How to Enter
the 8th Annual “A piece of the Past” Museum Essay Contest, 2018

GRAND PRIZE – $1,500

   Plus ADDITIONAL PRIZES IN FIVE CATEGORIES:

  1. Museums of Southern History & Decorative Arts          1st place: $500               2nd place $250
  2. Dunham Bible Museum                                                          1st place: $500               2nd place $250
  3. Fine Arts /Contemporary Art Museums                            1st place: $500               2nd place $250
  4. Best Freshman/HBU Academy Essays                               1st place: $500                2nd place $250
  5. Best HBU Academy Essays                                                      1st place: $500                  2nd place $250                           

and 25 Honorable Mention student awards of $50 each will also be awarded.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

All current HBU and HBU Academy students (including HBU December 2017 graduates) eligible for categories 1-3 and the grand prize. Only HBU undergraduate freshmen are eligible for category 4 and only HBU Academy students are eligible for category 5.

Submission deadline is March 23, 2018, 5:00 PM CST!

View Submission Guidelines

 

HOW TO ENTER

CHOOSE AN ARTIFACT OR ARTWORK
You may choose any artifact or work of art in any of the five museums. Excluded are explanatory displays, facsimiles and reproductions. Museum staff will be available to help orient students to the museum collections and to discuss possibilities. The Museum of Southern History, the Dunham Bible Museum, and the Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts are all located in the Joella and Stewart Morris Cultural Arts Center. The Fine Arts and Contemporary Art museums are located in the University Academic Center (UAC).

CHOOSE A MENTOR
You may ask an HBU faculty member to formally serve as mentor for your essay. He or she will give you guidance and feedback on your essay.  You are not required to have a mentor, but the support will help,  And if yo win an award, your mentor will too!

WRITE THE ESSAY
Write a 1,000 to 1,250-word essay on your chosen artifact or artwork.

The essay deadline will be Friday, March 23, 2018, 5 p.m.

SUBMIT THE ESSAY
To submit your essay, you must be enrolled in the “Museum Essay Contest” course page on Blackboard. Follow these instructions to enroll in the course: Step 1: Go to “hbu.blackboard.com” and login with your HBU OneLogin information. Step 2: Click on the “My Courses” tab and find the “Course Search” navigator. Step 3: Type in the course “Museum Essay Contest.” Step 4: Once the course pops up, click the drop box next to the class name and select ‘Enroll’ (pick “Org 2” if “Org 1” also appears). Step 5: Select ‘Submit.’ Step 6: You’re In!  Once you are enrolled, select the Contest 2017-2018 folder and submit your paper to the appropriate category folder.

AWAIT JUDGMENT
The judges will evaluate the essays (including quality of the scholarly research, argument, organization, writing style, and documentation). The judges reserve the right to disqualify essays that do not meet the basic minimum requirements described in the essay guidelines.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE…

FRESHMAN CATEGORY
The winning freshmen essays will be selected from the essays submitted in the three museum categories. Freshman status will be accorded to students with fewer than 32 earned college credit hours at the beginning of Fall 2017. Any student enrolled in the HBU Academy for either semester of the 2017-2018 academic year is eligible for this category.

HBU ACADEMY CATEGORY
Any student enrolled in the HBU Academy for either semester of the 2017-2018 academic year is eligible for this category.

NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS
Students may submit up to three essays but no more than one in a single museum category.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION…

Contact Dr. Anthony Joseph at ajoseph@hbu.edu.

 

View the winners of the 7th annual winners from 2017 .

View the printer-friendly flyer for this event.

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