Deadline for receipt of all materials: April 15, 2019 All papers must be digitally submitted to the office, religion@iu.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.

One submission per student.

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

2018 Winners:

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Undergraduate Gallagher essay contest:

1st place: Renee Fields, "Silent Reverberations: The Quiet Resistance of Joan of Arc"

2nd place: Anna Groover, "Portrait as Panopticon: Images of Christ and Internalized Governance in Blankets"

3rd place: Alissa Haas, "Energy Healing: The Use of Reiki in Mainstream America"