Essay Contest

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The College of the Liberal Arts and the Paterno Fellows Program
proudly present

The Fourth Annual
Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest

Our purpose is to encourage Penn State undergraduate students to explore ethical values and intercultural issues, and their talent for expressing their views in writing.

Essays should be no longer than 800 words and will be judged on originality, relevance, and creativity. The contest is open to all full-time baccalaureate students who are enrolled at any Penn State campus for the Fall 2016 semester.

Winners will receive:  1st place: $500   ~   2nd place: $400   ~   3rd place: $300

All winners will be acknowledged at the annual Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony on February 1, 2017.
Winning essays will be published on Liberal Arts Voices.

Submission deadline: December 19, 2016

Download the Flyer   ~   Download the Prompts


Please select ONE of the following PROMPTS:

  1. “Books are no more threatened by the Kindle than stairs are by elevators.” ~ Stephen Fry
    In a growing technological age where people can find information at their fingertips in a variety of mediums, is there a possible future where print media, particularly books, will become obsolete? What is the future of print media?
  2. Large pharmaceutical companies have recently received criticism for their decision to dramatically increase the price of certain life-saving products. What are the ethical concerns and economic motivations behind such decisions, and what role, if any, should the government play in regard to regulating the issue?
  3. “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” ~ Charles de Gaulle
    What resources should Universities be obligated to provide for international students in their transition to college life and life in the United States? What role should domestic students play in international students’ college careers?
  4. “We are the forgotten ones, although we suffer every day from climate change.” ~ Diallo Déidia Mahamane Kattra, a Minister from Mali at the 2016 Paris Climate Talks
    Is it fair that today, newly developing and still-industrializing countries are being asked to cut their emissions, thus stunting their ability to increase their own wealth and power? Are all states equally responsible for funding solutions to climate change, or are established economies primarily responsible for recouping the damage that they have initiated?

The deadline for submissions has passed.

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