First Year Composition Program ready to host annual Showcase of Student Writing April 10

Students talk to Michael Day, director of the First Year Composition Program, at a previous Showcase of Student Writing.

Students talk to Michael Day, director of the First Year Composition Program, at a previous Showcase of Student Writing.

The First Year Composition Program will host its annual Showcase of Student Writing (SSW) from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom.

The showcase provides a forum for hundreds of students in various English classes to share their research with a public audience.

Students present their projects through a combination of visual and written materials, often including a participatory element for audience members, such as games, polls and quizzes.

“We expect to have about 500 students presenting their work,” said Alison Lukowski, a Ph.D. candidate in English and SSW committee chair. “The showcase demonstrates engaged learning by presenting research topics that directly affect NIU students, the DeKalb Community or the country at large.”

First-, second- and third-place cash prizes will be awarded during a 4:45 p.m. ceremony. For more information, contact Lukowski at alukowski@niu.edu or visit the showcase website.

The First Year Composition Program at NIU prepares students for participation in the academic and professional discourses that they will encounter in their undergraduate studies.

To that end, the program develops students’ abilities to read and think critically and to write meaningfully in response to what they read. The writing process is viewed as a way for students to develop their thoughts, to create meaning and to construct texts that address personal, public and professional issues.

For more information, call (815) 753-1607 or email dsmith24@niu.edu.

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