Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Award
Past student essay winners
2018 Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Award
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To encourage medical students to write creative narratives or scholarly essays relevant to medicine. Publication of winning essays in The Pharos provides the student with the ever-important achievement of getting articles published.
Cash awards of $2,000 for first place, $800 for second place, and $550 for third place. Winning essays will be published in The Pharos. Prizes will be paid after the receipt of required documentation (see Requirements, below).
Authors must be enrolled in medical schools that have an active ΑΩΑ Chapter or association, but need not be members of ΑΩΑ. However, if the author is an AΩA member, he/she must be an active member. Only one entry may be submitted per student.
Entries must be submitted by online form on the AΩA website no later than 11:59 PM, January 31, 2018, PST. Winners will be announced May 1, 2018.
Requirements for Essays
- Essays must be written while the student is in medical school, must be the work of a single author, and must be an original work.
- The essay may be on any nontechnical subject related to medicine.
- The essay must not exceed 15 double-spaced pages of 12-point type with minimum 1-inch margins, exclusive of reference listing. The author’s name and essay title must be on each page, and all pages must be numbered.
- Unique references, numbered consecutively, are limited to 20. (Reference citation of websites is not acceptable unless a site is the sole source of the information or has official academic credentials. Examples of acceptable sites are official government web pages such as that of the National Institutes of Health.)
- The paper must not be offered to, or published by, any other journal or entered in any other contest prior to submission to the AΩA or during the AΩA selection process. Essays that are not selected as winning essays in this AΩA Student Competition may be submitted to other contests/publications after the winners are announced.
- Essays not meeting all requirements will not be accepted.
Requirements for winning essays
When notified of award receipt, authors of all winning papers must provide documentation of references in photocopy as follows: title pages of all books cited; the first and last pages of book chapters cited; the table of contents of the particular issue of the journal in which a cited article appeared; and all quotations, from the primary sources, including page numbers. Awardees must also submit a completed W-9 form.
Essays not receiving an award
Essays not selected as the top three, may be revised and submitted for standard review for publication in The Pharos.
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Submit an Essay for Consideration
Alpha Omega Alpha is committed to upholding a high standard of professionalism, compassion, and humanism in medicine. Patients should be treated with dignity and their privacy respected. We will not accept submissions to any of our programs that conflict with these values, or contain bigotry, or highly politicized content.
Updated on December 12, 2017.
The winner will receive a prize for an essay on an aspect of chronic pain, of not more than 3000 words. The winning entry MUST be presented at the Pain Relief Foundation.
CLOSING DATE 31st August 2017
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2017 entry forms can be downloaded here.
For further information contact
Brenda Hall Pain Relief Foundation.
Tel: 0151 529 5822 Fax: 0151 529 5821
See the 2016 winning entry here.
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1. The essay should be 3000 words or less. Essays of more than 3000 words will be disqualified. The judges are looking for a well written, original and interesting essay, rather than a scientific paper.
2. The essay topic must be about an aspect of Chronic Pain.
3. The entry must be word processed and well presented.
4. Please provide a separate title page showing the essay title, your name, your medical school and the word count. On all pages of the essay please put the essay title as a header, and the page number as a footer. Your name, medical school or other identifiers should not appear on any page other than the title page, otherwise we will return the essay to you for modification.
5. Entries must be accompanied by a signed entry form sent by post. Essays received without a signed entry form will be disqualified. We cannot accept entry forms or essays sent by fax.
6. Essays may be submitted as a hard copy by post, or as an Microsoft Word document email attachment sent to email@example.com Please specify on the entry form by ticking the correct box.
7. Both the entry form and the essay must reach the Pain Relief Foundation by 31st August 2017 – late entries cannot be accepted. No allowance will be made for postage or email failure etc. We will notify you when we receive your entry.
8. The competition is only open to medical students studying at a UK Medical School. Only single author entries can be accepted.
9. You must be available to present your essay to the Foundation in November/ December 2017. If the winner is not available to present their essay, then the prize will pass to the next best entrant who is available to present. Reasonable travel and accommodation (one night) expenses, up to a maximum of £150 will be reimbursed by the Foundation, subject to receipts being presented.
10. Members or relatives of staff or associates of the Pain Relief Foundation are not eligible for the competition.
11. Any suspicion of plagiarism will result in disqualification.
12. The judges’ decision is final for all aspects of the competition.