Essay prize competition

30th August 2017

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Submissions are open for two Wadham College prizes, each worth £200, rewarding original essays on any subject.


Wadham undergraduate entries to the College Prize in the Sciences and Mathematics and Cheney Prize in the Arts and Social Sciences must be submitted before Friday 13 October 2017.

Submissions, which may be in the form of an essay or another form appropriate to the subject, should be no longer than 3,000 words, excluding references.

The subject of the work is entirely open, and work may derive from the author’s course of study. However tutorial essays or written work prepared specifically to meet a university requirement will not be considered. Judges are looking for originality, clarity and cogency in the entries, which may be published in the Wadham Gazette.

Previous winning essays for the College Prize in Sciences and Mathematics have included: ‘Should we Believe in the Big Bang?’; ‘Study on Co-infections in Dengue Patients in Singapore’; and ‘The Synthesis of Noble Gas Compounds – Making the Unreactive React’. Essays winning the Cheney Prize in the Arts and Social Sciences have included ‘The End of the Assizes’ and ‘Why did the Reconstruction fail in the southern United States after the American Civil War?’.

Submissions will be considered for whichever prize is most appropriate given the subject matter of the submission (rather than according to the author’s subject in Schools).

Authors should submit their work to Essays will be submitted to the judges anonymously. The winning entries may be published in the Wadham College Gazette.

Please note that the competition is open only to undergraduates who will be in their second, third or fourth year in the first week of Michaelmas term 2017.

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