Medical Humanities and Health Studies

Student Essay Award

2014 Submission Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014


The Medical Humanities Student Essay Award, sponsored by the IUPUI Medical Humanities - Health Studies Program, is given to a student at IUPUI whose writing is judged to be the best on a topic in medical humanities and health studies. This book award recognizes the work of students in understanding health and medicine from the perspectives of the Humanities, Law, and Social Sciences.  This competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate/professional students on the IUPUI campus.

Selection Process: Papers are judged by members of the Medical Humanities Program Committee and affiliated experts.  The award is presented and winners recognized at the annual Liberal Arts Honors Convocation ceremonies.  Undergraduate papers are judged separately from graduate papers.

Criteria: The paper must be written by an undergraduate or graduate/professional student for a course taken at IUPUI, and written within the past two academic years on a subject that utilizes the perspectives of the humanities or health studies (i.e., ethical, legal, social, historical, etc.) to gain a broader understanding of medicine and healthcare. Graduate theses and dissertations are not eligible for this award.

Submissions: The typical paper should be 10 to 25 double-spaced and numbered pages in length, and preferably submitted electronically (via email) as an attached Microsoft WORD or pdf document, or on a clean, typed hard copy.  Send electronic copies attached to an email to, and hard copies should be delivered to Cavanaugh 141 by 5:00p.m., Monday, March 3, 2014Confirmations of receipt of entries will be emailed to the applicants. Entries received after the deadline cannot be accepted or considered for the competition.

For questions or more information, please call (317) 274-4740 or email Judi Campbell at