The Beets Paper Contest, funded by the late Dr. and Mrs. Henry Beets, provides awards annually for the best student research papers in historical, theological, or biblical studies in the Calvinist/Reformed tradition. Open to all students enrolled in a Religion course during the Spring and Fall semesters of the calendar year, papers devoted to a historical/systematic theological theme or to a social, cultural, or moral issue should seek as much as possible to treat that theme or issue from a distinctively Reformed theological or cultural perspective. Papers devoted to a theme in biblical studies should seek as much as possible to relate that theme to the ongoing vitality and meaning of the Calvinist tradition. All prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Department of Religion.


Submissions from 2021


One in the Spirit: An Exploration of and Movement Toward the Theology Behind Acceptance of, Affirmation of, and Advocacy for Transgender People in the Church, Jo Newton

Submissions from 2019


Augustine’s Privation Theory of Evil, Emily Jiang


Mathematics of the Infinite God in the Works of Nicholas of Cusa, Lauren Henderson

Submissions from 2018

The Idea of the Fall of the Devil in the Theology of St. Anselm of Canterbury, Hannah Gritter

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard., Elena van Stee

The Pastoral Use of the Virgin Mary in St. Ambrose, Joshua Polanski

Submissions from 2014


From the Fathers to Trent: An Examination into the Patristic Grounds for Transubstantiation, Klaas Walhout


Revelation 13 and the Imperial Cult, Chang In Sohn

Submissions from 2013


Religious Images through Protestant Eyes, Julia LaPlaca

Submissions from 2001

Paul’s Ascent to Paradise: 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 in Its Ancient Context, Bethany Tanis

Submissions from 1969


Euthanasia: A Calvinistic Interpretation, Charles Deur