Laird Essay Competition
The Roy and Betty Laird REES essay competition
$750 cash award
All University of Kansas students actively pursuing interests in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies in any KU academic program are eligible to submit an essay of 2,000 words on any topic dealing with the region.
The essay should be a "think piece," not a formal research paper.
It should explore a key issue relevant to the region based on any discipline. For example, students could explore the causes and consequences of the recent political changes in the region, discuss the implications of Europeanization on national languages and literatures, the role of religion today, or compose an essay on another topic.
Students may use papers from KU classes, but submissions must be reformatted to meet the following criteria: typed, double-spaced, and in 12-point font size.
Submit an anonymous version of the essay to the CREES office in 320 Bailey Hall by 5:00 pm or email to firstname.lastname@example.org on March 29, 2013.
Please state your last name and use "Laird Essay" in the subject heading. For example: "Smith Laird Essay."
A committee will evaluate the essays and select the winning entry. The winner will receive $750, a book of his or her choice, a certificate, his or her name on a plaque, and a useful line on the resumé. The winner will also be invited to present the paper at the final REES Brown Bag of the academic year.
If you have further questions regarding the topic or submission, please contact Prof. Renee Perelmutter in 320 Bailey, at 864-4236, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The REES Essay Competition is supported by an endowment generously contributed by Professor Roy D. and Betty Laird.
CREES has honored the late Dr. Roy D. Laird, a longtime member of the REES and Political Science faculties, and Mrs. Betty Laird, whose support makes this prize possible, with a special display outside the main office. The plaque in the display bears the names of all previous winners of the Competition.