Congratulations to the six top essay writers in the "Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" First Year Reading Experience essay contest. Though the book inspired many first year Bucknellians to respond, these students' essays stood out as the most creative and thoughtful, and we are delighted to recognize their work:

For their efforts, each of the finalists will receive two books, a congratulatory meal with Dean Susan Lantz, President John Bravman, and Provost Mick Smyer, and a chance to meet the book's author, Rebecca Skloot, when she comes to speak on campus.

Amy Patterson

Essay excerpt: "It is extremely interesting, yet also frightening to analyze this novel from the view point of someone in the medical field today. As an Emergency Medical Technician, it is horrifying to think that all of the issues raised in Rebecca Skloot's novel, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, are fairly recent and have not completely subsided today. The conditions of hospitals have skyrocketed in many places, but there will always be institutions with more lax rules than others. " (read the full essay)