University of Rochester
Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies

FDI Prize Guidelines

THE 2013-14 FREDERICK DOUGLASS PRIZE

The Frederick Douglass Prize is a college-wide contest to select the best undergraduate research paper in the broad area of African and African American Studies. To encourage undergraduate research in African and African American Studies, the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies will offer a $500 Prize for the best Research Paper in AAS.

ELIGIBILITY:

Contest opened to all undergraduates at the University of Rochester.

RESEARCH TOPICS:

Topics in the broad area of African and African-American Studies. Interdisciplinary work is especially encouraged.

ESSAY FORMAT:

Paper length should not exceed 25 pages and should be the students' own research and/or a close analysis of text. Essay may be developed from any disciplinary point of view and may take the form of an analysis that is historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, biographical or sociological. Paper should be the result of the student's work in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013. Only one essay per student per contest year may be submitted.

FACULTY SPONSOR:

A Faculty Sponsor is required to review the student's essay, fill out a Faculty Sponsor Form, and write a letter of support. Any interested professor may act as a Faculty Sponsor for a student who wishes to enter the essay contest. Faculty Sponsors should only endorse thought-provoking, well-written essays that fall within the contest guidelines.

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