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December 7, 2005

Source: Laurentian University of Sudbury:

President's Award for Excellence Essay Competition

Once again, Laurentian University is offering its students the opportunity to demonstrate their strengths as writers by participating in the President's Award for Excellence Essay Competition.

This year, students will be able to choose from one of the three following topics:

1. Canada has the highest level of per capita water consumption in the world while more than one billion people do not have access to potable water. Does the country have a responsibility to alleviate this disparity in water resources and how might it do this?

2. Several natural disasters - such as the Tsunami in South Asia and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans - have occurred over the past year. What is the human and financial cost of these events, and is it possible for us to predict them or plan for them more effectively?

3. While women were once underrepresented in university programs, they now make up 65% of the undergraduate student body. How would you account for this change? Should we be alarmed by the imbalance and do something to ensure that men are equally represented?

As in previous years, the President's Award for Excellence is comprised of two competitions, one for essays written in English and the other for essays written in French. The two first prizes are $2,500, while both runner-up prizes are $1,000. Laurentian University President Dr. Judith Woodsworth hopes that these timely topics will entice students to submit an essay.

To qualify, students must be Canadian citizens; be registered in a minimum of 21 credits in an undergraduate program at the Sudbury campus of Laurentian University during the 2005-2006 academic year; fill out an application form from the University's Office of the President, located in room L-1124 of the R.D. Parker Building; and write a high-calibre essay (maximum 4,500 words) to be submitted on or before 4 p.m., on February 17, 2006.

The President's Award for Excellence Essay Competition is made possible by the Sudbury District Boys' Home Charitable Trust, which was created when the Home, which was founded in 1967, ceased to operate in 1982. Its assets were converted into a charitable trust and distributed among a number of local institutions, including Laurentian University.

For more information, please call Silvie Allard, Office of the President at Laurentian University, at (705) 675-1151, ext. 3410.

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Paul de la Riva
Public Affairs
Laurentian University
Sudbury, Ontario
(705) 675-1151, ext. 3406



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