Vanderbilt Writing Studio hosts 15th annual Undergraduate Writing Symposium March 31

At a research university, writing is an activity essential to not just communication and learning, but also to the pursuit of knowledge and creative exploration of ideas. That’s why the Writing Studio has chosen “Writing as Discovery” as the theme for its 15th annual Undergraduate Writing Symposium, which will be Friday, March 31, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Commons Center Multipurpose Room.   

The event, open to all and co-sponsored by The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, is structured around student presentations and creates a space for the Vanderbilt community to honor undergraduates’ achievements as writers, scholars and thinkers.  

On March 31, brief opening remarks from Tiffiny Tung, vice provost for undergraduate education, will kick off the event at 3:15 p.m., followed by panels of student presenters at 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 5 p.m., with a reception to follow. 

This year’s inspiring set of 16 undergraduate presenters includes first-year authors—who will share and discuss essays composed during their first semester at Vanderbilt—as well as upper-division students presenting on their honor theses, independent study projects and other advanced writing and research. 

The full schedule and program of presenters is on the 2023 Undergraduate Writing Symposium page. 

Please RSVP here. 

All questions about the Undergraduate Writing Symposium should be directed to the Writing Studio at