Social Science Writing Award

For undergraduates. Requires a well-written paper from a current or previous class at EIU, between 8 to 30 pages, on a topic in the social sciences.

Full description:
The Departments of Economics, Geology-Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology-Anthropology of Eastern Illinois University invite students to participate in the Annual Social Science Writing Award competition. Participants are encouraged to revise papers before submitting them. Students need not be enrolled at EIU during the semester when the awards are made. Papers written the preceding Spring, Summer, and Fall are also eligible.

The Selection Committee requires double-spaced, typed papers that consistently follow a recognized style of documentation and prefers papers between eight and thirty pages. Winning papers will have the following qualities:

  • Precise and Effective Use of Language
  • Well-defined and Logically Developed Thesis
  • Creative Topic Development
  • Relevant, Superior Documentation
  • Strong Command of the Subject – Including Current Points of View
  • Cogent Synthesis and Conclusions

This award is announced and disbursed in the Spring semester.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Eastern Illinois University - General
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload your paper in the designated format. Double Spaced, between 8-30 pages, consistently follow a recognized style of documentation, and include two cover sheets - one with your name, paper title, course number, and semester taken for which the paper was originally written, and the second with the paper title only.
  2. Please answer the following questions in regards to your submitted paper.
    • Please enter the title of the course for which the paper was written.
    • Please enter the title of the paper.
    • Was this paper completed for a course that was taken at EIU?