Undergraduate Human Rights Award


The Undergraduate Human Rights Award is given to the best academic paper or multi-modal project produced in a Department of English undergraduate course in the past year. Submissions should demonstrate a critical engagement with the literature, rhetoric, narrative, folklore, histories, laws, and/or cultural practices of human rights. The award is open to projects that employ any critical or theoretical approach.

Application Requirements: Students who meet the above criteria should submit an application consisting of the following:

  1. A completed PDF icon Human Rights Application Form.pdf
  2. A digital copy of the paper, submitted with application—or provide a web address if this is a multi-modal project—completed during the immediately previous autumn, summer, or spring semesters (essays/projects completed during earlier semesters will not be considered).

Important note: Include only the title of your paper on the digital file. Do not include your name, the professor’s name, or the course title or number.

Submission Procedure: These materials should be emailed as an attachment with the subject line "Human Rights scholarship application" to english.admin@osu.edu. No hard copies will be accepted.

Selection and Award Process: All applications will be forwarded to the Undergraduate Human Rights awards subcommittee by the Undergraduate Studies Academic Program Manager. Current members of the department's Undergraduate Studies Committee will be assigned to serve on this subcommittee by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The subcommittee will review all applications and essay submissions and will determine the winning essay. The Undergraduate Studies Academic Program Manager will then notify the winner and invite that student to attend the department's annual awards ceremony, which takes place in April, along with up to four guests of the student's choosing. The student's $250 scholarship award will be processed after the awards ceremony through the student's university financial account.

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