Undergraduate Essay Contests

UNDERGRADUATE BILL GALLAGHER ESSAY CONTEST

Deadline for receipt of all materials: 8:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015. All papers must be digitally submitted to Abby Gitlitz agitlitz@indiana.edu.

The Bill Gallagher contest is the department's annual undergraduate student essay contest and is open to any undergraduate. The topic is open but should deal in some direct way with issues pertinent to the study of religion. Papers need not have been written for a religious studies course. Criteria on which the papers will be judged include clarity, focus, development of the subject or problem, use of evidence and sources, originality and creativity. While the paper must be academic it may use innovative and creative styles of writing. Undergraduate papers should be 10-20 double-spaced pages in length. For students: Please make sure your name, phone number, email address, and class standing are clearly indicated on the front page. Please number subsequent pages.

Minimum of 10 pages. Students who have shorter essays from their previous and current coursework are encouraged to expand those papers for submission.

First prize $500
Second prize $300
Third prize $200

2014 Winners:

1st place: Sarah Babb, "Significant Space: Augustine and “the Mirror Stage."

2nd place: Colleen Leahy, "In Buddhism, You don’t Have to Believe Anything: Experience and the Hybridity of Modern American Zen."

3rd place: Hannah Garvey, "Productive Struggle: Miguel de Unamuno’s Model of Religious Identity."

 

UNDERGRADUATE HONORS ESSAY CONTEST

Deadline for receipt of all materials: 8:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015. All papers must be digitally submitted to Abby Gitlitz agitlitz@indiana.edu.

Awarded in Spring, on the basis of the best Honors Essay written for R499 in the current academic year.

2014 Winner: Colleen Leahy, "In Buddhism, You don’t Have to Believe Anything: Experience and the Hybridity of Modern American Zen."

 

UNDERGRADUATE HONORS ESSAY RESEARCH GRANT

Fall 2014 - Deadline for receipt of all materials: 5pm on Friday, December 12th

Awarded in the fall and the spring, on the basis of the best thesis prospectus, drafted in the first semester (R399), that outlines the research project to be completed. To be eligible, the prospectus must be submitted by the final class day of the first semester. The prize is $100 toward research expenses in the second semester (R499). Research expenses are to be approved by the student’s thesis advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. For more information contact Professor Richard Nance, Director of Undergraduate Studies at rfnance@indiana.edu.  Spring 2015 deadline: 8:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015.