Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Essay Contest

The Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program sponsors a $250 prize each year for the best paper in the area of Jewish Studies.

Jewish Studies Essay Contest Winner 2013-2014:

Lily Jamgotchian

who wrote her paper, "Truth or Fiction," for English 371, Issues in Jewish-American Writing.

A copy of this essay is available in the Jewish Studies Program office (Sierra Tower 807) for all to read and enjoy.

Eligibility

Essays on topics related to Jewish history, literature, society, or arts written by a CSUN undergraduate for any CSUN course held Spring 2013 - Spring 2014. Essays must be submitted after they are graded; revisions are permitted. Open to students of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Format

The essay may take the form of a case study, a report on research, or an analysis that is literary, philosophical, historical, biographical, sociological, or theological. The essay must be the original, unpublished work of the student.

Criteria

The essays will be judged based on Jewish Studies content, quality of writing, clarity of argument, and originality.

Submission

Submit a hard copy of the essay to the Jewish Studies Program, Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Sierra Tower 807, along with a completed entry form available in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. Except for the entry form, the student's name should not appear anywhere on the submitted work. In addition, submit a digital copy in Word to – this copy should not include the student name. Only one submission per student is permitted.

Deadline

Spring submission date is May 13. Final decisions are announced three weeks later.

Judging

The contest will be judged by Jewish Studies Faculty.

Resources for Writing Your Essay