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W. P. Carey Council for Inclusive Excellence launches paper competition

Students are encouraged to submit papers by March 22 for the chance to present at the W. P. Carey Inclusive Excellence Research Summit.

Emily Beach

The W. P. Carey Council for Inclusive Excellence is a group of employees, including a student representative, from a broad array of units and departments who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture at W. P. Carey. The council meets monthly and focuses on driving school initiatives to meet faculty, staff, and student needs. For the first time, the council is holding a research paper competition.

This competition offers W. P. Carey students a chance to win up to $250 and to present during the second annual W. P. Carey Inclusive Excellence Research Summit. The competition's goal is to get students thinking and writing about inclusive excellence in business.

Students can choose any inclusive excellence topic related to current events in business and write a 1500-word paper, which will be judged on its quality of analysis, writing, and originality. Members of the W. P. Carey Committee for Inclusive Excellence will review each entry, with select faculty providing a final review.

Prizes include:

  • First place: $250
  • Second place: $150
  • Third place: $100

Winners will also have the opportunity to work with a mentor and submit their manuscripts for publication.

Rules for submission:

  • Competition is only available to all W. P. Carey students.
  • Each student may only submit one paper.
  • Group submissions will be accepted with up to three student authors per submission. At least one student from each group submission must be a W. P. Carey student.
  • Papers should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words.
  • Sources must be properly cited, using APA style, at the end of the paper (references do not count toward the word limit).
  • Submissions are due by March 22, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. AZ time.
  • To submit a paper, email a Microsoft Word, Google Doc, or PDF to with the following subject line: Inclusive Excellence Paper Competition - [Students' Name] - [Article Title]
  • Winners will be announced by email on April 5, 2024, and are required to attend the Inclusive Excellence Research Summit on April 16.

Evaluation criteria

Quality of analysis, writing, and originality.

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