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Haynes Prize

Haynes Prize in Philosphy

The Thomas M. Haynes Prize for the Best Philosophy Essay Submitted in a Class During a Given Year

Undergraduates in philosophy classes are invited to submit papers in a competition for a prize to be given in honor of Thomas M. Haynes who taught philosophy at Lehigh University from 1952 until his retirement in 1983.


  1. The essay must be one submitted in fulfillment of a class requirement in a philosophy course.
  2. Any undergraduate student at Lehigh University is eligible.
  3. The essays will be judged by a panel of at least three faculty, who will judge them on a "blind" basis, i.e., not knowing who the authors are.
  4. The candidate essays should be submitted to the chairperson of the department.
  5. There is no limit on the number of essays that may be submitted by a student.
  6. There is no limit on the length of the papers submitted.
  7. Essays may be re-written in the light of instructor's comments and suggestions.
  8. Students may not submit the same essay for this prize and also for honors in philosophy.
  9. The winner will be awarded a $100.00 prize and will have his or her name inscribed on a plaque to hang in the philosophy office.  Each year one name will be added to those already present.
  10. We will attempt to secure recognition of the prize in the commencement program.
  11. The deadline for submission of candidate essays will be the last day of classes each Spring.  (No exceptions to this rule will be allowed.)