Philosophy Department Announces Fifth Annual Student Essay Contest

The University of St. Thomas Philosophy Department is pleased to announce its fifth annual student essay contest: the 2012-13 Thomas D. Sullivan Medal in Philosophy for the best undergraduate philosophical essay.

Winners will receive a “Tom and Ginny Sullivan Scholarship” to be applied to spring tuition. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, the second-place winner will receive a $500 scholarship, and the third-place winner will receive a $100 scholarship.

All winners will have the opportunity to present their winning papers publicly at the last Philosophy Department colloquium of the year.

Submission Guidelines

  • Only current UST undergraduate students are eligible.
  • Papers may be on any philosophical topic. (Be sure to see Award Criteria on the Philosophy Department website for more information.)
  • The author's name must not appear anywhere on the paper. If the author’s name appears anywhere on the paper, the submission will be returned to the student for correction before it will be considered.
  • Word Limit: 3,500 words maximum. (Word limit includes all text, notes, works cited list, title, etc.)
  • Deadline: Submissions must be received before midnight Wednesday, Dec. 12. Email paper to as an attachment. Include the author's name and paper title in the body of the email, and the phrase “student essay contest” in the subject line.
  • Only one submission per student will be considered. If more than one submission is received from a student, a single paper will be selected at random for consideration.

For more information visit the Philosophy Department website.