• In no more than 3,000 words, provide a response that addresses the prompt.


  • The top five competitors from the first round will be selected as finalists. Finalists must revise and expand their proposals in greater detail, now with an 8,000-word limit. They must also produce a poster design to serve as a visual guide to their proposal.
  • Note, the competition judges will not see submissions from the first round. They will see only the final submission.


  • Teams are not limited in the assistance or resources they may use.
  • Only two members from each team will be invited to defend their ideas at NYU in the final competition.
  • All papers must be submitted in PDF format, double-spaced with 12-pt Times New Roman font and 1 inch margins.
  • Only one team of four undergraduates from any given college may be allowed to compete in finals.
  • The word count may exclude footnotes and endnotes.
  • All poster designs must be submitted in PDF format. The CSAW staff will print the design onto a poster for presentation at the competition.

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