In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speech, "Where Do We Go From Here?"

August 2017 was the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s important addresses, "Where Do We Go From Here?" The speech itself can be accessed here (or read the text here). In honor of Rev. Dr. King's legacy and the important issues this speech raised for our times, The Campolo Institute for Applied Research in Social Justice (CI) of Eastern University (EU) invites EU undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the MLK Essay and Research Paper contest. Students may enter the contest by submitting their writing that reflects upon and embodies the themes expressed in Rev. Dr. King's speech, addressing whether, how, and/or why conditions have or have not changed in the United States since the speech and what we may do to make a difference. Submissions may include essays and research appears across a variety of disciplines. The Campolo Institute will award $1,000 in prize for one winning research paper and two prizes of $500 each for essays (one to an undergraduate student and the other to a graduate student.

General Submission Guidelines

Participants must be current undergraduate or graduate students in any college of Eastern University at the time of submission.

Only one entry to the contest is allowed per student.

All entries should be emailed to by March 5, 2018 (6pm EST).

Each entry must consist of two separate files (article and cover letter) prepared in a Word document.

The article file of an essay or a research paper must not contain the author's name, identification number, or any other identifying information to allow blind review.

The cover letter should include the author's phone, email address, student ID number, student status (undergraduate or graduate student), and an integrity statement: "Only I/we, [NAME/S], authored and edited this essay/research paper without assistance from others, and this essay/research paper has not been submitted for publication elsewhere or previously published." Essays/research papers without the integrity statement will not be considered for the contest.

Specifics for Essay Submission

Essays refer to writings based on personal reflections on issues or themes addressed in the speech and need not to rely heavily on literature review.

Essays must be authored by single individuals.

Essays should be between 2,000 to 2,500 words, type-written, and in 12-point Times New Roman font.

Specifics for Research Paper Submission

Research papers refer to both conceptual articles, based on literature-based research, and empirical research reports, based on empirical data collected for original research.

Research papers may be authored by a group of student researchers who actually conducted the study. In case of a group entry, the prize money will be shared among authors.

Research papers should be between 3,500 to 4,000 words, type-written, and in 12-point Times New Roman font.

Selection of Winners

Winners will be selected according to the following criteria: originality, relevance to theme, critical analysis, significant interpretation, and effective expression. For research papers, the depth of research and richness of data (literature or empirical) will be also added to the criteria.

Winners will be notified by April 1, 2018 by email.

Winners are expected to be present at the Campolo Institute for Applied Research in Social Justice launch celebration in April 2018 to receive the award. They will also be expected to present their winning work in the future per CI's request.