University of Miami Op-Ed Challenge

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Overview

The Op-Ed Challenge is an academic research writing competition that challenges graduate students to present their research and its significance to a general audience via a concise opinion piece known as an op-ed.

Originally derived from its position opposite the editorial page in a newspaper, an op-ed is a 600–800-word column that conveys a clearly defined purpose and point of view and is written by an authoritative voice in the field. Op-ed writers use facts, statistics, anecdotes, and logic to support their expert opinions and inform and persuade the reader.

 Eligibility and Rules

  1. Competitors must be enrolled in a University of Miami doctoral or master’s program that requires an electronic thesis or dissertation (ETD; click here for a list of eligible programs).
  2. Submissions must be sole-authored and written in Fall 2022. Previously published work is not eligible.
  3. Submissions are limited to 600-800 words.
  4. Competitors may seek assistance with proofreading and editing, but the submissions must primarily be the original work of the competitor. Submissions may be submitted to SafeAssign or other plagiarism-detecting software.

Interest Form

Students who meet the eligibility criteria and want to participate in the Op-Ed Challenge must submit an interest form by September 26, 2022.

Complete the Interest Form

Timeline

September 19th

Op-Ed Challenge Kick-Off Event
September 26th Op-Ed Challenge Interest Form Submission Deadline
October 7th

Cultivating Your Public Voice: How, Why, and For Whom Do We Write Op-Eds? - Workshop for Competitors Led by Dr. Christina Lane

October 10th Op-Ed Drafts Due
October 13th-16th Competitors can participate in either the Graduate Writing Retreat or schedule a one-on-one feedback meeting with a member of the Op-Ed Challenge Steering Committee or receive writing support from the University's Writing Center
October 24th Op-Ed Final Submissions Due
Late October-Mid November Judging
Late November-Early December Winners Selected and Announced

 

If you have any questions about the Op-Ed Challenge, please contact Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Patricia Sanchez Abril at pabril@bus.miami.edu