St. John’s University Libraries &

the Friends of the Library

are pleased to once again sponsor the


2010-2011 Annual Undergraduate

Applied Social Justice Research

Essay Competition


FIRST PRIZE     $500



Application and support materials are due February 22, 2011. Support materials include:

  • contact information,
  • a brief abstract of the essay,
  • a working bibliography
  • a letter of support from a supervising faculty member (Click here to access and print the Faculty/Instructor Statement of Support form.

Deadline for submission of the completed essay is March 15, 2011.

Essays should be sent electronically as an attachment (MS Word or PDF format) via the St. John’s University student email account to with the subject line “2010-2011 contest submission”:

  • Prof. Caroline Fuchs at, or to
  • Prof. Kathryn Shaughnessy at

Submissions should also contain a title page that includes:

  1. essay title,
  2. student’s name,
  3. student’s email address,
  4. student’s mailing address
  5. student’s phone number
  6. the name and contact information for supervising faculty

Essays will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Excellence in undergraduate research with extensive use of the St. John’s Libraries’ physical or electronic collections
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and synthesize library resources
  • Evidence of development of an understanding for the processes of research and inquiry
  • Cogent argument of the relationship between this research and applied social justice teaching
  • Originality of thought and depth of research
  • Clarity of the writing, organization and proper documentation
  • No more than 12 double-spaced pages (entries can be between 5 and 12 pages) using standard 12-point font
  • Properly cited and formatted using MLA, APA, Chicago or appropriate discipline citation standards
  • Research projects may be either based upon independent research or a class assignment, and must have been completed during the 2010-2011 academic year.

By submitting an essay for consideration, applicants certify that the essay is their original work, and that all sources have been given proper credit. All essays must be written in English. Essays will be reviewed by a committee.

For further information concerning the contest and submissions to the essay competition, contact Caroline Fuchs at or call 718.990.5050

The essay competition is open to all current St. John’s University undergraduate students.

Read the 2009-2010 first prize essay, “Global Warming and Climate Change: A Catholic Perspective” by Princess Ikatekit.

Read the 2009-2010 second place essay, “Microfinance: The Path to Poverty Alleviation” by Kathryn Mordeno.