2010 Margaret Mullany Panos Essay Contest: Integrity


“Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching.” –Anonymous

“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” –Samuel Johnson

For the 2010 Margaret Mullany Panos Essay Contest, all students are invited to submit a 1000-word essay on the topic of “Integrity.” In developing an essay on this subject, you may explore integrity from the angle of any academic discipline, or your personal observation and experience. Here are some questions to spur your thinking, but please do not feel confined or restricted to them:

  1. What does “integrity” mean to you?
  2. What are the sources of integrity?
  3. Is integrity still valued in today’s world?
  4. What are the obstacles to integrity? Is it possible to enjoy both integrity and success?

The prize for first place is $500; for second place, $300; and for third, place, $150. The winning essays will chosen by members of the Honors Program Committee on the basis of originality, organization, grammar, and style.

The winners will be recognized at the University Honors Convocation at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, May 5, and the winning essay will be read aloud by the author at the ceremony.

The deadline for entries is 5:00 pm on Monday, April 5. All entries must be emailed to Professor Robert Darst (rdarst@umassd.edu) as a *.doc attachment. Essays must be no longer than 1000 words; longer essays will be discarded.