen: An Examination of Metafiction in Literature and Cinema."
3rd Prize: Ashley Tango: "Why do we Keep 'Man's Best Friend' on a Leash?"
The 2015 Conlon Awards
1st Prize: Emily Purdom: "All Walser's World's a Stage."
2nd Prize: Shae Eldridge: "Feminism versus Motherhood."
3rd Prize: Yash Raj Agrawal: "Faceless."
The 2014 Conlon Awards
1st Prize: Rebekah Wade: "Instructions on How to Fall Asleep."
2nd Prize: Yulkendy Valdez: "Living Death: Examining the Ambiguities of Dying in The Tiger's Wife."
3rd Prize: Jacqueline Genova: "Tolkein's Revelation of Recovery."
The 2013 Conlon Awards
1st Prize: Maya Lacy: "A Place Where There Isn't Any Trouble: Dorothy Gale's Domestic Destination."
2nd Prize: Alexis Yioulos: "Wandering As an Act of Defiance."
3rd Prize: Pimprapat Snidvongs Na Ayudhay: "The Dynamic Self through the Eyes of Scott McCann."