The Adam Smith Prize celebrates research and outstanding writing by recognizing
the student with the best paper on an economics topic in a given year.
Papers are judged by a committee of three economics faculty members, and
the winner is announced at the end-of-year picnic. The competition is
open to non-majors and majors. The prize consists of $100, an Adam Smith
coffee mug, and “bragging rights for a year.”
Submit a paper
Send a copy of your paper to Ashlee Bullock by email with a copy to Ken Peterson. The winner will be announced at the spring picnic.
We will evaluate papers individually for content, organization, economic sophistication, and cogency of argument. The judgment of the committee is final.
Papers should be neatly typed, double-spaced and in a 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. The style should follow an accepted form for working papers in the social sciences. Pages should be numbered (bottom center) with Arabic numerals and with the first page of text numbered as "1".
Although there is no explicit requirement, the suggested length of the paper is somewhere in the neighborhood of eight to 12 pages. Students may submit only one paper for consideration.
Submissions may be drawn from past work submitted to satisfy the requirements of an economics course or original papers prepared specifically for the contest. Papers developed from university-sponsored summer research projects or programs, such as the Hollingsworth Undergraduate Summer Research Program, are not eligible for consideration.
Have a question about the award? Contact Ken Peterson