The submission deadlines for the 2013 Chase Peace Prize Competition are: April 1, 2013 for the Essay Contest and May 31, 2013 for the Senior Thesis competition.
2011 Senior Thesis Winner
Charles S. Dameron '11 won the Chase Senior Thesis Prize for "To Better Know One Another: The Meaning and Importance of Empathic Objectivity in Government-Sponsored International Broadcasting."
The Chase Peace Prize was established at Dartmouth College by Edward M. Chase, a native of Lithuania who emigrated to the United States, settling in Manchester, New Hampshire, until his death in 1939. A philanthropist of many causes, Mr. Chase established the Peace Prize in order to encourage careful reflection on the causes of war and the prospects for peace in the world. The Chase Prize is offered each year to recognize the best undergraduate essay and best Senior thesis relating to the understanding of war and the promotion of world peace.
The Chase Essay Prize
The Chase Essay contest is open to all students. A $500 monetary prize is awarded for the best essay submitted on the subject of war or peace, broadly defined, and may concern art and literature, science, politics, philosophy or any other approach to the topic. Faculty nominations are encouraged. Essays may not exceed 25 pages in length.
The Chase Senior Thesis Prize
The Chase Senior Thesis Prize is awarded to the best senior thesis that treats the subject of war, conflict resolution, the prospects and problems of maintaining peace or other related topics. The thesis may fall within any of the divisions of the College. Successful entries might include, for example:
- An analysis of the representation of war in art, literature, or music
- A historical or contemporary case study of a particular conflict
- The analysis of international institutions and their influence on peace promotion
- A philosophical or ethical analysis of war, either in general or in a specific case
- The study of the environmental causes and consequences of conflict
- A scientific study of weaponry and the impact of technological change on arms races.
Submissions may be in any format or of any length and may be made by the student or by a faculty member.
Thesis prize winners are awarded $1,500 and invited to return to campus to participate in a public event devoted to their thesis topic.This event features the prize recipient alongside experts in the appropriate field.
For more information about the Chase Peace Prize, please email the Dickey Center.