Zoe Levin, a rising sophomore in the McKelvey School of Engineering, has been awarded the Dean James E. McLeod First-Year Writing Prize from the College of Arts & Sciences and the College Writing Program.

The program, which had more than 100 entries this year, awards a prize to one Arts & Sciences student and one student from outside of Arts & Sciences for an original research paper that explores some aspect of race, gender and/or identity. The other winner was Jewel Evans, an Arts & Sciences student, for her essay, "Commodifying Diversity: The Danger of Racial Capitalism on Student Growth in Higher Education."

Levin, who is majoring in computer science with a minor in music, won for her essay, "Cool Kids, Camp, and Keeping Calm: Taylor Swift's Attempt to Address Homophobia." Her essay is published on Open Scholarship and, in August, will be published in the inaugural issue of Remake.

There were two honorable mentions and nine semi-finalists. Prizes will be awarded in a fall ceremony.

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