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Winston Family Honors Awards

Established by Roger ('76, '79) and Karen Winston (’75), the annual Winston Honors Wriiting Awards recognize the best essays, research papers, and theses written by honors students.

2020 Winston Winners Announcement

The Honors College 2020 Winston Family Award Winners

Winston Family Honors Awards categories

Short Essay Award:

Essay written for an Honors (HONR) Seminar.
Length: 1,500-2,500 words (double-spaced)

Research Paper Award:

Paper written for an Honors (HONR) Seminar, H-version, or H-option course.
Length: 2,500-7,500 words (double-spaced)

Honors Thesis Award:

Culminating research project undertaken in a departmental honors program.
Excerpt length: 5,000-10,000 words (double-spaced)


  • Submissions for the Short Essay and Research Paper Awards must have been submitted for course credit during one of the following terms: Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020.
  • Submissions for Thesis Awards must represent work from the culminating research requirement in a departmental honors program during Spring 2020.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of submission to be eligible for these awards.
  • Students must have a cummulative GPA of 3.0 or higher 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 through April 19, 2020 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 by April 19, 2020.
  • Short Essay Award and Research Paper Award submissions: complete the Student Application Form and attach the paper to this form by April 19, 2020.
  • 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 April 19, 2020.
  • 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
Although the luncheon is canceled this year, Winston Award 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.

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.
Questions? Please contact us at

Winston Family Honors Faculty Award

This award recognizes outstanding faculty advising, mentorship and supervision of University of Maryland Honors students. Nominees must be tenure-track or professional-track faculty members who serve, or have served as departmental honors directors and/or undergraduate thesis advisors. The recipient will receive a $1,200 award. Department chairs or their designees should submit letters of nomination to Questions? Please email Stephan Blatti at