Now in its 36th year, Signatures is RIT's free, award-winning, student-run undergraduate literary and arts magazine. As a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the College of Art & Design (CAD), Signatures has won numerous awards, including the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Gold Star Award in 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 as well as the 2012 Design Award from ArtiST (Art in Science and Technology). We strive to show off the best of the best in student work, from poetry to painting to illustration to furniture design, and to encourage the liberal, performing, and creative arts at RIT and in the larger Rochester community.
The English Department hosts the newly launched Center for Engaged Storycraft (CES), an interdisciplinary center that exploits the potential of story and craft, in combination, to support research, creative production, education, civic partnerships, and professional workshops, all of which work to engage scholars, communities, and students in and through innovative practices and applications of story, story-based analytics, and technical craft.
This award is for a graduating undergraduate student demonstrating excellence in the study of literature.
Open to one currently enrolled, graduating RIT student
Nominations are made by English Department faculty
Nominations made for students meeting these requirements:
Minimum of 3.5 GPA in ENGL courses
Exceptional contribution to RIT that draws on ENGL coursework and/or the study of literature
Application must include:
Three best examples of the student’s accomplishments in the field of English and study of literature (e.g., top three papers, papers and presentations, papers and student group or extracurricular activities related to literature)
Student-compiled portfolio of work in all ENGL courses taken
Letter of recommendation/support from at least two English Department faculty
The Kearse awards recognize students who have written the most outstanding research papers or projects in areas of study in the College of Liberal Arts. There is one faculty-nominated awardee from each COLA department. Henry J. and Mary Geirin Kearse, lifelong advocates of education, endowed the award.
Open to currently enrolled RIT students for papers written in College of Liberal Arts courses
One awardee from each COLA department
Student writing projects are nominated by English Department faculty, who select one to represent the department
Administered by the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office
Annual nomination (by faculty) deadline in March
Winners are presented their awards at the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Writing Awards in April
The McKenzie Prize honors students from First Year Writing courses for comprehensive portfolios of writing, research and critical reflections. Submissions are open to faculty nominations or student self-nominations. The award is administered by the University Writing Program.
Open to currently enrolled RIT students for work completed in an RIT First Year Writing course
Open to faculty nominations or student self-nominations
Administered by faculty of the University Writing Program, based on a full writing portfolio of work including multiple drafts, revisions and a reflection statement
Annual nomination deadline in February
Winners are awarded at the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Writing Awards in April