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High School Students Invited to take part in Distinguished Lecture Series Essay Contest

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUGUST 23, 2011 - High school students from across the Rio Grande Valley are invited to take part in an essay competition as part of the fall Distinguished Lecture Series at The University of Texas at Brownsville featuring David M. Oshinsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian.

David M. Oshinsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian

Students are invited to submit entries on the following topic: “How would you design your senior year to make it more useful and relevant in preparing for college or the job market?”

The contest is open to any high school student attending a private or public high school.  Essays will be judged on the basis of their originality and thoughtfulness. A panel of judges will select the 10 best essays. Oshinsky will select the first, second and third place winners.

The top three winners receive $250, $200 and $150 respectively and the seven finalists will receive $100 each. The winners will be recognized at the Student Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, October 13 at the Jacob Brown Auditorium.

Essays must be 1,000 words or less and in Microsoft Word file format (Office 97 version or higher.) All essays must include the student’s full name, school name, teacher’s name or class and grade level.

All e-mailed essays must be sent as attachments with the subject line titled “DLS ESSAY.” Deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 by e-mail to Veronica.M.Garcia@utb.edu.

Students can also mail their entries to Veronica M. Garcia, UTB Development Office, 80 Fort Brown Brownsville, Texas 78520. Entries must be postmarked by Monday Sept. 26.

Oshinsky’s visit to the campus is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, an important fundraiser that provides support for student and faculty trips, research and projects for which state funds are not available

He will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 13, at the Science and Engineering Technology Building Lecture Hall.  Advanced ticket purchases are recommended for the evening lecture since there is limited seating.

Oshinsky is a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book, “Polio: An American Story” which will be topic of his evening lecture. The book details the powerful story of polio, from the March of Dimes to the discovery of the Salk and Sabin vaccines to the present day struggle against polio in isolated parts of the world.

Please call the Office of Development at (956)882-4332 or purchase tickets online

For more information about the essay contest, please call the Office of Development at (956) 882-4327.


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