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AOA Helen H. Glaser Essay Award

Don’t have any plans this winter break?  Don’t feel like studying, but still want to do something that may be somewhat productive (and rewarding to the tune of some bucks?)?  How about writing an essay or looking through your old papers for one you’ve written already?  Alpha Omega Alpha is sponsoring the Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Awards to “encourage medical students to address nontechnical topics in medicine” (very nonspecific topic…very good).  Check out the specs below and note that the deadline for submission is January 31, 2009.


To encourage medical students to address nontechnical topics in medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society instituted this competition to recognize and reward excellent and thoughtful student compositions.




$2000 first, $750 second, $500 third, and honorable mention awards of $250 each. Prizes will be paid after the receipt of required documentation (see Requirements for Winning Essays, below).




Authors must be enrolled at medical schools with active chapters (Class of 2009 or later), but need not be members of. Only one entry may be submitted by an author.




Entries must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2009, and sent by first-class mail, express mail, or by courier. Winners will be announced about May 1, 2009.




1. Essays must be written while the student is in medical school, must be the work of a single author, and must represent original work.
2. The essay may be on any nontechnical subject related to medicine, including ethics, history, education, philosophy, and policy. Well-referenced, scholarly fiction is an acceptable genre.
3. The manuscript must not exceed 15 double-spaced pages of 12-point type with minimum 1-inch margins.
4. Unique references, numbered consecutively, are limited to 20. (Reference citation of web sites 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.)
5. The paper must not have been offered to or published by any other journal and must be submitted to The Pharos, the official publication of, which has the right of first refusal.
6. Four stapled single-sided sets of the essay (pages typed and numbered, with author’s name and essay title on each page; no covers or binders) and a single sheet with the author’s full name, address, phone number, e-mail, name of medical school and year of graduation, and essay title should be sent to:
Alpha Omega Alpha Student Essay Competition
525 Middlefield Road, Suite 130
Menlo Park, California 94025.
7. Essays not conforming to the instructions will be returned.
8. A committee of the editorial board of The Pharos will review the essays and select thewinners. Judging will be on the basis of originality, scholarship, style and composition, and relevance.


Requirements for Winning Essays


When notified that they have received an award, 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; all quotations, from the primary sources, including page numbers. The author’s Social Security number will be required for payment of the award.




Authors may present their essays at national meetings. Papers not accepted for The Pharos but published elsewhere should include the following acknowledgment: Submitted as an entry in the 2009 Alpha Omega Alpha Student Essay Competition.


More information:


Contact Managing Editor
Debbie Lancaster at (650) 329-0291 or
Examples of several winning student essays, reference style information, and optional forms are on AOA’s web site:

Still interested?  Here’s the official entry form: (pdf).

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One Response to “AOA Helen H. Glaser Essay Award”

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    Bookmarked! I’ll be back, great job.

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