Winners of essay competition announced by University Libraries

Four students have been named winners of the 24th annual Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition, sponsored by Washington University Libraries.

The Neureuther competition offers prizes to two undergraduate students and two graduate students who write short essays about their personal book collections. A first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $500 are awarded at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The book collection can be on any subject and should reflect the owner’s intellectual or personal interests.

In the undergraduate category, two Arts & Sciences students were awarded first and second prize. Sophomore English major Emma Hine won first place for her essay “Secret Clubs and Schoolgirl Shamuses: Growing Up with Trixie Belden.” Second place went to senior Spanish major Benjamin Murphy for “Who’s That Girl? The Many Faces of Mexican Women Writers.”

In the graduate student category, Tanya Roth, a doctoral candidate in history in Arts & Sciences, won first place for “No Mere Reader: A Collection of Memories.” Priya Banerjee, a doctoral candidate in psychology in Arts & Sciences, won second place for “A Story of Life, Love, and Death.”

Judging was conducted by a panel of volunteers drawn from the faculty of Washington University and the St. Louis community.

To read the winning essays, visit

The Neureuther competition is made possible by the financial contributions of Carl Neureuther, a 1940 WUSTL graduate. The contest is designed to encourage students to read for enjoyment and to develop personal libraries or book collections throughout their lives.

For more information about the Neureuther competition, visit or contact Evie Hemphill at (314) 935-6569 or