History of the Award:
The Peter Deland Award is given annually in April in memory of a beloved member of the English/Humanities Department. Student papers are submitted to the awards committee by Farmingdale faculty members. There are two $100 prizes: one for best personal essay, the other for best research paper.
The award is given in two categories: best personal essay and best research paper. Papers must reflect a personal code of ethics on an issue with a clear ethical or moral dimension. All English department faculty are asked to announce the competition for the award in their classes.
Faculty should select a candidate for the award from papers written for EGL 101 classes during the calendar year. For example, papers written in both the spring and fall semesters in 2012 are eligible for submission by the December 15 deadline.
Papers must be original and substantial (three to seven typewritten pages). Individual faculty members should limit submissions to three student papers. Each paper should be submitted to Margery L. Brown with the student's name, address, telephone number, and RAM ID number but without the name of the instructor, comments from the instructor, or a grade from the instructor.
The deadline for submission of papers is December 15, 2012. The winning essays will be selected by the award committee by April 15, 2013. Runners-up may also be selected for special mention. The results of the competition will be announced on English Awards Day. The two winners will receive their awards from the English Awards Day Featured Speaker and be invited to read their papers as part of a special session in the Ward Hall Great Room, time and date TBA. The winning essays may appear on this webpage. Each winner will receive an award of $100.00.