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HSS Public Policy Case Competition

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The Demosthenes Prize

Public Policy Case Competition

The School of Humanities & Social Sciences at The College of New Jersey

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to sponsor the Demosthenes Prize. This is an annual team-based competition that is open to all TCNJ students. The Demosthenes Prize aims to foster intellectual collaboration, strengthen skill in verbal communication and argument, and promotion serious discussion of critical public policy issues. In this competition, the winning teams will be awarded $300 and be lauded on the HSS webpage.

The topic of this year’s competition is “Equal Opportunity.” Participating teams are asked to submit a proposal of no more than 2,000 words, together with no more than 3 exhibits, in response to the following prompt:

With income inequality among the highest in the developed world, millions of lost jobs from the Great Recession, long-term declines in manufacturing, stagnant social mobility, dramatically rising higher education costs, and lagging wages, the U.S. faces serious questions about the ability to provide adequate access to the middle class for future generations. What policy should New Jersey pursue to help ensure citizens of the state have equal opportunity for economic prosperity and social advancement?

Overview of Rules and Procedures:

  1. Students must work in teams of 3 and at least 1 member of each team must have a major in a department or program within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  2. Teams must register for the competition by 5pm on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 online at:
  3. All submissions must be sent electronically as PDF documents to by 5pm on Sunday, March 23, 2014.
  4. A panel of faculty members will select the top 3 proposals and notify participating teams by 5pm on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
  5. The top 3 teams will offer 10-15 minute presentations, based on their proposals, in a public forum on the TCNJ campus that will take place 6:00-7:30pm on Thursday, April 3, 2014.  Each team member must play an active role in the group presentation.

Here are the guidelines for the proposal: Policy Case Proposal Guidelines (Word doc).

A panel of judges, comprised of public officials and/or faculty members, will select the winning team.  The panel will place high value on presentations that demonstrate cost-effectiveness, creativity, analytic rigor, and skill in written and oral communication.

Any questions should be sent to Prof. John Sisko, Faculty Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at


This competition is modeled after the Penn Wharton PPI Public Policy Case Competition

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