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Phi Beta Delta Best Graduate Student Paper on an International Topic

Deadline: April 4

Submit to pbd@ku.edu

Papers will be judged in two categories:

  • Research: topics that deal with an international topic and use international sources
  • Experiential learning: topics that explore an international experience as it relates to the student's degree program or learning goals. This category includes fieldwork, journalistic studies, ethnography, memoir


  • Current KU graduate students, especially PBD members, are eligible to submit a paper
Application should include the following: 

  • A paper, including full citations, in PDF format 

  • A separate abstract 

  • A cover letter (the letter should state that this is a submission for the PBD graduate 
student contest, the nominee’s name, PBD membership status, name of class the paper was written for, name of instructor of that class, submission category, departmental affiliation, and e-mail address.) 

Papers must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have been written in 2016 

  • Paper should be written by a single author 

  • 15-30 pages (double-spaced) in length 

  • Citations should be in APA, MLA, or Chicago style 

  • One submission per participant 

Papers will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality 

  • Quality and thoroughness of the research and its presentation 

  • Writing quality/appropriate use of sources 

  • International studies value: enhances PBD’s mission, contribution to the field 

Contact pbd@ku.edu with any questions.





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