Paper Submission Details

Undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines encouraged to submit their work on any philosophical topic.

Submission Requirements: Papers must be prepared for blind review (i.e., no author-identifying information or notes in the body of the paper, only on the cover page). Submissions must not exceed 3750 words (roughly 25 minutes reading time). When submitting, please include the following in the body of the email:

  1. Author’s name
    2. Paper/presentation title
    3. Brief abstract (~100 words describing topic discussed in paper)
    4. Academic status (undergraduate/graduate), major, university affiliation
    5. Regularly checked email address

Official Rules and Further Details

Scope: Original papers on any philosophical topic from graduate and undergraduate students are welcome. The conference format will be symposium-style: each session will include presentation/reading, commentary, and brief Q&A/discussion period. Undergraduate and graduate authors will be selected for presentation.

Prizes: One prize valued at approximately $50 may be awarded to the most outstanding paper by a graduate student. Another prize valued at approximately $50 may be awarded to the most outstanding paper by an undergraduate student. Prizes may take the form of books of the winner’s choice. Any winners will be selected on the basis of philosophical content/insight, clarity of written expression, and general appeal to a student audience. The most outstanding paper by a Georgia State undergraduate student would be considered for nomination to be presented at University Undergraduate Research Day.

Official Rules:
1. By submitting an essay for consideration, any entrant certifies that the essay is consistent with principles of academic integrity, such as, but not limited to: the essay is his/her own original work and all sources have been given proper credit. Any Georgia State University entrant further certifies that the work is consistent with the Georgia State Policy on Academic Honesty.
2. The Zeta chapter of Phi Sigma Tau reserves the right not to award some or all prizes for any given year.
3. All decisions of the review committee for the Zeta chapter of Phi Sigma Tau are final and cannot be appealed.
4. Essays submitted for classes are acceptable entries for the contest.
5. Essays must be no longer than 3750 words (which is approximately 25 minutes reading time).
6. Essays must be typed, double-spaced and paginated.
7. Essays must be in English.
8. Each student is limited to one entry per Symposium.
9. Students who attend a school with a local chapter of Phi Sigma Tau must be members at the time of the symposium.