Academic Affairs


Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Winners of the University Writing Awards!

We invite UW-Whitewater faculty and instructional academic staff members to nominate students for the University-wide awards for outstanding undergraduate student writing. Papers, essays, and other types of written assignments completed by undergraduate students to meet a course requirement will be accepted. Instructors may nominate up to two papers per class section.

Nominations now being accepted for papers from classes offered during Spring, Summer or Fall 2022.  The deadline for submissions will be March 24, 2023. 

Instructors should submit papers electronically using the web form available at   (login required).

Submissions are accepted in the following categories:


Expository Essays

short analytical or persuasive papers and exams

Research Papers

quantitative or qualitative research papers

Creative Writing

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, multi-genre pieces

Journalistic Writing

newspaper articles, television or radio copy, investigative reporting

Reflective Writing

personal reflections and responses

Scientific or Technical Writing

field reports, lab reports, manuals

Professional Writing

case studies, lesson plans, business plans, grant proposals, resume letters

Reviews and Critiques

book, media, performance or art exhibit reviews; literary critiques

Marketing Communications

ads, press releases, direct-marketing pieces

Freshman Writing

any writing listed above and written by a freshman


includes multiple author projects

Writing Matters: A Guide to UWW Writing Matters [PDF]

For more information, please contact Dr. Jolly Emrey, Chair of the University Writing Awards Committee, (262) 472-1124, or

The McGraw Award is the university's top student award. Arthur McGraw, former dean of the School of Graduate Studies, created the award in 1985 to honor outstanding student achievement. The award is presented annually, with the recipient receiving a $500 honorarium. 

To be eligible, a student must have completed 60 credits from UW-Whitewater with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in their major and be actively involved in university and community organizations. A selection committee reviews the applicants. McGraw suggested the award should recognize "an outstanding, well rounded UW-Whitewater graduate ready for the world of professional work and one who potentially appears ready to contribute in a positive way to society."

Please select the  2024 McGraw Award for Student Excellence link to learn more about this award.

  • For student applicants the  McGraw Award for Student Excellence Application is due to the Dean’s Office for your College.
  • Each College will establish a screening process and submit a  maximum of five of the best qualified candidates to the University Selection Committee  no later than 12:00 p.m. on March 1, 2024.
  • The University Selection Committee will select the recipient of the award  no later than March 29, 2024.

Please contact Brian Bredeson (, Career Services, for further information.

The Student Award for Leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is intended to recognize either a UW-Whitewater student or student organization based on the following criteria:

  • The student or organization has demonstrated a long-term commitment to inclusion and diversity at UW-Whitewater through a multiplicity of engagement and across disciplines/programs
  • The student or organization has played an active leadership role in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on campus or in the Greater Whitewater Community

Deadline for nominations: January 31

Individuals are allowed to submit multiple nominations for any or all awards (a separate nomination form is required for each nomination). The Chancellor's Committee on Inclusive Excellence then determines the award recipients based on these nominations. Awards are presented during the Spring Diversity Forum.

Nomination form

Past recipients:

2022 - Ashley Munoz (Disabilities Studies) & Adah Muwonge (Letters & Sciences)

2021 - The Association for Graduate Students of Color

2020 - Laura Piña (International Studies) & Destiny Tillman (Sociology)

2019 - Marco Marquez (Communication)