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AddRan Festival

Undergraduate Scholarship and Creativity




The AddRan festival celebrates the scholarship and creativity of students who are majors or minors in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners. You can showcase your work in any of the following ways.

  • Paper Contest – submit a paper from one of your AddRan courses for faculty evaluation. Papers must be from Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019.
  • Poster Contest – display a poster at the festival and stand next to it and interact with festival participants to communicate your research or project.
  • Creative Writing – Present poetry or prose.
  • Oral Presentations – Deliver a 10 to 15 minute traditional academic style presentation or project followed by a question and answer session.
  • Middle East Studies – Submit papers, posters, and presentations on any topic related to the Middle East and Islam. You may submit the same proposal for the AddRan general competition and the Middle East studies component.

See the full Festival schedule here. 

The festival is held on two consecutive days. Day 1 is comprised of the poster, creativity, and oral presentations sessions. The winners of each of the oral presentation sessions will advance to the semi-final round on Day 2. The top four Ted Talk presentations and the top four creative writing presentations advance to a final round to compete for the best presentations. The winners of the paper contest will be announced on Day 2.

How To Enter

Select “Submit a Proposal” below to view the requirements. The deadline for proposal submissions in March 22.

Submit a Proposal


What are the requirements for a paper submission?

Guidelines for submission to the AddRan Festival paper competition:


—Papers must be researched.

—Papers must be between 12 and 20 pages long

—Papers must include a title, 150 word abstract and written in a well documented scholarly manner.


Judging Criteria

To view the judging criteria for the AddRan Fest competitions, please click the links below.

Oral Presentation Criteria

Paper Submission Criteria

Creative Writing Criteria


Middle East Studies Competition

All undergraduates are invited to submit a proposal to present original work in the Middle East Studies competition. Presentation options include: a paper, poster, or oral presentation.

Any topics related to the Middle East and Islam qualify for this competition. You may submit the same proposal to the AddRan Festival general competition as well as the Middle East Studies competition.

To apply, please follow the link above to submission forms. 

For more information, please contact Professor Hammad.