West Virginia University officials are encouraging students to put their thoughts about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the U.S.-led war on terrorism in writing.


For the third straight year, the Provosts Office, with assistance from the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, is sponsoring a student essay contest in conjunction with the2002 Benedum Lecture Series.The theme for this years lecture series is”September 11th: One Year Later.”


Up to five prizes will be awarded, one for $1,000 and as many as four for $500 apiece, supported by resources from the Provosts Office and CEMR , Provost Gerald Lang said. The prizes are intended to be distributed among the four undergraduate classes.


Essays must be related to the theme of this years series and may also pertain to one of the four planned presentations, scheduled for Sept. 18 and Oct. 2, 9, and 16, Lang said. Special consideration will be given to those essays that synthesize the major ideas of the series.


All undergraduate students on the WVU Morgantown campus are eligible to compete; first-year students are especially encouraged to participate. A panel of distinguished faculty will serve as judges.


Essays should be 1,500-2,500 words in length, double-spaced and in standard font. They are due Wednesday, Nov. 13, four weeks after the final lecture. Three copies should be sent to Benedum Essay Competition, 210 Stewart Hall, WVU , P.O. Box 6203, Morgantown, WV26506 -6203. For more details, contact C. B. Wilson, associate provost for academic personnel, at 304-293-2021.


For the full listing of University-Morgantown 9-11 remembrance activities, go tohttp://www.wvu.eduand click on the”We Remember”icon.