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Real Estate Management Student Essay Competition

IREM and the IREM Foundation sponsor an annual student essay competition to encourage and recognize excellence in the study and practice of real estate property and asset management.

Purpose of the Competition

  • To encourage and recognize excellence in the study of real estate property and asset management
  • To support the study of real estate property and asset management that has practical application to the industry and would benefit its practitioners
  • To promote the development of future real estate management professionals

Nick Gonzalves Award and Recognition

  • A cash award of $500 and a recognition plaque, presented at the IREM awards ceremony held during IREM's Global Summit
  • Complimentary registration plus expenses to attend IREM’s 2017 Global Summit in Chicago, IL.

Essay topics change annually, but are always tied to real estate property and asset management.  The annual essay topic is revealed every January.  Here are some past topics along with the winning submissions:

Topic for 2017 Student Essay Competition
Successful executives have been known to say that they attribute their success to one of their mentors – to someone who took an interest in them and helped guide them in their careers. As someone starting a career in real estate management, are you looking for someone to advise you and guide you in your career? What would you look for in a mentor? And how would you make it a worthwhile experience for the mentor, as well as for you?

Eligibility and Requirements
Essay submissions must be written by a student who, at the time of submission, is enrolled fulltime in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in a field related to real estate.

Dates and Deadlines
June 30 - Submission deadline
August 1 - Notification to the award recipient and to all other student authors will be no later than this date
October - Presentation of award at IREM’s awards ceremony at the IREM Global Summit.

Submission Guidelines
To be eligible for consideration for the competition, a submission shall:

  • Address the topic indicated above
  • Be an original work written by a single student; the submission cannot be co-authored.
  • Fully and properly reference any outside sources that are used.
  • Be between 1,000 and 1,500 words in length.
  • Be written in MSWord using:
    • Times New Roman
    • 12 point typeface
    • Double-spaced
    • MLA Format
  • Include a cover page containing the following:
    • The author's name, contact information, academic institution, field of study, and expected date of   graduation.
    • The following statement, signed and dated: "The author certifies that the work is his/her own, that he/she meets all eligibility criteria, that it has not previously been published, and that if it is selected as the winning entry it may be published by IREM.
  • Be accompanied with a brief letter from a faculty advisor confirming the student author’s status, field of study, and the institution granting the degree.
  • Be submitted electronically to on or before June 30.

Review Criteria

Entries will be judged anonymously by a panel of practicing real estate managers. Evaluation of submissions will take into consideration:

  • Importance of the topic to the real estate management industry
  • Practical application to the industry
  • Sourcing of conclusions and observations through such vehicles as research and interviews, with appropriate citations
  • Clarity, originality, organization, and presentation of the material

For questions or more information contact:
Career Services
Institute of Real Estate Management
430 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Telephone: 312-329-6001

Download Student Essay Competition Application

Wyatt Woeltje
2016 Winning Essay: “The Golden Rule in Real Estate Management” by Wyatt Woeltje from Union University



Andrew Steele
2015 Winning Essay: ““Educating the Property Managers of Tomorrow” by Andrew Steele from Brigham Young University



LJ Heaton
2014 Winning Essay: “Hiring the Real Estate Managers of Tomorrow” by LJ Heaton from Brigham Young University



Nick Gonzalves
Winning Essay: “Social Media & Property Management: How real estate managers can effectively utilize social media and address the challenges created by these platforms” by Nick Gonzalves from Brigham Young University