Undergraduate Writing Contest

Capitol Archaeological Institute’s Official Undergraduate Monthly Blog Competition

ATTENTION undergraduate students in archaeology, classics and history!

The Capitol Archaeological Institute at the George Washington University (CAI) is pleased to announce its new undergraduate blog competition! The CAI blog will be an opportunity exclusively for undergraduate students to get their name and research out in the public sphere. We will choose anywhere from 3-6 blog posts per month to be featured on the official CAI blog and across all of the CAI’s social media. In turn, reference your posts in your resumes under online publications.

Each month the Capitol Archaeological Institute hosts a new theme featured on our social media sites for our “History with a Twist” project. Follow the CAI throughout the month on Facebook to see when we reveal next month’s theme! Blogs will only be accepted if they follow the theme of the upcoming month. To enter, you must first follow the CAI Facebook Page, find us on Facebook at “Capitol Archaeological Institute” and click ‘Like’ so you can watch for the upcoming theme of the month!

We all know how awesome archaeology is, so help us get more people interested! We don’t just want to see a term paper- write an archaeology blog that turns the public on! You still have to cite your sources when necessary- but remember to write for the public and not just for scholars, because unlike an academic journal this will be posted for anyone in the world to see, so let’s draw them in!!

Deadline for submission with be 5pm on the last day of the month.

Blog competition criteria:

  1. Must be undergraduate student
  2. 1,500-2,500 words
  3. Must cite sources when applicable
  4. Must follow the general theme of the month applied for
  5. Blog may include images but still must satisfy the word count criteria
  6. Technical “with a twist,” write with flare, make it personal, and bring more people over to the ‘ark’ side!

To enter:

  1. ‘Like’ the Capitol Archaeological Institute Facebook Page
  2. Send an email to [email protected]
  3. Include an attachment in word of your entry with your:
    1. Full Name
    2. School and year in school
    3. Major (and Minor)
    4. Preferred email contact
    5. Contact information of a supervising professor


Deadline for submission with be 5 pm on the last day of the month.