Prize essay 2020: Does your essay meet the gold standard?
The topics for next year’s prize essays have now been published. Students from Aarhus BSS have yet another special opportunity to demonstrate their academic ability – and perhaps take the first step on the road to a future research career.
Each year, departments/schools or faculties at Aarhus University can choose to set a number of prize essays, the best of which are awarded a gold medal. A prize essay is an obvious way of profiling your knowledge, and again this year the chance to try their hand at the academic discipline goes to students at Aarhus BSS.
The best essays will be awarded a gold medal or the grade ‘accessit’. The gold medal bears the Aarhus University seal and the inscription ‘Solidum petit in profundis’ (‘We seek solid ground in the depths’) on the front, while the recipient’s name and the year it was awarded will appear on the back. An ‘accessit’ will be accompanied by a cash prize.
The following prize essays have been set for 2020:
Prize essays at the Department of Law
The Department of Law has set two prize essays.
One is from the Centre for Law & Digitalisation and is entitled:
- ”Algorithms from the perspective of administrative law”
The second has been set within the Max Sørensen scheme, with the title:
- ”Sovereignty transfer”
Essays must be submitted in a single PDF file to the email address email@example.com
The deadline for submission of essays is 1 August 2020.
The other faculties at the university have not wished to set prize essays for 2020.
Prize essays at Aarhus University
A prize essay may have up to 3 authors. If a paper has more than one author, the contribution of each author must be clearly distinguishable. It must be clear from the paper itself or from an attached declaration who is responsible for what.
When submitting a prize essay, the author(s) must declare in writing that the paper has not previously been submitted to the same or another educational establishment for assessment. This declaration must also contain the person’s name, address, and date and year of birth (for use in issuing certificates).
The prize consists either of a gold medal or a mark of ‘accessit’, where the gold medal is the higher accolade. An ‘accessit’ will be accompanied by a cash sum. The rector will issue a certificate stating that the faculty in question has decided to award the university’s gold medal or an ‘accessit’ for the paper. The dean can determine that a prize essay should be converted to a master’s thesis. However, this is subject to prior approval from the Academic Council.
A copy of each paper will be filed in the faculty archives, from which it may be borrowed by persons who have obtained the written consent of the author(s).
The assessment can be expected to be completed 3 months after submission.
The prize essays have been set according to the rules on prize essays at Aarhus University, adopted by the Aarhus University Board on 27 May 2005 and last updated on 24 April 2017.