2017 Undergraduate Essay Competition

“Should the U.S. Electoral College be abolished, reformed, or left to the states to determine?”

The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy invites all University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate students to participate in our 2017 essay competition. This year's essay question reflects on the continuing relevance of our constitutional system of checks and balances. Contestants are asked to write a 1,000 word essay responding to the following question: “Should the U.S. Electoral College be abolished, reformed, or left to the states to determine?”

First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250

Essays will be accepted until Friday, March 17, 2017. The Center will announce the prize winners by the end of March, 2017. All submissions should be emailed to Dr. Jonathan Schwartz at jschwartz8@wisc.edu.


Summer School Scholarships
Tocqueville's Democracy in America
Prof. Richard Avramenko
May 15 to June 9, 2017

The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy has a limited number of scholarships ($1500 each) for University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduates to participate in summer session course with Professor Richard Avramenko. The class is PS460: Tocqueville's Democracy in America. The class will run from May 15 - June 9, 2017.

Apply Here!