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 2014

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A Self Portrait , Joyce Hankins

Undergraduate winner: 1st Place, 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, 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.

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Fantazja o Polskiej Fantastyce: A Fantasy about Polish Fantasy , Michal Hyrc

Undergraduate Winner: 1st Place, 2010. 23rd Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

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Summers with My Bapuji: Opening Up a World of What-Ifs , Amit Patel

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

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The Accidental Enthusiast: On Collecting World War II Books in the Internet Age , Anna Teekell Hays

Graduate Winner: 1st Place, 2010. 23rd Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

Essays from 2009

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Oj Kojtz´iban, Oj Kojk´asi´k: We Write, We Survive: The Rebirth of Maya Literacy , Doc M. Billingsley

Graduate Winner: 1st Place, 2009. 22nd Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.

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How I Won Over a Hundred Dollars Worth of Books, Inspired an Independent Study, and Became the Hero of My Homeroom , Hana Damore

Undergraduate Winner: 1st Place, 2009. 22nd Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.

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A Collection Enriched by Cultural Difference... and a Little Magic , Christina Pulles

Undergraduate Winner: 2nd Place, 2009. 22nd Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition

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From Elements to a Set , You Xu

Graduate Winner: 2nd Place, 2009. 22nd Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.

Essays from 2008

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Impossible, Infinite Illustrations , Michael Dango

Undergraduate Winner: 2nd Place, 2008. 21st Annual Carl Neureuther Student Book Collection Competition.