Thursday, April 02, 2015


All students of Sociology, Anthropology, or Philosophy (majors, minors, and focus) are invited to submit a paper for the 2015 Departmental Essay Contest. The authors of the selected papers will each be awarded a $200 prize; the winning authors will be expected to submit their papers to one of the Kentucky professional societies for the discipline (e.g., KPA, KAS, or ASK, see descriptions below). Students who attend professional meetings may receive up to an additional $100 to support conference attendance and fees for the 2015-2016 meetings.

Paper Guidelines:
Submissions on any philosophical, sociological or anthropological topic are welcome.  Students can submit up to two papers for consideration. Papers should be written for a multi-disciplinary audience and will be evaluated by faculty in all three disciplines in the Department. Papers should not exceed 3,000 words, they should be formatted according to discipline standards (e.g., ASA, MLA, AAA), and should be prepared for blind review. Include the following information as a cover page in a file separate from the paper.  Name the cover file as “Cover_LastName_Discipline.” Name the paper the same as the title:

1) Title of paper
2) 150-word abstract
3) Author’s name
4) Author’s major
5) Author’s email address and a phone contact

Papers should be emailed as two attachments—cover page and paper—in Word to Dr. Sharyn Jones ( on or before April 15th  with Departmental Essay Contest in the subject line.

Examples of specifics for different KY professional societies, see the following websites:          

**If you find another conference you would like to present at (that is not listed below), please have it approved by the Department Chair or the Program Coordinator.

Kentucky Philosophical Association (KPA):

--Papers for the annual meeting are generally due mid-February 2016.

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