John Jay students, here's your chance to win up to $3,000 for your research! This year's John Jay + Rubin Museum Writing Competition has upped the prize money. Get a free leg up — your library is here to help you out!
Check out our guide to Rubin Museum & art history resources, specifically created with this competition in mind.
From the announcement:
John Jay College and the Rubin Museum of Art are happy to announce the 3rd annual John Jay College-Rubin Museum of Art Writing Competition.
Last year, seven students won cash prizes of $500 to $3,000 in the John Jay-Rubin Museum Writing Competition. This year, we are giving away $7,000 in total prizes. Now YOU could win up to $3,000 for writing a winning essay!
Attend a Spring Break information and preparation session, presented by Laura Lombard, on April 21st and April 29th during Community Hour from 1:45 to 2:35 pm in the Provost's Conference Room (room 621 Haaren Hall).
Rules, in brief (see full rules):
Topic: choose a work or set of works of art from the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art. Write an essay about the work (or those works) that explores how the piece or pieces define or express the idea of justice. As John Jay commences its 50th anniversary, it may be useful to reflect on our history as a college and a force for social change as you come up with the concept for your essay topic. Your essay may consider any of a wide range of issues, including but not limited to: justice as it relates to retribution and punishment; justice as it relates to death; justice as it relates to the possible differences between what gods and human beings consider fair; justice as it relates to violence and non-violence. [Check out the library's guide to Rubin Museum & art history resources, specifically created with this competition in mind.]
The essay must be between 1000 and 3000 words long. Each student entering an essay must submit five copies of the essay to Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities by no later than 5:00pm on May 2nd, 2014. The first copy of the essay must be accompanied by a detachable title page bearing the name of the student and the last four digits of his/her Social Security Number. The remaining pages of all copies of the submission must include the last four digits of the Social Security Number and no other identifying information. The Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities will accept submissions from April 7th through May 2nd. Winning essays will be selected by May 21st, with celebration to follow in the fall as part of John Jay’s 50th anniversary festivities!
The Rubin Essay Award shall consist of a certificate, a one-year complimentary pass to the Rubin Museum, and a cash award to be underwritten by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation:
1st prize: $3,000
2nd prize: $2,000
3rd prize: $1,000
2 Special Mention Prizes: $500 each
We look forward to congratulating you when you win!
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