ISHR is pleased to announce the . The contest and colloquium aim to encourage and acknowledge students who have written exceptional academic papers that address issues related to human rights.
The essay contest encourages young people to use a human rights lens as a tool to express themselves about issues that impact them. This year’s theme takes into account the feelings of young people on the Trayvon Martin shooting and the not guilt verdict. There are some helpful questions to assist students in thinking about the topic.
Cash prizes will be awarded to two graduate students and to two undergraduate students currently enrolled at Columbia University. Contest winners, along with other selected participants, are invited to present their papers during the human rights student colloquium.
Topic: Papers may be written in any discipline or be interdisciplinary. They may be critical analyses, theoretical examinations, or research papers, as long as they address issues, ideas, and questions relating to human rights.
This is the 17th year for the human rights essay contest sponsored by the St. Louis Coalition for Human Rights. Each year the planning committee selects an essay theme based upon the issues of the day and connects it with one of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Submission Guidelines: for submission guidelines. Only one submission is allowed per student. Students do not have to be enrolled in a human rights program to participate.
Review Procedures: All papers will be reviewed anonymously by Columbia University students and faculty on the basis of their originality, intellectual rigor, relevance and contribution to the field of human rights, and clarity of expression. A Student Review Committee will select finalists and a Faculty Review Committee will choose contest winners from among the finalists. if you are interested in participating in the Student Review Committee.