Rice Unconventional Wisdom

IEW 2012 Essay Competition

Original essays should be written by the author alone and all aspects of the Rice Honor Code will be enforced.  Essays should be between 500 and 1000 words, written in English, and submitted in a 12-point standard font (i.e. Times New Roman, Arial).  writingThe deadline for this competition is 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2012.  Essays should have a cover sheet with the author’s name and contact information; no identifying information should be within the essay itself.  Only one essay may be submitted per person.  Please submit via email attachment (preferably in Word) to: thm1@rice.edu.    

For this year’s International Education Week (IEW), the theme will focus on networking.  For example, you can write about professional or cross-cultural experiences that have impacted your networking while in the United States.  A successful essay will illustrate this topic while embracing the theme of internationalization.

To participate, you must be a member of the current Rice international population.  Any quotations or copyrighted materials in the essay must be attributed properly (any citation format will be accepted).  For clarification on what it means to acknowledge sources appropriately, please visit: http://honor.blogs.rice.edu/files/2011/02/Acknowledgement-of-Sources.pdf 

OISS will have the right to edit, publish or otherwise duplicate any essay entered into the contest.  The winning three essays will be featured prominently in OISS materials (including, but not limited to, the OISS website, blog, and newsletters).

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st place: $750
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $250

The top three authors will be notified by November 13 via email.  There will be a reception on November 16 in the Farnsworth Pavilion to officially announce the winners and to celebrate IEW.  The reception will take place from 4-5 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.  The top three awardees may be invited to do a short reading from their winning essay. 

To learn more about previous IEW Essay Competitions, please click here.

For any questions, please feel to contact us at: thm1@rice.edu.  Please double check with an OISS advisor to ensure that you qualify to participate in this competition.