We are not accepting applications for the Grundy Haven Paper Competition this year (2018). Please check back next year.
The aim of the competition is to encourage excellence in writing by undergraduate students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS). The college is particularly interested in recognizing and rewarding those who communicate well to an educated audience on subjects of interest to the programs within the college. The William Grundy Haven Award was established in 1950 by William A. Haven '09 in memory of his son William Grundy Haven who was a Penn State geology student when he volunteered for service in World War II. He was killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.
The student must be in his/her second-year or higher of attendance in EMS as an undergraduate in good academic standing in a major in EMS.
A faculty member in the college must sponsor the paper.
Winners will receive cash awards. Prizes will be distributed as follows. In the event of a tie, or the absence of a winning entry, the committee will adjust the prize amounts.
First Place: $1,000
Second Place $750
Third Place $500
The topic should be related to one of the majors represented in the College. One category will be considered: Papers of a general nature aimed at a scientifically literate audience (e.g., as in Scientific American).
Typed papers should be no more than 1,500 words. Submissions that are more than 1,500 words may be disqualified.
Content must have a style that demonstrates a clear purpose, logical organization, creativity, audience engagement, and sentence fluency.
Information should be current and sources must be appropriately cited. Include as many sources as required to support your points. A properly formatted reference page is required for the reviewers. The paper should have a professional appearance.
Students may submit papers as an individual or a team. The team should have no more than five members. Prize money will be distributed evenly. All team members must fulfill the entrance requirements and submit individual entrance forms.