Published: April 27, 2021

The CU Denver Interdisciplinary Studies Council invites all students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to submit a research paper that draws upon scholarly insights and/or research methods from multiple academic fields.

In addition, papers that apply disciplinary knowledge to a topic or issue not traditionally associated with that discipline are likewise encouraged. 

Undergraduate and graduate student winners will each receive $500 and finalists will receive $250.

Students may choose to submit a paper they have written (or are currently writing) for any course during the current academic year. Selected essays will also be considered for publication on the College’s Interdisciplinary Studies webpage. 

  • Minimum page length for undergraduates is 8 pages, and for graduate students the minimum is 12 pages.
  • Please indicate at the top of your paper whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student. 

The submission deadline is Friday, May 14th. Please email your essay submission to

Faculty may also submit a student’s paper on their behalf, with the student’s permission.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Dr. John Tinnell at