Undergraduate Essay Contest

The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce this year’s essay contest for undergraduates, for a first place prize of $500 awarded by the Center.  Additionally, the Center will award one honorable mention prize of $200. The competition is open to all current Penn undergraduates. Essays may deal with any topic within the context of the modern Middle East, broadly defined geographically. Papers addressing any aspect of the Middle East from the late eighteenth century to present will be considered for the prize. All entries should be the student’s original work and previously not published elsewhere.

Please submit entries to mec-info@sas.upenn.edu with the subject “Undergraduate Essay Contest” no later than March 30th, 2015 by 5 p.m. Essays should range from 3000 to 5000 words, not including notes, charts, appendices and bibliography. Please use MLA citation when submitting papers.



2012, Ellen Frierson, "Gift of Nile: Egypt's Hydropolitical Dominance of the Nile Vallet in the Modern Era."

2013, Autumn Patterson, "All That Glitters Is Not Gold: The Fate of Regime Change in Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria."

2014, Shaj Mathew, "Peripheral Peoples: Istanbul on the Margins of Modernity in Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence."