Phi Beta Kappa is pleased to announce its Twenty-fifth Annual General Education
Essay Competition for first-year students and sophomores, as well as the Fifteenth
Annual Competition for
juniors and seniors sponsored by the Humanities Program. The Phi Beta Kappa competition
was initiated by Professor Barbara Cooper to encourage freshmen and sophomores
in general education
courses to strive for excellence in written work.
Each competition will award
a first prize of $100 and up to two additional prizes of $50 at the Phi Beta
Kappa initiation ceremony on May 11, 2013
for superior essays of no more than 3000 words, written as regular
assignments in general education courses offered in fall 2012 or spring 2013.
Essays submitted in courses
offered during spring semester 2012 are also eligible, but only if their due
date was subsequent to April 15, 2012. The deadline for submission of essays
is Monday, April 22, 2013. Essays must be
endorsed in a statement by the instructor of the course.
Essays will be judged
on depth of analysis, clarity of thesis, originality of thinking, synthesis
of evidence, clarity of
expression, correct usage, and organization. Submissions should be scholarly
essays rather than personal narratives.
For further details, contact by email Prof. Scott Smith (Classics) or contact by calling 862-2388.