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MSIST Students Win Writing Award

Three Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) students have become the first winners of a $2,050 writing-excellence award for an academic paper.

Kenesha Gill, ’10; Michelle Walser, ’11; and Brad Wilkins, ’10 will share the award, which will be applied toward a semester of tuition. They collaborated on a paper titled “Managing the Knowledge of Internal Experts.”

Earlier this year, Paul Williams, a 2004 alumnus who got his PhD in Management Information Systems, launched the Semi-Annual Writing Excellence Award, with a prize to be given every spring and fall semester. With the award, Williams hopes to emphasize the importance of good writing in information systems technology programs. Williams and his wife, Washingtonian magazine publisher Catherine Merrill Williams, fund the award through the Merrill Foundation.

“The theory behind IT-related students developing their business writing hit home for me,” Walser said.  “That’s something we’ve been pushed to do, that I’m pushing to do.”

The papers were judged on writing quality, assignment compliance, grammar and style. The winning award, an assignment in a Principles of Information Systems class, looked at the implementation of knowledge management systems at two companies.

Posted by gwsb on July 15, 2010 | Filed under: GWSB News.


  1. I am very proud to say that I have worked with both Brad and Shell in the past. I can speak to the quality of their work and their dedication to excellence. The MSIST program just helps the good get better. Well done!


    Comment by Rodney Bozo — July 20, 2010 @ 12:47 pm
  2. We think so too.

    Comment by GWSB — July 20, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

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