Academic Writing Contest 2016 審査結果


2016年度は、高校生部門1件、大学生部門16件、通信教育課程部門4件の合計21件の応募がありました。 審査結果と講評は以下のとおりです。

=== 所長賞 Director's Prize ===

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=== 高校生部門 High School Division ===

▼優秀賞 First Prize

岡野 雄士 (志木高等学校2年)
「Developmental Plasticity of CNS Stem Cells: Implications for Neurodevelopmental/Psychiatric Diseases 」

▼次席 Honorable Mention

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=== 大学生部門 Undergraduate Division ===

▼優秀賞 First Prize

柴田涼子 (経済学部 1年)
「Ensuring Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: How Foreign Aid Can Be Undermined」

▼次席 Honorable Mention

該当者なし

=== 通信教育部生部門 Correspondence Course Division===

▼優秀賞 First Prize

該当者なし

▼次席 Honorable Mention

該当者なし

※ 所属・学年は2016年度のものです。

審査委員長より講評


 The judges of the academic writing contest were on the whole pleased with the results this year. We received a number of quite interesting papers on fascinating topics. In addition, most of the participants did a good job of citing their sources carefully throughout the paper, and most were successful in creating a well-formatted list of references. Furthermore, it was clear that the authors of the majority of the papers had read a good deal on their topics and given their topics a lot of thought.

 In spite of that however, it is also true that a number of problems were in evidence in many of the papers. For example, many of the papers did not contain a clear thesis statement. Without a clear thesis statement, it is very difficult to build a coherent and persuasive argument. It is also difficult to make it clear to the reader what is original about one’s own point of view. On the other end of the spectrum, some papers contained original ideas, but they failed to make it clear in what way their ideas did or did not resemble the work that has already been done on the topic by other scholars. When we write a research paper, we are participating in a community of scholars. While it is important to develop one’s own point of view on one’s topic, it is also important to explain how that topic has been discussed and analyzed by scholars previously. Finally, it is important to develop a unified and coherent argument. It is common for students to include an excessive amount of ‘background information’ that is not really necessary or relevant to one’s argument. This mistake was also observed in several of the papers.

 Nevertheless, as I mentioned at the outset, overall we were quite impressed with the results. Writing a research paper in one’s own native language is difficult enough; writing a research paper in a foreign language is quite a challenge. We were pleased to see that so many students had succeeded in writing a well-formatted, well thought out and well researched paper in English.