Shivani Shah, Henykumari Patel win Student Writing Flag Award

Henykumari Patel and Shivani Patel after winning the Student Writing Flag Award.
Henykumari Patel (left) and Shivani Shah (right).

This spring, the School of Undergraduate Studies honored outstanding student papers written within the last year during its second Writing Flag Awards. Texas ChE students, Shivani Shah and Henykumari Patel, won first place in the collaborative paper category. Their paper, Ethical Analysis and Report of the Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak from 2013-2015, was written for Dr. D’Arcy Randall’s CHE 333T class, Engineering Communications.

“The purpose of our paper was to analyze the ethics behind the actions that eventually led to the Blue Bell listeria outbreak,” says Shah. “This enables us to better understand how a similar tragedy could be prevented in the future.”

Paper submissions for the competition were divided into four categories: research, critical/persuasive, reflective/creative and collaborative. Winners were selected whose work best demonstrated clarity, inventiveness and intellectual rigor.

As part of the award, Shah and Patel presented excerpts of their paper at the award ceremony and reception on March 23. The winning papers have also been published in the publicly-available Texas Scholar Works archive, hosted by the Libraries.

“We are both honored and grateful to have won this award and publish our paper, but we could not have done it without our TA, Nolan Krueger; our tutors, Ashley Bird and Shezaz Hannan, and of course, our instructor, Dr. D’Arcy Randall,” says Patel.

Over 200 students submitted work they wrote for consideration in this year’s competition. Entrants were enrolled in 11 different colleges and schools and represented over 75 majors.

For a full list of all winners in each category, see the full announcement.

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