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Paper Competition

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Association promotes outstanding scholarship among graduate students by sponsoring the annual Paper competition. Research may be presented in any of the six categories detailed below:

PAPER A: Sciences/Mathematics/Engineering/Health Sciences

PAPER B: Liberal Arts/Education/Business/Journalism

The program will have a first place winner ($650), a second place winner ($500), and a third place winner ($300). If the entrants in any category are too few for legitimate competition, the GSA Awards Committee reserves the right to reduce the number of winners. Applicants may enter research in multiple categories, but no student may receive more than one award per year in the Paper Competition. Applicants may submit no more than one entry. Paper scholarships will be disbursed in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, in two equal payments.

Eligibility: Applicants for this award must be registered, full-time graduate students (9 credits or 6 credits with an assistantship) in good academic standing at the time of application. Members of the GSA Executive Council and Awards Committee, and persons involved with the judging process of any GSA awards, are ineligible to apply.

Judging Criteria: Entries in each category will be judged on style, clarity, professionalism, originality, relevance, contribution to the discipline, and overall presentation. Multiple-authored entries are acceptable only if the competitor is the lead author, and any award money will be given only to the lead author. Please keep in mind that all entries will be judged by faculty from areas outside your discipline.

Application Instructions: Please submit one copy of your application packet to the GSA Office (JCSU 302, Mail Stop 0057) Your application packet must include the following:

  • Completed Cover Page
  • One copy of your paper (for Paper Competition only)
  • Applications must be submitted to the GSA Office in hard copy. Emails or electronic submissions will not be accepted.

Applicants must be enrolled for the fall 2015 semester in order to receive the scholarship.

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