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International Essay Contest 2016


Eligibility: MSU undergraduate or graduate international students maintaining F or J status

Length: No more than four pages typed double-spaced. Include your name and email address on the top of the front or cover page.

Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt

Due Date: 5:00p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

First Prize: $1,000; Second Prize: $500; Third Prize: $250 (Funds for winning entries will be placed into student accounts)

Permission Notice: Submission of your essay by email indicates that you authorize MSU to release all information submitted as part of your participation in the Essay Contest to the Essay Contest Review Committee for the purpose of assessing your candidacy for the award. All or parts of winning and non-winning essays might be published on the OISS website. By submitting your essay, you agree that your essay can be used in this way.


  1. Save your essay to your computer using Microsoft Word
  2. On the top left side of your first page include your full first and last name and your MSU email address

    Example: Fake Smith

  3. Email your essay as an attachment to with the subject line "Essay Contest"

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