Essay Comeptition

The Competition

The Wilsonart Essay Competition recognizes IIDA Student members working towards an interior design degree with plans to pursue a career in the field. Only students participating in the Student Mentoring Program are eligible to enter the competition by submitting an original essay reflecting on their mentoring experience.

The winner will receive $1,000 courtesy of the Wilsonart Education Fund. Wilsonart will also provide roundtrip airfare and two-night hotel stay in Chicago during NeoCon. The student will also be featured on the IIDA website, the biweekly e-newsletter DesignMatters, and in the IIDA Student Member quarterly e-newsletter, QUAD.

Important Dates

Competition Opens - March 2018
Deadline to Enter - Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Central time
Winner Announced - May 2018

Entry Information

Review the official competition guidelines. Official entry information is also emailed to all Student Mentoring Program participants.


The winner and all other entrants will be notified via email in May 2018.


For questions or more information, contact Aisha Williams, senior director of industry relations & special events, at


Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition: Recipients

Laura Dolbow,
Vanderbilt University Law School, “Appropriating Agencies: How Congress Leverages Legislative History to Direct Agency Action”

Gugandeep Kaur
, Boston University School of Law,“Indian Pharmaceutical Industry’s Compliance Problems with the United States Food and Drug Administration and Proposed Solutions”

Brian T. Apel
, University of Michigan Law School, Class of 2016, “An Administrative Meter Maid: Using Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review to Curb Exclusivity Parking Via the Failure to Market Provision of the Hatch-Waxman Act.”


Matthew P. Downer, Vanderbilt University Law School, “Tentative Interpretations: The Abracadabra of Administrative Rulemaking and the End of Alaska Hunters”


Taylor M. Owings, Vanderbilt University Law School,Identifying a Maverick: When Antitrust Law Should Protect a Low-Cost Competitor


Daniel Kazhdan, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Wyeth and PLIVA: The Law of Inadequate Drug Labeling


Aaron Moore, American University Washington College of Law, "Preserving the Ark of Our Safety: How a Stronger Administrative Approach Could Save Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act"

Jasmine C. Hites
, University of Oregon School of Law, "NERC: Nuked by Constitutional Flaw?"

Connor Raso
, Yale Law School, "Do Agencies Use Guidance Documents to Avoid Presidential Control?"

Karen Weathersbee
, University of Baltimore School of Law,"Quarantine: Its Use and Limitations"

Scott Keller
, University of Texas School of Law, "Expanding Federalism Clear Statement Canons Instead of Chevron Step Zero"

Kari Bergeron
, Southern University Law Center, "Singing the Blues: Muddy Waters and the Scope of Federal Authority Over Isolated, Inland Wetlands under the Clean Water Act"


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