The College of Letters and Science is pleased to announce the recipient of the annual Liberal Arts Scholarship offered by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Adrienne Gruber, a biology major in the College of Letters and Science has won the $1,000 award. Her essay was characterized by the judges as clearly demonstrating an understanding of the significance of a liberal arts education.
This year's essay prompt, in conjunction with the UW System Liberal Arts Scholarship competition, asked applicants to respond to the following:
Discuss a time in your college education when you have made connections between a humanities class and a science class that have resulted in unexpected and meaningful insights. Feel free to go beyond your own experiences by discussing essays/commentaries on this topic by other writers or speakers you've encountered in college.
Described as "highly motivated" by one of her professors, Adrienne provides a perceptive discussion of the prompt in her essay entitled "A New Kind of Vision." She discusses how a science course and a literature course, taken in the same semester, taught her to "look at vision in two distinct ways."
Adrienne discusses her goal of becoming an optometrist. She also writes about the correlation between physical vision and vision with respect to ideas. " Vision, when it deals with your eyes, can be negatively affected by eye disease, and vision in literature can be oppressed if it opposes social norms."
We extend our sincerest congratulations to Adrienne Gruber, and we offer our best wishes as she continues her studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Click on the link above to read her winning essay in its entirety.