Edward A. Martin Prize for the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Paper in Medieval Philosophy

Prof. Mark  Henninger, S.J., Director of the Center for Medieval Philosophy of Georgetown University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Edward A. Martin Prize for the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Paper in Medieval Philosophy. The purpose of this prize is to recognize the best work currently being done in undergraduate medieval philosophy as well as to foster potential undergraduate scholars in the discipline of medieval philosophy.


A paper or honors thesis focused on Western medieval philosophy from Augustine to Suarez of between 3,000 – 5,000 words, double-spaced, exclusive of bibliography or endnotes. The paper should have been written for an undergraduate course or as an honors thesis during the academic year 2011- 2012 and must not have been published in professional fora or student journals. Papers will be judged based on their quality of research, depth of philosophic inquiry and clarity.


$700.00 (US) for the winner and two $150.00 awards for Honorable Mentions

Requirements for Submission

  • Cover letter with the name, address, email and phone number of the student and supervising professor. 
  • The paper
  • In addition to the paper, the student must submit a letter of recommendation from the supervising professor attesting to the superior quality of the work as well as its originality.
  • Deadline: May 15, 2012
  • Paper and a short letter of recommendation must be submitted together by either .pdf, .doc or .docx to the Center for Medieval Philosophy email address MedPhilGU@gmail.com or by mail to: Prof. Mark Henninger, S.J., Center for Medieval Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 20057. If mailed, the package must be postmarked by May 15, 2012.
  • Winners will be notified on June 30, 2012.