Chesler Prize

The Chesler Prize provides a one-time award to an outstanding English major who is a senior working on a senior thesis. The selected thesis chapter will demonstrate exceptional writing and analytical skills. (Creative writing theses are excluded.) Essays must contain a cover page and be submitted in PDF format

Alan Chesler, BS, 1985, MS, 1987 established this prize in recognition of high caliber of writing and communication skills he learned as an English major at UW-Madison.

Apply for the Chesler Prize by using your campus NetID and password and clicking on the Sign In button on the top-right corner of this screen.

Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards and prizes. It is recommended that students contact the financial aid office to learn about impact on current aid packages prior to applying.

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Department of English
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you writing a senior thesis for your English major? (Writing a senior thesis is required for this scholarship; Creative Writing theses are excluded.)
  2. Briefly describe how this thesis chapter fits into your senior thesis as a whole. Include the title of your thesis, as well as the title of your chapter.
  3. I understand that a cover sheet for my uploaded thesis chapter must include my full name, my year in school, the title of the thesis, and the title of the chapter. I also understand that my uploaded thesis and cover page must be in PDF format. (Creative Writing theses are excluded.)
  4. Please upload your chapter with cover page here in PDF format. The cover sheet for your uploaded thesis chapter must include full name, year in school, the title of the thesis, and the title of the chapter.
  5. I authorize the release of information contained in my student records at University of Wisconsin-Madison to the appropriate scholarship selection committee for the purpose of evaluation and scholarship award selection. This can include high school, other institution, and UW-Madison course and grade information; UW-Madison academic and non-academic actions; test scores; admissions application content and financial aid information.