Saturday, February 16, 2013

The 2013 Paul A. Stellhorn Undergraduate New Jersey History Award

Are you an undergraduate who has written a paper on some aspect of New Jersey History?  If so, you may want to polish the paper up and submit it for the 2013 Stellhown Award.  Here are the details:

The Stellhorn Award recognizes excellence in undergraduate writing about New Jersey history.  It commemorates the career of an outstanding and much-loved historian of New Jersey, the late Paul A. Stellhorn.

In 2013, there will be one or more awards  two categories, one for course or seminar papers, the other for senior theses.  Awards will consist of a framed certificate and a cash award.  The sponsors will present the award(s) at the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Annual Conference in November 2013.  The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance will invite the recipient(s) to speak about her, his, or their work at one of the Alliance’s 2014 meetings.

Submission Criteria

• Papers or theses may be about any subject in New Jersey’s history. They need not be nominated by history professors.

• Nominated works should be truly outstanding in all respects (see evaluation criteria, below).

• Senior theses are eligible for the award and will be judged separately in their own category.

• Papers or theses must be nominated by the professors for whose courses students wrote them or who mentored the thesis or served as one of its readers.  Students may not nominate their own papers or theses.

• Papers or theses must have been written by undergraduate students attending colleges or universities during calendar 2011, 2012, or 2013.

• Papers by graduate students are not eligible unless a student submitted an undergraduate paper about New Jersey history during 2011, 2012, or 2013.

Email nominating letters and papers by  June 1, 2013, to, or surface-mail nominating letters and four (4) copies of each paper by the same date to Richard Waldron, 150 Flock Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619;  609.468.3824.

Evaluation Criteria

A paper or thesis submitted for the Stellhorn Award will be evaluated on the basis of its narrative strength, the thoroughness of its author’s research (mastery of sources and the standard forms of historical citation), and analysis of the paper’s subject, including its historical context.  A nominated paper should, therefore, tell a good story, explain its  subject’s significance and how the subject changed over time, and  utilize a broad array of relevant primary and secondary sources.

Evaluators are historians the sponsors have chosen for the breadth and depth of their knowledge of New Jersey and American history.

Sponsors: The Stellhorn Award’s sponsors are the New Jersey Studies AcademiAlliance; the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Department of State; Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries; the New Jersey Caucus, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference; and the New Jersey Council for History Education.