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Carolina undergraduate students are encouraged to apply: Halperin-Schütz Undergraduate Essay Award

Deadline for 2021: entries due by Feb. 22 to Prof. David Lambert (

Named in honor of David J. Halperin (Rabbinic Judaism) and John Howard Schütz (New Testament), former faculty members of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Religious Studies who were influential on a generation of students through their interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching, this essay competition recognizes undergraduate scholarship in the study of religion.

Up to two awards of $250 will be given annually for the best unpublished essay or research paper 10-20 pages written by an undergraduate in a Religious Studies or Jewish Studies class.

Any undergraduate from any major can submit a paper written in a Religious Studies or Jewish Studies class, or a selection from an honors thesis in these departments. Prior winners are not eligible, and only one submission per student per annual competition.

The essay may address any topic in Religious Studies or Jewish Studies. Papers written for class must be 10-20 double-spaced pages; a selection from an honors thesis should be no more than twenty double-spaced pages.

Details can be found on the UNC Religious Studies web site.

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