Essay Competition

Phi Beta Kappa is pleased to announce its 35th Annual Essay Competition for first- and second-year students. The Phi Beta Kappa competition was initiated by Professor Barbara Cooper to encourage students in general education (now Discovery) courses to strive for excellence in written work.

Students do not have to be Phi Beta Kappa members to submit essays. All are encouraged to submit their superior work.

The competition will award prizes at the Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony in May 2023 for superior essays of no more than 3,000 words, written as regular assignments in Discovery (including Inquiry) courses offered in spring 2022, fall 2022 or spring 2023.

Essays submitted in courses offered during spring semester 2022 are eligible, but only if their due date was after April 15, 2022.

WHAT: Essays submitted in Discovery Courses from April 16, 2022 through April 15, 2023
WHO: Current first- and second-year students
MAXIMUM LENGTH: 3,000 words
DEADLINE: April 21, 2023
OTHER: Essay must be endorsed in a brief written statement by the instructor of the course.
SUBMIT entries via email attachment to Dante Scala, Department of Political Science (