Writing Contests

Writing Prizes for
Undergraduate Engineering Students

The George M. Landes Prize (up to $2000)

This award is presented annually to an undergraduate student who demonstrates excellence in both technical work and the presentation of that work in written or graphic form. The prize is in memory of George M. Landes, a 1977 graduate of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Ford Motor Company engineer who was killed in an automobile accident in 1981.

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The Cooley Writing Contest (up to $2000)

In his will, the late Dean Mortimer Cooley left funds to be used in the Engineering College to support the Cooley Writing Contest for undergraduates in Engineering. The contest committee invites students to submit entries in one or both of the following categories:

  • Category 1: Essays on any topic which live up to the spirit of Dean Cooley’s will
  • Category 2: Fiction, Drama
  • Category 3: Study Abroad
  • Category 4: Common Reading Experience

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Mack Contest (up to $1000)

This award will be presented to an undergraduate student for the best essay or paper on any subject except strictly engineering subjects.

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All Engineering undergraduates are eligible who are enrolled for at least one term between January 2017 and January 2018. The deadline for all three contests is 12pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Questions can be directed to:

Mary Gilbert, Sr. Administrative Assistant
Technical Communication Program Office
301 Gorguze Family Laboratory
764-1427 or maryagt@umich.edu