How to Enter the 10th Annual “A Piece of the Past” University Museum Essay Contest, 2019-2020

GRAND PRIZE – $1,500

   Plus ADDITIONAL PRIZES IN FIVE CATEGORIES:

  1. Museums of Southern History & Decorative Arts          1st place: $500; 2nd place: $250
  2. Dunham Bible Museum                                                          1st place: $500; 2nd place: $250   
  3. Fine Arts /Contemporary Art Museums                            1st place: $500; 2nd place: $250                                                               
  4. Best Freshman/HBU Academy Essays                                1st place: $500; 2nd place: $250
  5. HBU Applicant Essays                                                          1st place: $500; 2nd place: $250

AND

25 Honorable Mention student awards                                   $50 each

Sponsored by

THE JOELLA AND STEWART MORRIS FOUNDATION & THE MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN HISTORY

ELIGIBILITY:

All current HBU, HBU Academy students (including HBU December 2019 graduates), and HBU applicant students are eligible for  the grand prize, categories 1-3, and the honorable mention awards. Only HBU undergraduate freshmen and HBU Academy students are eligible for category 4.  Only applicants to HBU are eligible for category 5.

Submission deadline is March 28, 2020!

View Submission Guidelines

HOW TO ENTER

1.  CHOOSE AN ARTIFACT OR ARTWORK
You may choose any artifact or work of art in any of the five museums. Excluded are explanatory displays.  Museum staff will be available to help orient students to the museum collections and to discuss possibilities. The Museum of Southern History, the Dunham Bible Museum, and the Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts are all located in the Joella and Stewart Morris Cultural Arts Center. The Fine Arts and Contemporary Art museums are located in the University Academic Center (UAC).

2.  CHOOSE A MENTOR
You may ask a HBU faculty member to formally serve as mentor for your essay. He or she will give you guidance and feedback on your work.  You are not required to have a mentor, but the support will help.  And if you win an award, your mentor will too!

3.  WRITE THE ESSAY:
Write a 1,000 to 1,250-word essay  on your chosen artifact or artwork.  Full essay  guidelines are available at www.hbu/museums or from Dr. Anthony Joseph at ajoseph@hbu.edu.

4.  SUBMIT THE ESSAY:
Submit your essay electronically to Dr. Anthony Joseph at ajoseph@hbu.edu.  The deadline will be Saturday, March 28, 2020, 11:59PM CST.

AWAIT JUDGMENT
The judges will evaluate the essays (including quality of the scholarly research, argument, organization, writing style, and documentation). The judges reserve the right to disqualify essays that do not meet the basic minimum requirements described in the essay guidelines.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE…

FRESHMAN CATEGORY/HBU ACADEMY CATEGORY: The winning freshmen/HBU Academy essays will be selected from the essays submitted in the three museum categories. Freshman status will be accorded to students with fewer than 32 earned college credit hours at the beginning of Fall 2019. Any student enrolled in the HBU Academy for either semester of the 2019-2020 academic year is eligible for this category.

HBU Applicants Category: This category is open only to current applicants for admission to Houston Baptist University for the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 terms.  A winning applicant must be accepted into HBU in order to claim his or her prize.

NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS/PAST SUBMISSIONS: Students may submit up to three essays but no more than one in a single museum category.   Essays that have won Honorable Mention awards in the past may be resubmitted for consideration again this contest year.  Essays that have previously won 1st, 2nd, or Grand Prizes cannot be submitted again.

FOR MORE INFORMATION…

Contact Dr. Anthony Joseph at ajoseph@hbu.edu.

 

View the winners of the 9th annual winners from 2019 .

View the printer-friendly flyer for this event.