Martin Prize Competition: Best Undergraduate Paper in Medieval Philosophy

Dear Medievalists,

On behalf of Professor Mark Henninger, S.J., I am pleased to announce the criteria for the 2011 – 2012 Edward A.  Martin Prize for the Best Undergraduate Paper in Medieval Philosophy. The requirements are:

A paper or honors thesis focused on Western medieval philosophy from Augustine to Suarez of between 3,000 – 5,000 words, double-spaced, exclusive of bibliography or endnotes. The paper should have been written for an undergraduate course or as an honors thesis during the academic year 2011- 2012 and must not have been published in professional fora or student journals. Papers will be judged based on their quality of research, depth of philosophic inquiry and clarity. The award winner will receive $700 and there are two $150 Honorable Mention awards. For administrative reasons, the award is only open to students of US universities.
Requirements for Submission
  • Cover letter with the name, address, email and phone number of the student and supervising professor.
  • The paper
  • In addition to the paper, the student must submit a letter of recommendation from the supervising professor attesting to the superior quality of the work as well as its originality.
  • Deadline: May 15, 2012
  • Cover letter, paper and a short letter of recommendation must be submitted together by either .pdf, .doc or .docx to the Center for Medieval Philosophy email address or by mail to: Prof. Mark Henninger, S.J., Center for Medieval Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 20057. If mailed, the package must be postmarked by May 15, 2012.
  • Winners will be notified on June 30, 2012.

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Sandra Strachan-Vieira
Research Associate and Program Coordinator
Center for Medieval Philosophy