Undergraduates are invited to submit essays written in French in an intermediate-level course at the University of Virginia (FREN 2010, 2020, 2320) within the previous year, whether on Grounds or in the UVA porgram in Lyon, on a topic concerning Franco-American relations, broadly interpreted to be any topic of a comparartive nature dealing with the language, culture, arts, politics, society, business (or some similar or allied subject) of the United States and of France or any French-speaking nation or region.
Authors of essays will be encouraged to attend a special event hosted by the French Department in April. Prize winners will be announced at this event.
The contest is open to all undergraduate students of French in intermediate-level courses at the University who are not native speakers of French and who have not learned French primarily in French-speaking schools. Students who will graduate before May 2022 are not eligible for the competition. Please contact the Language Program Director in French (Karen James, email@example.com) if you have any questions about eligibility.
The decision of the judges is final. The Maas Prize Committee reserves the right to withold the announced prize if, in its opinion, essays submitted are not of sufficient merit.
The deadline for the 2021-2022 Maas Prize comptetition is February 28, 2022. Essays must be received by the administrative coordinator in the department of French by email no later than noon on that day. For more essay details, go to Undergraduate | Department of French (virginia.edu)