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English Major Places in National Writing Competition

Bettina Bowers
Bettina Bowers wrote her award-winning paper in an English class taught by Dr. William Hamilton.

English major Bettina Bowers’ first crack at writing a research paper turned out to be a real winner. Her paper “Mandatory Vaccinations in the United States” won second place in the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Competition in Creative and Scholarly Writing.

The contest was open to undergraduates attending institutions that have a Delta Epsilon Sigma chapter. Manuscripts were submitted in five categories: poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction/personal essay, critical/analytical essay, and scholarly research.

Delta Epsilon Sigma is the national scholastic honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. The honor society was founded in 1939 to recognize academic accomplishments, to foster scholarly activities, and to encourage a sense of intellectual community among its members. Today, there are more than 38,000 members and 119 chapters.

“I won locally in the research category and then Dr. Kovach sent all of our pieces on for the national competition,” Bowers explained. Claudia Kovach is the faculty advisor for Neumann’s Delta Epsilon Sigma chapter.

Bowers decided to research and write about the need for children to have mandatory vaccinations. She was interested in the topic and wanted to become more educated on the subject.

“I took a stance for vaccinating and through my research that became something I was passionate about,” she said.

Bowers, a junior who is also majoring in secondary education, wrote the paper for her English 102 class with Dr. William Hamilton. “I love writing and I would like to be an English teacher in either a middle school or high school,” Bowers said.

Typically Bowers writes short stories and poetry so writing a research paper was not something she had a lot of experience with.

“This was very different for me. I wasn’t used to that type of writing at all. This class broke it up into a lot of steps and that made it easier to complete,” she noted.

Bowers, who is from Springfield, PA, transferred to Neumann from Temple University.

View the research paper (pdf)



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