DNR graduate student, Darrick Evensen, and undergraduate, Prabudhya Bhattacharyya, have been awarded the Gertrude Spencer Portfolio honorable mention. This prize is awarded to a graduate student and his undergraduate student for outstanding achievement in the development of a portfolio of essays for a First-Year Writing Seminar. This Award is given in memory of Gertrude Spencer, recognizing a student’s growth in writing ability over the course of the semester.
Bhattacharyya’s portfolio in Evensen’s seminar, NTRES 1200: Environmental Risks in Our Backyards: Communication and Ethics, demonstrated constant improvement over a range of varied writing styles. He showed excellence in analysis and writing in: a rhetorical analysis of Silent Spring, a critique of Thoreau’s moral philosophy, a press release (written as if from a government agency), a policy brief (written as if from a university faculty member), and a creative final project that included artwork conveying a political message about climate change, along with an interpretive essay.