2019 PDSA Recipient - Ellen Stenstrom

Ellen Stenstrom.

Ellen Stenstrom

Libertyville, Illinois | Creative Writing and English Literature Double Major

Whether it is her writing about tropes of female hysteria or her research on "Reconsidering the 'Unreliability' and Treatment of a Mentally Ill Narrator," one nominator wrote that Ellen weaves together insightful and wide-reaching arguments that challenge peers and faculty in her courses.

After a semester as an undergraduate associate for a linguistics course, Ellen worked with the Howe Writing Center to design and start a new position: writing associates. These positions are now a permanent feature of the Writing Center’s offerings and help individual professors by holding out-of-class writing workshops and individual writing consultations with students in the course. Ellen also served for three years as undergraduate associate for the same UNV 101 instructor, continually finding innovative ways to help first year students in their transition to college. 

Ellen has also been deeply involved with Miami’s Collegiate Chorale, going well beyond the academic and organizational requirements of membership.  She currently serves as the vice president and has played a key role in organizing outreach tours in Columbus, Indianapolis, Nashville, Chicago and Atlanta. A common thread through all of these accomplishments is a dedication to bring her best self to every endeavor. She exudes compassion and positivity to those around her.