UROP Common Reading Essay Contest

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and the Common Reading Program invite undergraduates to submit essays to the UROP Common Reading Essay Contest

Eligibility: All UO undergraduates who have read Between the World and Me


  • Explores the themes of Between the World and Me.
  • Demonstrates that the student has studied the text closely and critically.
  • Displays a critical awareness of the strategies used by the author.
  • Contains a clear and specific thesis, uses evidence from the text to support the thesis, and provides a clear argument for the student’s interpretation of the text.
  • Essay is well written, includes fully developed and well-organized paragraphs, and is free of grammatical errors.


  • 6,000 words maximum
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • Times font
  • 12 point font size


Deadline and Submission Instructions:  Participants must submit their essay to urop@uoregon.edu by March 10, 2017.

Award: Two prizes of $100.00 awarded to the top essays written by a freshman and a non-freshman student. Authors of the winning essays and the runners up will present their essays on a panel at the Undergraduate Symposium on May 18.