The Clark Award

YOU ARE INVITED TO COMPETE FOR

THE 2020 ALBERT CLARK AWARD

FOR THE BEST PAPERS IN

RELIGIOUS STUDIES OR THEOLOGY

$500.00 AWARD FOR THE BEST UNDERGRADUATE PAPER

[ $250 for second place ]

$500 AWARD FOR THE BEST GRADUATE PAPER

[ $250 for second place ]

WINNING  ESSAYS  TO  BE  PUBLISHED  IN  THE

Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa

Sponsored by

THETA  ALPHA  KAPPA

THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY  FOR

RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND THEOLOGY

The National Board of Directors of TAK invites entries for the 2020 Albert Clark Award, given annually for the best papers in religious studies or theology, as judged by a panel established by the Board. Each competition winner in each category (undergraduate or graduate) will receive a $500 award, and the runner-up in each category will receive a $250 award. The winners and runners-up will have their essays published in the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa. Other excellent essays submitted for the competition will be chosen to appear in the Journal.

Competition Guidelines: The competition is open to current students at the undergraduate or graduate level who satisfy one of these conditions: a) currently enrolled in or having graduated from a school with a TAK chapter, provided that the paper was written while attending that school and submitted for the competition within 12 months after graduation; or b) currently in a school that does not have a TAK chapter, provided that the student was inducted in a chapter of TAK at a school previously attended. Papers may be submitted through TAK faculty representatives or independently.

 

  • Essays in religious studies and in all fields of theology are welcome.
  • Only one essay per author will be considered, and the essay may not be considered for publication elsewhere during the duration of the competition.
  • All essays submitted will be considered both for the Albert Clark Award and for publication in the in the Journal.
  • Papers should be double-spaced and should not exceed 20 pages, including endnotes, in 12-point font size.
  • A manual of style should be followed, preferably the Chicago Manual of Style. The citation of all source material, including information drawn from electronic sources or the Internet, should be as complete as possible.
  • The paper must be free of any information that may identify the author and may not contain comments by previous readers.
  • A completed Clark Award Submission Form must accompany the submission of the paper. Clark Award Submission Forms are available by clicking on the button below
  • Winners will be chosen and notified of the judges’ decisions in March 2020.

Deadline for submission is January 24, 2020. Send completed Clark Award Submission Form and the paper by email to: Dr. Bernadette McNary-Zak, JTAK Editor (mcnary_zak@rhodes.edu)

 

 

 

Clark Awards Previous Winners List:

 

Undergraduate WinnerSchoolYearGraduate WinnerSchool
Kristina MeyerElon University2019Joshua Paul SmithUniversity of Denver/Iliff School of Theology
Evangeline GiaconiaAppalachian State University2018David D. M. King University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology
Zachary Lewis LudwigLoyola University Chicago2017Sara Ann SwensonSyracuse University
Chance BonarSt. Olaf College2016Timothy GervaisLoyola University Maryland
Elenore LeonardCreighton University2015Danny YencichIllff School of Theology/U. of Denver
Denise MasonNotre Dame of Maryland2014Catherine OrsbornIlliff School of Theology
Rina SadunPomona College2013Patrick D. BowenUniversity of Denver-Illiff School of Theology
Kiva Shiri Nice-WebbElon University2012Jonathan LoarEmory University
Stephanie BrenzelRhodes College2011William MyattLoyola University Chicago
Josh MuglarOklahoma Baptist University2010Michael J. AltmanEmory University
Jessica CoblentzSyracuse University2009Carson WebbSanta Clara University
Anna ZarosThe Catholic University of America2008Miles Adam ParkMissouri State University
Erin CulpElon University2007Paul BuehlerLoyola University, New Orleans
Jeffrey DurkinGeorgetown University2006Carly CrouchOxford University
Joe LencioniGustavus Adolphus College2005Nada UnusHarvard Divinity School
J. Patrick Hornbeck IIGeorgetown University2004Amy PeelerPrinceton Theological Seminary
Meaghann WenigerCreighton University2003Patricia Lipperini LaSalle University
David OdorisioLaSalle University2002Erin E. MountzUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison