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An annual $1,500 first prize and $750 second prize will be awarded to the best essays that examine a timely issue in medicine using historical, ethical and cultural perspectives. This competition is open to all medical students enrolled in the UI Carver College of Medicine. An outstanding essay will be an original work based on sound research in the relevant fields and sources, including (as appropriate) primary documents, peer-reviewed academic books and articles, and published essays and commentaries. Essays will be judged on their originality, organization, clarity of theme and presentation. Essays should be 2500-3500 words in length, double spaced with 1-inch margins in a 12 point font (approximately 12 to 15 pages).
Any academic note reference and citation style is allowed as long as page references are provided to specific quotations and sources of information. The style used by JAMA (see “References” in JAMA’s Instructions for Authors at http://jama.ama-assn.org/misc/ifora.dtl is appropriate.
Send completed essays electronically to Donna Hirst by midnight on the deadline date listed above. Please put your name, title of the essay, email address, telephone number and student id number on a cover sheet. Place only the title and date on a title page. The cover sheet will be removed and saved in a separate file so that the essays may be evaluated anonymously.
Donna HirstHardin Library for the Health Sciences319.335.9154
Jason T. LewisCarver College of Medicine Writing and Humanities Program319.335.8051
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