AUSTIN, Texas – Catherine Cleary, a rhetoric and writing senior, is the recipient the 2014 UT System Regents' Outstanding Student Award in the Arts & Humanities for UT Austin. Cleary received the award for poety writing.
In addition to a monetary award of $1,500 given to the rhetoric and writing department in her name, Cleary and the other recipients (Samantha Jones of UT Arlington and Alison Ochoa of UT San Antonio) will be recognized at the UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on May 15.
In February 2012, The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities to recognize student achievement in these areas. To acknowledge student achievement in the arts and humanities, The University of Texas System Board of Regents will commend outstanding students and student groups excelling in one of three areas: the musical arts, the visual arts and creative writing. The specific area for recognition varies each year. In 2014, The UT System Board of Regents recognized student excellence in creative writing.
The awards program is designed to provide a framework that fosters excellence in student performance, rewards outstanding students, stimulates the arts and humanities and promotes continuous quality in education.
In response to the call for nominations and after a rigorous campus-level review, the president of each UT System forwarded the names of the most qualified condidates for consideration. An external review committee comprised of creative writing experts evaluated the nominations and selected the three winners, Cleary the lone winner for poetry.