The 2021 Essay Submissions window is now closed. Winners are listed below. Check back Spring 2022 for the new Undergraduate Essay question.
The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy is pleased to announce its fourth annual undergraduate essay competition. Each year, students are invited to submit essays on a timely question related to foundational freedoms and responsibilities in liberal democracies.
For 2021, we invite responses to the question:
Should the United States make military or national service compulsory?
All UW-Madison undergraduate students may apply. Essays should be approximately 1,000 words in length. Scholarship recipients are also invited to a dinner hosted by the Center.
1st place: $2,500
2nd place: $1,500
3rd place: $1,000
Deadline: Past Deadline
“Should the United States make military or national service compulsory?”
“Should patriotism be taught at UW Madison?”
“Should social media platforms be permitted to censor controversial speech?”
“Should the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—which states that ‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside’—be repealed or modified to restrict more precisely the definition of who may claim citizenship?”
“Should the U.S. Electoral College be abolished, reformed, or left to the states to determine?”
“Are the goals of fostering freedom of speech on campus and of fostering a welcoming environment for all students incompatible?”
2021 Topic: Should the United States make military or national service compulsory?