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The Second Annual (2012) Richard A. Clarke
National Security & Counter - Terrorism Scholarship Competition

Open to graduate students in good standing in M.A. and Ph.D. programs




I. THE COMPETITION

The Center for First Amendment Studies, in conjunction with A-Mark Financial and the web site www.911plus.org, announces the second annual national monograph scholarship competition for graduate students in good standing at American universities.

The scholarships will be given in honor of former counter-terrorism czar, Richard A. Clarke, who authored several books related to national security, including Against All Enemies (2004) and Cyber War (2010).


II. SCHOLARSHIPS

  • First place scholarship will be $20,000;
  • second place, $10,000; and
  • third place, $5,000 in prize money.

    (These scholarships may be subject to tax if not used for tuition, books, and other educational expenditures.)

  • The monographs of the three 2011 scholarship winners are posted on the Center's site at: www.firstamendmentstudies.org.


III. SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION RULES AND INFORMATION

  1. The submitted monographs shall address the following:

    Beyond capturing and killing terrorists, some nations have seemingly evolved effective means of preventing violent extremism and countering radicalization.

    A. What are some of the better examples of such successful programs?
    B. How could such programs be more broadly utilized to combat terrorism against the United States?

  2. This competition is limited to graduate students in good standing in master's and doctoral programs at accredited American universities in the United States or its territories.

  3. Steps to enter the competition:

    A. Obtain a signed letter from your department chair or dean certifying that you are a graduate student in good standing in the spring semester of 2011 at your university (graduate students may be in either Master's or Doctoral programs). Send the letter with a note indicating that you intend to participate in The Competition. Mail your note and letter from your chair or dean by June 1, 2012 to:

    The 2nd Annual (2012) Richard A. Clarke National Security & Counter-Terrorism Scholarship Competition
    Center for First Amendment Studies
    AS 309
    California State University, Long Beach
    1250 Bellflower Blvd
    CA 90840-2007
    B. Write your monograph in Times New Roman font, size 12, with one-inch margins and double spacing throughout, including block quotations and endnotes.
    C. Do not use a running head; number pages in single Arabic numerals at the bottom center of each page.
    D. Use the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition or later, as your guide regarding all matters of form and style. Monographs are not to exceed 50 double-spaced pages (8 x 11) including cover page, endnotes, graphs, charts, and all other material (scholarly monographs are normally 20 to 40 pages in length in draft form).
    E. Number the cover page as page one of the monograph and include the title of the monograph (bold and underlined), your name, major, university, mailing address, e-mail address, and contact phone number. At the bottom of the cover page, include the following sentence: "I pledge that the following monograph is an original work and mine alone," followed by the date and your signature. (Do not identify yourself any other place in the monograph since the cover page will be removed for the blinded review by the judges.)

  4. The submitted monographs must be original scholarly works by a single author, in English only; the submitted monographs must not have been published elsewhere. The unauthorized, uncited use, or close imitation of the language of another author and the representation of it as the entrant's own work shall result in disqualification. The competition sponsors shall not be held liable for an entrant's violation of any third party including, but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent infringement, or defamation. Entrants must have full ownership rights of their submitted work. No author may submit more than one monograph.

  5. Each monograph will be blinded and then assessed by a panel of qualified judges using the following criteria (alphabetically):

    - Adherence to The Scholarship Competition Rules.
    - Depth of Analysis.
    - Grammar, punctuation and spelling.
    - Quality of arguments.
    - Quality of evidence and sources.
    - Scholarly merit, objectivity and accuracy.
    - Significance of policy suggestions for the future.

  6. The decision of the judges is final and not subject to appeal.

  7. A searchable database of over 6,500 sourced quotations from over 110 published books, publications and other media has been provided at www.911plus.org for use of entrants. However, it is expected that entrants will also use other sources for this competition.

  8. Entrants should feel free to discuss their project with their university advisors. We encourage using the submitted monographs as a basis for theses or dissertations.

  9. The top three monographs will be published online by the Center for First Amendment Studies and www.911plus.org. The scholarship recipients shall provide The Center for First Amendment Studies with a copyright release form only for the purpose of posting the selected monographs for the website of The Center and 911plus.org. The scholarship recipients shall retain all other copyrights to their monographs.

  10. Winners shall provide final revised versions of their monographs in PDF or MS Word format for posting on the website of The Center and 911plus.org. The deadline for submission of final monograph is August 1, 2012.

For additional information see:
www.firstamendmentstudies.org or
www.911plus.org.

For a summary of the 2011 competition, the winners, and their monographs see:
www.911plus.org/contest-summary.php.

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