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General Guidelines for the 2013 R. Thomas Schaub Religious Studies Essay Contest

  1. The competition is open to all IUP undergraduates and is not restricted to papers from or related to a course taught by a Religious Studies professor, although such papers are encouraged. Unfortunately, however, only one entry per student can be accepted, so students should please choose their best work. Please submit both a hard copy and digital copy (e-mailed to Dr. Goulet:
  2. Style: 8–15 pages in length (excluding cover sheet and bibliography), double-spaced, no wider than one-inch margins, 12 cpi Times font. Use of citations must be consistent throughout, but students may choose from MLA or Chicago styles.
  3. Papers will be judged not only on content and the quality of critical arguments, but also on style and composition. Religious Studies is a diverse set of disciplines, and it is expected that papers on a variety of topics may be submitted—for example, papers on some aspect of a particular religion (Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc.), or on some general approach to religion, philosophy, or sociology of religion, etc. The main expectation, however, is that the paper utilize scholarly methodologies and promote academic discourse.
  4. Papers will be judged by a panel of Religious Studies faculty members.
  5. Awards will be made at the 2015 spring semester gathering of the Department of Religious Studies on April 30. There are three prizes: $150, $100, and $75 in Co-Op gift certificates will be awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place winners, respectively. In addition, all three winning essays will be published electronically on the department website.
  6. 2014 Submissions deadline is April 24, 2015, at noon (the hard copy is to be dropped off at 452 Sutton Hall; an additional digital copy should be to be sent to

Any questions? Please e-mail Dr. T. Nicole Goulet at

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