March 26, 2014 at 8:03 am

Cross-Disciplinary Essay Contest Has $1,000 Prize

The Herbert L. Baer Prize, designed to recognize excellence and achievement in multi- or cross-disciplinary thinking, is open to all Ohio University undergraduate students.

The $1,000 prize is awarded yearly to one Ohio University undergraduate student, based on an essay submitted to the Honors Tutorial College. Essay guidelines and instructions are attached and can be found on the H.

The deadlines is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 18.

Essays must have a cross-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary approach. Creative, original ideas are encouraged. The essay should accomplish one of three things:

  • It should take the tools, methods and techniques of one discipline and apply them to a problem or challenge that is normally thought of as part of another discipline in order to produce new insights.
  • It should combine the tools, methods and techniques of two different disciplines to create a truly integrated approach to a problem, such as the fusion of music theory with developmental psychology, producing the field of music therapy.
  • It should use the perspectives, concepts and/or approaches typically used in one discipline to challenge a traditional way of thinking in another discipline, producing a new way of looking at a concept, belief, natural phenomena or social justice.

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