Undergraduate Writing Award


DEADLINE – 12:00pm - DECEMBER 11, 2015


The Film Studies Program announces the Film Studies Undergraduate Writing Award, to be given each year for the best undergraduate essay on any topic related to film history, film theory, or film criticism.

$250 Book Center Gift Certificate


  1. Applicants must be matriculated in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
  2. Each student may enter one piece of writing that was originally submitted for a course during the past calendar year (December 2014 through December 2015).  Submissions must be a research paper.  Revisions are encouraged.
  3. Entries are limited to a word count between 2,500 and 3,800 (not counting footnotes, endnotes, or Works Cited), must be double-spaced, and must be in 10- or 12-point font.  *The applicant’s name must NOT appear on any page of the submitted entry.*  Each entry must include--*as a separate document*­­--the paper’s title as well as the following information: applicant’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, PeopleSoft number, and the name of the course and instructor for whom the essay was written.
  4. Essays that have already won major university prizes, such as the Ossip or James Snead award, are not eligible.
  5. All entries must be submitted electronically to Jennifer Florian (jrf16@pitt.edu), Film Studies Administrative Assistant, in 454 CL by 12:00PM on Friday, December 11, 2015
  6. Entries will be judged by a committee of Film Studies faculty from different departments, who reserve the right to split the prize monies among multiple deserving entries.  The winners will be announced prior to the University’s Honors Convocation on February 26, 2016.
  7. ​Please direct any questions to Professor Mark Lynn Anderson, Acting Associate Director of the Film Studies Program (andersml@pitt.edu).