The Julien Clement Chase Prize

The University Writing Program is honored to announce:

The Julian Clement Chase Prize

for undergraduate writing focused on the District of Columbia


Submission date: May 22, 2017

Award ceremony: Fall 2017

This annual $1,000 prize recognizes exceptional research writing projects focused on the District of Columbia in all undergraduate classes and in all disciplines at the George Washington University.


If any of your current students are completing DC-focused projects, please let them know about this opportunity. Submissions will be accepted for undergraduate work completed in 2016-17, including but not limited to UW1020 and Writing in the Disciplines Courses, senior theses or capstone projects, and other work undertaken at the university.

Sgt. Julian Clement Chase, 22, was a native of Washington DC, and graduated in 2008 from DC’s Wilson High School. While serving with the United States Marine Corps, he was killed in action in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. He was set to matriculate as a freshman at GW in Spring 2013. Julian was born in Washington. He knew and relished his city. His family has established this prize in his honor to recognize others who explore DC with the intelligence and exuberance that he did.

Washington DC is the primary focus of the Julian Clement Chase Prize.  Writing from social sciences or humanities might engage DC in terms of place, history, neighborhoods, and cultures; students from arts might engage DC in terms of its artistic expressions or present research related to art that they have created representing DC; students from sciences might submit research projects that address quality of life issues in DC. Collaborative or team projects are welcome, with a clear explanation of how entrants worked together

To apply, submit the cover sheet (click for pdf or docx) and the research writing project as a single .pdf to [email protected] by c.o.b. on May 22, 2017.


Complete applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

·         Original research demonstrating in-depth engagement with the Washington, DC community from any discipline taught at the George Washington University, including social sciences, humanities, arts, and sciences.  

·         Clear and effective communication of ideas, including consideration of whether the project makes a contribution to the scholarship in a particular field.

·         Adherence to the academic standards of a particular field or discipline.


The winner of the Julian Clement Chase Prize will be invited to present their work as a keynote event at the University Writing Program’s Fall 2017 Research and Writing Conference.

The prize is administered by the University Writing Program. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss ways to incorporate DC-specific writing assignments in your classes for next year, please contact Associate Professor of Writing Phyllis Ryder

Thank you for your assistance in sharing this exciting prize announcement with your students and colleagues!


We look forward to collecting, reading, and celebrating the wide array of undergraduate student research about DC being conducted here at GW.

Best regards,


Phyllis Mentzell Ryder Associate Professor of Writing Deputy Director, The Writing Center

[email protected]