During the 2008-09 academic year, the Middle Eastern Studies Program will continue its tradition of holding an annual essay contest for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Hasan Abdullah Yabroudi Prize will be awarded to the best two essays dealing with any aspect of the Middle East written by one undergraduate and one graduate student enrolled at Syracuse University. The authors of the winning papers will be presented with a certificate and a $500 stipend.

The entries, which can originate as course papers, will be evaluated by a faculty committee on the basis of originality of research and conceptualization, cogency of argument and clarity of writing. The essays must not exceed 7,500 words (including bibliography) and must have been produced between August 25, 2008 and April 1, 2009. Essays can be nominated by faculty or by students (with a letter of support from a faculty member). Please send three copies to the Yabroudi Prize Contest, Middle Eastern Studies Program, 332 Eggers Hall. For further information, please send an e-mail to mes@maxwell.syr.edu. The submission deadline is April 7, 2009.

The awards will be presented at a reception on April 17, 2009 at 5:00 PM.