Essay competition open

29th June 2020

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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 16 October 2020.

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, the only requirements being that the subject and its manner of treatment should have been chosen unaided by the author, and the work should not have been marked by any senior member. The work may derive from the author’s course of study, but tutorial essays or written work prepared specifically to meet a university requirement will not be considered. Equally, submissions may deal with a subject quite distinct from the university syllabus. Work prepared for presentation in any seminar or discussion group organised primarily by undergraduate students is welcome. Work that has previously been successful in earlier competitions for University or College prizes is not eligible.

Previous winning essays for the College Prize in Sciences and Mathematics have included: ‘The conditions for any connective to be expressively adequate in propositional logic’ and ‘A Chlamydia Vaccination Programme in the UK: Lessons from 11 years of HPV Immunization’.  Essays winning the Cheney Prize in the Arts and Social Sciences have included: ‘What does an analysis of Marvel’s Black Widow character reveal about the dissemination of America’s Cold War propaganda through popular culture?’ and ‘A social catastrophe? An Analysis of the Dissolution of Evesham Abbey’.

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 2020.

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