The Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition encourages students at Washington University to read for enjoyment and to develop personal libraries throughout their lives.

The competition started in 1988 and the collection contains the award-winning essays of both undergraduate and graduate students from 2003 to present. Details about the Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition are announced through the University Libraries.

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Essays from 2016

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Baseless: Reassessing My Past Through Feminist Utopias , Claire M. Class

Graduate winner: 1st place, 2016, 29th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

Claire is a Ph.D. candidate in English.

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Race and Book Collecting in Colombia on the Eve of Digitization , Alex Eastman

Graduate winner: 2nd place, 2016, 29th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

Alex is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish.

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Anachronisms , Michael Henderson

Undergraduate winner: 1st place, 2016, 29th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

Michael is majoring in English.

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Life in Paper: How Words Can Build a Person , Jennifer Wu

Undergraduate winner: 2nd place, 2016, 29th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

Jennifer is majoring in communication design and philosophy-neuroscience-psychology.

Essays from 2015

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Across Seas, Across Shelves , Leona Chen

Undergraduate winner: 2nd place, 2015, 28th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

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Taking Madness off the Shelf , Rose Miyatsu

Graduate winner: 2nd place, 2015, 28th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

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Small Girl, Big Nudes: Helmut Newton and the Voyeur , Catalina Ouyang

Undergraduate winner: 1st place, 2015, 28th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

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Paul's Wife: Messages from the Past , Gabriel Shechter

Graduate winner: 1st place, 2015, 28th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

Essays from 2014

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A Self Portrait , Joyce Hankins

Undergraduate winner: 1st Place, 2014. 27th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.

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Ordering Chaos in the Novels of P.G. Wodehouse , Kelly Oman

Graduate Winner: 2nd Place, 2014. 27th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.

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Combining Fact and Fiction: My Collection of German-Jewish Writing , Corey Twitchell

Graduate Winner, 1st Place, 2014. 27th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.

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The Old-Fashioned Girls , Talya Zax

Undergraduate winner: 2nd Place, 2014. 27th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

Essays from 2013

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A Muse for Recollection: On Collecting Ancient Greek Textbooks , Brian Feldman

Undergraduate Winner: 1st Place, 2013. 26th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.

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Arturo Belano and the Storybook War , John Gauthier

Graduate Winner: 2nd Place, 2013. 26th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.

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Asthmatic and Alone: How Books Became My World , Lauren Henley

Undergraduate Winner: 2nd Place, 2013. 26th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.

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Keeping Abreast of the Literature... , Sarah Sobonya

Graduate Winner: 1st Place, 2013. 26th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.

Essays from 2012

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Notes from the Post-Apocalypse , Alexandra Barger

Undergraduate Winner: 2nd Place, 2012. 25th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

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Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be: the collected works of Haruki Murakami , Anne Jensen-Urstad

Graduate Winner: 1st Place, 2012. 25th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

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The Book-Filled Crate , Ervin Malakaj

Graduate Winner: 2nd Place, 2012. 25th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

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Life as a Joke: In Defense of the Comedic Narrative , Karina Louise Stridh

Undergraduate Winner: 1st Place, 2012. 25th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

Essays from 2011

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A Story of Life, Love, and Death , Priya Banerjee

Graduate Winner: 2nd Place, 2011. 24th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

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Secret Clubs and Schoolgirl Shamuses: Growing up with Trixie Belden , Emma Hine

Undergraduate Winner: 1st Place, 2011. 24th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

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Who's That Girl? The Many Faces of Mexican Women , Benjamin Murphy

Undergraduate Winner: 2nd Place, 2011. 24th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

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No Mere Reader: A Collection of Memories , Tanya Roth

Graduate Winner: 1st Place, 2011. 24th Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.

Essays from 2010

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A Deliciously Interesting Collection of Words , Maggie Gorman

Undergraduate Winner: 2nd Place, 2010. 23rd Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.