Osler Society and Osler Library Board of Curators Essay Contest
Medical students at McGill are invited to explore the historical, social, ethical and humanistic side of their field thanks to a new contest established by the Medical Students’ Osler Society and the Board of Curators of the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, one of the world’s great history of medicine libraries.
The contest gives undergraduate medical students the opportunity to explore any theme of interest to them in the history, social studies, sociology, ethics and humanities of the health sciences. It also provides them with the chance to be mentored by an expert in their topic drawn from the Library’s Board of Curators or elsewhere to complete their project, and to use the rich resources of the Osler Library and/or other libraries at McGill, including online resources. NB: although students are not limited to material held in the Osler Library, during the 2014 renovations of the Osler Library students can receive assistance in finding alternative sources of information.
The Osler Society is responsible for promoting the contest and encouraging participation. Prizes for the best three essays/presentations are $1,000, $500, and $250. The winner will also receive the Osler Library Board of Curators' medal. The top essays will also be published on the library website and potentially elsewhere. A list of the 2013 winners and their essays and reflective pieces are available online.
This is a two step process:
• Submit a 1 page proposal on the topic, stating the issue being researched and potential sources of information. Include your full name, status (e.g. first year medicine) and contact details. Proposals are reviewed by a committee and a mentor assigned to assist you in developing the essay. Before submitting a proposal, students can contact the Osler Library of the History of Medicine for research help. The due date is April 22nd 2014.
• With the help of the mentor, produce an essay of 3,000 words maximum (exclusive of notes, bibliography, appendices, tables) on the approved topic, using the resources of the Osler and other libraries and citing with a recognized citation style. Also submit a one to two page reflective piece describing: which library resources you came to know well due to your research; how your skills grew as a researcher; and how using library material helped you to increase the scope, depth, and significance of your subject. The due date is October 1st 2014.
The three finalists will present their essays on Osler Day, November 5th, 2014. The three prizes will be awarded on the basis of the quality of both the essay and the presentation.
The proposal, essay and reflective piece should be submitted to osler [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca