Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can participate in this competition?
A: This competition is open to all students at MSU from any college or major, undergraduate and graduate alike.
Q: In what format should the essay be?
A: The essay should be formatted with a standard collegiate format; 12pt Times New Roman font;1.5 line spacing; MLA, Chicago-Turabian, or APA citations: footnote citations and a bibliography/appendix
Q: How do I submit my essay?
A: Essays can be submitted via GWContest@montana.edu with your choice of topics in the subject line;
E.X. Subject: TOPIC 1
Q: Do the sponsors of this competition support a specific agenda?
A: The short answer is yes. Essays should seek solutions that seek to present alternatives to traditional models of public lands management that is; structures that are highly centralized at the federal level. We are looking to the future for solutions. Solutions should balance ecology and individual liberty while promoting forms of prosperity.
Q: What is the op-ed?
A: The op-ed piece is a 600-700 word summary of your findings. It might also advocate your preferred reforms. This piece will highlight the problem and describe potential solutions. The op-ed should be understandable to someone who did not go through your research and should hold the reader’s attention.
Q: How will the essays be judged?
A: Essays will be judged by one of the three panels, one per topic area. When these panels have decided the winner in each group the winning papers will be distributed to each panel. The panels combined will then decide the grand prize winner.
Q: Can I submit multiple essays?
A: No, only one essay per individual.
Q: Can I collaborate with another author?
Yes, but the awards are given by essay, not by author. Two collaborative authors who write a winning essay will receive the same reward as a single winning author.
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Dr. Jerry Johnson in the MSU Department of Political Science at: firstname.lastname@example.org