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Graduate student won an award in the 2016 McKinney Writing Contest

Graduate student, Ainsley Pinkowitz, won first place in Graduate Poetry for the 2016 McKinney Writing Contest.

The event took place at the Biotech Auditorium on April 13, 2016, in conjunction with the Vollmer Fries Lecture by Pulitzer Prize winner, Steven Millhauser.  Besides a $300 cash prize, Ainsley also received a special prize for winning prizes in poetry for four years during her time here.  This prize has only been awarded three times in the history of the McKinney contest.  She was awarded a signed first edition copy of one of Mr. Millhauser’s books. 

The title of Ainsley’s winning submission is "It Was Easier to Love Before I Met Other Humans." The work was a collection of seven poems focusing over a range of contemporary issues like terrorism, racism, and sexism, as well as more timeless phenomena like love, heartbreak, and nostalgia.

Co-advised by both Dr. David Duquette and Dr. Robert Hull, Ainsley research uses in situ liquid cell transmission electron microscopy to probe the initiation of pitting corrosion on aluminum.