Hugh Davidson Essay Due - October 1, 2018 by 5 pm NCH 358

Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM

Hugh M. Davidson Essay Prize

Due October 1, 2018
NCH 358
by 5:00 pm

The Hugh M. Davidson Essay Prize commemorates a beloved teacher and colleague who was also internationally admired for his scholarly publications, particularly on Blaise Pascal. 

The $500.00- prize will be offered once a year to an undergraduate student who is judged to have written a worthy essay on a subject in the field of medieval and early modern French literature and thought.  For the purposes of this competition, subjects will be considered acceptable if they concern writings in French prior to 1800.

Selection criteria: The winning essay will possess the following characteristics:

  • Original and insightful thought about the texts discussed;
  • Excellent use of primary sources (i.e. texts in French written prior to 1800);
  • Judicious and thoughtful use of appropriate secondary sources;
  • Excellent writing: well-organized, clear, and in grammatically correct and idiomatic French.

The essays submitted to this competition will not have been previously submitted as graded work for a course, but instead may deepen and develop ideas from work in a course at the University.  Each essay will be between 2000 and 3000 words. The submission deadline for essays is October 1.  Essays should be double-spaced in Times New Roman font, with margins of 1 -1.25 inches.  Please submit essays in PDF to Kathy Halvorsen ( by 5:00 p.m. October 1.H