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Student Awards 2014

In KATH Awards on October 16, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH) is proud to announce the 2014 winners of the annual awards for student writing and research in history. Entries were considered by a panel of historians invited by the KATH Board to serve as judges. The winners, who wrote their papers during the 2013-14 academic year, will be honored with a cash prize and certificate at the Annual Meeting this weekend in Louisville.

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Cody Barnett

Cody Barnett

The Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Student Writing Award is given to a student who has written an outstanding undergraduate research paper in U.S. history while attending a Kentucky college or university.

The winner of the Clark Award this year is Cody S. Barnett (Transylvania University) for his paper “The Thought of the Smell of Black Powder Smoke: Violence in Kentucky Politics and the Clayhole Election Shootout.”  Cody Barnett is from Viper, Kentucky and majored in both political science and history at Transylvania. Dr. Melissa McEuen, History professor at Transylvania University, served as his faculty sponsor.

Todd Blevins

Todd Blevins

Honorable Mention goes to Todd Blevins (Morehead State University) for his paper “Owingsville on Fire: The Second Great Awakening and the Birth of Small-Town Evangelism.”  Todd Blevins is from Owingsville, Kentucky and recently won the 2014 Camden-Carroll Library Prize for Undergraduate Research for the exemplary research conducted for his paper. Dr. Alana Cain Scott, History professor at Morehead State University, served as his faculty sponsor.

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The Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Student Writing Award is given for the outstanding undergraduate research paper on a world history topic (from any time period) while attending a Kentucky college or university.

Sona Apbasova

Sona Apbasova

The winner of the Betts Award this year is Sona B. Apbasova (Berea College) for her paper “Pan-Turkism of Republic of Turkey in post-Soviet Central Asian Republics in 1990s.” Sona Apbasova graduated from Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Washington; but for her, home is in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – one of the Turkic states in Central Asia. Dr. Rebecca Bates, History professor at Berea College, served as her faculty sponsor.

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The George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award is given to a graduate student who has written an outstanding paper while attending a Kentucky university. The paper may be on any historical topic.

Amanda Boczar

Amanda Boczar

The winner of the Herring Award this year is Amanda Boczar (University of Kentucky) for her paper “Uneasy Allies: The Americanization of Sexual Politics in South Vietnam.” Amanda Boczar graduated with an M.A. from the University of North Florida in 2010 and is working on her dissertation currently titled, “Foreign Affairs: American Policy and the Making of Love and War in Vietnam.” She anticipates graduating with the Ph.D. in 2015. Dr. Lien-Hang Nguyen, History professor at the University of Kentucky, served as her faculty sponsor.

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KATH Writing Awards 2014

The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History sponsors four writing awards each year. Entries are considered by a panel of historians invited by the KATH Board to serve as judges. The winners, who will have written the papers during the 2013-14 academic year, will be honored with a cash prize and certificate at the annual KATH meeting in October 2014. Please consider sponsoring your students’ work for these awards:

  • Anita Sanford Tolson High School Writing Award

    for a high school student who has written an outstanding paper on a history-related topic but the topic should have been determined by the writer (length of 1,500 to 2,500 words plus at least eight references including primary sources)

  • Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Student Writing Award

    for the student who has written an outstanding undergraduate research paper in history while attending a Kentucky college or university (must not exceed 25 pages) – download flyer here

  • Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Student Writing Award

    for the outstanding undergraduate research paper on a world history topic (from any time period) – the paper can consider American issues and material if the bulk of the paper has a world focus (minimum of 2500 words) – download flyer here

  • George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award

    for the graduate student who has written an outstanding research paper in history on any topic (article length) – download flyer here

Please encourage faculty to send their students’ entries via attachment to an email by Friday, September 12th to the following KATH Writing Awards committee chairs:

For specific details on the requirements for each award, please refer to the KATH webpage: https://kath-online.org/writing-awards.

Posted September 3, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth

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2 winners for Herring Prize

In KATH Awards on September 19, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

This just in from Dr. Melanie Beals Goan, chair of the Herring Graduate Student Writing Prize Committee.

The George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award is awarded to a graduate student who has written an outstanding paper while attending a Kentucky university. The article-length paper may be on any historical topic.

This year the Herring Prize goes to two winners:

  • Bethany Sharpe, “Humanity Begins at Home: America’s First Refugees and the Roots of U.S. Humanitarianism” (University of Kentucky, Dr. Jane Calvert, supervising professor)
  • Mary Osborne, “Keeping the Faith: The American and Canadian Legions Construct Memories of the First World War, 1919-1941” (University of Kentucky, Dr. James Albisetti, supervising professor).
Drs. George Herring and Melissa Goan

Dr. Herring congratulates in absentia the winner of the 2012 George C. Herring Writing Award, William Black of WKU (not pictured) with Dr. Melanie Goan (right), KATH Herring Award Committee Chair

Both winners will receive a $100 check and a certificate. Dr. George Herring has graciously offered again this year to support KATH in awarding these cash prizes.

Competition was fierce this year!  We had ten very good submissions.

Congratulations to all!

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Betts Award gets 2 winners!

In KATH Awards on September 12, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

This was a very difficult competition this year, and we have two Betts Undergraduate Writing Award prize winners!  KATH has found a way to support two submissions – the winning prize of $100 and a second one with an Honorable Mention prize of $75.

Winner of the 2013 Betts Award: Jared Flanery, UK

Dr. Phil Harling, Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, sponsored the research paper by Jared Flanery who wrote “From the Treaty Port to the Village: Intellectuals and Peasants in the Chinese Communist Revolution” for his Honors section of HIS499 (senior seminar) in Fall 2012.

Honorable Mention: Anna Helton, WKU

Dr. Chunmei Du, Assistant Professor of History at Western Kentucky University, sponsored the research paper by Anna Helton who wrote “Foreign Intrusion as Sexual Seduction: Chinese Anti-Christian Writing and Popular Disturbance” for her Honors History 460 class.

Congratulations to both winners!

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We have a winner!

The winner of the 2013 Anita Sanford Tolson High School Writing Award is Margaret Anne Foster, who in 2012-13 was in Grade 9 at North Oldham High School in Goshen, Kentucky.

Her faculty sponsor is David Green who teaches a variety of social studies classes including AP US History.

Paper title: “Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Antebellum Women’s Culture”

The Tolson Award goes to a high school student who has written an outstanding paper on a history-related topic (where the topic was determined by the writer and not by assignment). The paper must be 1,500 to 2,500 words and have at least eight references (including primary sources).

Ms. Foster will be honored with a $100 cash prize and certificate at the annual KATH meeting in Lexington on September 28th.

Posted September 6, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth

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We Have a Winner!

In Alerts,KATH Awards on August 22, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , ,

excited crowd sceneWith the roars of an excited crowd in the background, we are proud to announce that we have a winner of the 2013 Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Writing Award!

Joseph B. Brown, an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, wrote “‘Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power?’:  Politics of the Antebellum Baptist Schism in Kentucky” for his HIS499 project for Dr. Joanne Melish in the spring semester of 2013.

The paper was selected in a blind review by two judges who volunteered for the KATH Clark Award Committee.  Here are some of their comments on Mr. Brown’s work.

“The author offers a keen assessment of the relationship between religion and politics in the early 19th century, and postulates that two distinct denominations of the Baptist faith, Antimissionary and Missionary, were diametrically opposed both religiously and politically.  The assertion here is that the way these faithful adherents interpreted the Bible was also reflected in the way they interpreted the Constitution. For example, the case is presented that Antimissionary Baptists preferred a strict constructionists approach to the New Testament and the Constitution, nurturing grave concern for strong institutions within the church and the U.S. government.  Kentucky is given special consideration, and evidence is presented that in certain counties where Antimissionary Baptists dominated, Democrats were voted into office, and by the same token, Missionary  Baptists predominately voted Whig. Adding to the relevance of this discussion was the consideration of modern religious movements and their relationship to constitutional interpretation, the author noted that today’s fundamentalist Christians are also committed to a strict interpretation of the Constitution, thus indicating that religious beliefs continue to influence policy positions and attitudes toward government, just as they did in the 19th century.  Well done!”
 
“The paper is an excellent effort by an undergraduate, it shows hard work, originality, and it handled a complex problem very well. Although it sheds light on an important aspect of Kentucky and the nation’s past, the paper brings forward the questions of the past and demonstrates how they are still relevant in the present. The data contained within the Appendixes are welcomed and add much to the paper. The list of works cited show both secondary and primary sources.  There is a good opening to the paper, it presents the problem, while the rest of the paper relates the final disposition of the problem (the schism in the Baptist Church). The Epilogue brings the story to the present. The author writes in an interesting and engaging style, which will hold most readers attention. … It is interesting, well written, shows originality of thought, and the ability handle a difficult topic. The errors found are for the most part minor, showing lack of experience and typical of ones made by undergraduates. I have no reservations of recommending this paper for highest honors.”

When informed yesterday of his award and invitation to attend the upcoming KATH Annual Meeting on September 28th, Mr. Brown replied, “I am honored to receive this award and I am ecstatic about the wonderfully positive feedback my work has received from the judges.” He agreed that KATH could publish his paper on our website for future competitors to see the quality of work done.  He went on to say, “It is sincerely an honor for my paper to be recognized by such an esteemed and venerable body of scholars.”

With such gracious civility as well as excellent writing and research skills, Mr. Brown’s prospects loom large.  We are sure that all of Kentucky’s history educators are cheering for this young scholar!

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Herring Award 2013

In KATH Awards on May 28, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
2013 George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award

KATH is pleased to announce its competition for the best graduate research paper on any topic completed during the 2011-12 academic year at a Kentucky college or university. The winner will receive a $100 prize and a certificate. The award will be presented at the 2013 KATH Conference, to be held at Leestown campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington on Saturday, September 28.

Competition Guidelines

  1. A student may not submit more than one paper for the Herring Writing Award.
  2. The manuscript should be article length, typed, double-spaced, 12 point type, and conform to the rules of The Chicago Manual of Style regarding footnotes/endnotes, bibliography, and other stylistic matters.
  3. All personal identification information should be removed from the document itself (e.g., writer’s name or university in page numbers, endnotes, title page or first page). The student’s paper title, university, permanent address and current contact information should appear only in the body of the email message to which the paper is attached.
  4. The paper should be submitted as an email attachment in one of the following formats (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) to Dr. Melanie Goan at the University of Kentucky, melanie.goan@uky.edu, on or before the deadline: Midnight, Friday, August 2, 2013.
  5. The submission must be accompanied by an email message from the student’s supervising history professor (or the department chair), recommending the paper and certifying that it was written for a graduate course and completed in the 2012-13 academic year.

Please direct any questions to Melanie Goan at melanie.goan@uky.edu.

Download a flyer here and post it in your department offices today!

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See also the information for
the other KATH student writing awards
in honor of two other of our state’s great historians and educators:
Anita Sanford Tolson, Ray Betts, and Tom Clark.

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Undergraduate Writing Awards

In KATH Awards on April 15, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

Call for Undergraduate Writing Papers

The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History sponsors four writing awards for students each year – two of which are specifically for undergraduates. Entries are considered by a panel of historians invited by the KATH Board to serve as judges. The winners, who will have written the papers as students during the 2012-13 academic year, will be honored with a cash prize and certificate at the annual KATH meeting in late September 2013.

Please consider inviting your undergraduate students to submit their work for these awards:

  • Tom Clark

    Thomas D. Clark, KY’s Historian Laureate for Life, in 2000

    Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Student Writing Award
    for the student who has written an outstanding undergraduate research paper in U.S. history while attending a Kentucky college or university (must not exceed 25 pages)

    For more on the impact of Dr. Clark on the study of American history and his life-long efforts in establishing high standards for the preservation of historical artifacts, see the essay in memoriam to him in the October 2005 issue of American Historical Association’s Perspectives.

  • Ray Betts, 2006

    Raymond F. Betts, in 2006

    Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Student Writing Award
    for the outstanding undergraduate research paper on a world history topic (from any time period) – the paper can consider American issues and material if the bulk of the paper has a world focus (minimum of 2500 words)

    For more on the impact of Dr. Betts on his students, Kentucky and the world, see this blog post by Alan Cornett.

For specific details on the requirements for each award, please download the flyers and refer others to the KATH webpage: kath-online.org/writing-awards.

Please send your students’ entries to Randolph Hollingsworth via attachment to an email at dolph@uky.edu before the second week in June 2013.

Please recycle (download KATH Betts Award flyer and/or KATH Clark Award flyer here and re-post!

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KATH writing awards 2013

In KATH Awards on April 1, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History sponsors four writing awards each year. Entries are considered by a panel of historians invited by the KATH Board to serve as judges. The winners, who will have written the papers during the 2012-13 academic year, will be honored with a cash prize and certificate at the annual KATH meeting in late September 2013. Please consider sponsoring your students’ work for these awards:

  • Anita Sanford Tolson High School Writing Award

    for a high school student who has written an outstanding paper on a history-related topic but the topic should have been determined by the writer (length of 1,500 to 2,500 words plus at least eight references including primary sources)

  • Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Student Writing Award

    for the student who has written an outstanding undergraduate research paper in history while attending a Kentucky college or university (must not exceed 25 pages)

  • Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Student Writing Award

    for the outstanding undergraduate research paper on a world history topic (from any time period) – the paper can consider American issues and material if the bulk of the paper has a world focus (minimum of 2500 words)

  • George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award

    for the graduate student who has written an outstanding research paper in history on any topic (article length)

For specific details on the requirements for each award, please refer to the KATH webpage: https://kath-online.org/writing-awards.

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37th Meeting a Success

In Business Meeting,KATH Awards,KATH Conference on September 16, 2012 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

Plenary Session at KATH meeting at duPont Manual High School, Sept 15, 2012The 37th Annual Meeting of KATH was a great success: nearly 60 attendees of postsecondary faculty, secondary educators, public historians, and students. Exhibits included representatives from the University Press of Kentucky,  the United States Daughters of 1812 – Kentucky Chapter, the Filson Historical Society, the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Campbellsville University’s Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.

State Representative Steve Riggs presents legislative citation to Dr. George Herring at KATH conference, September 15, 2012

As part of a surprise organized by the U.K. History Department and the former presidents of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, State Representative Steve Riggs presented a legislative citation to our keynoter, Dr. George Herring, Professor Emeritus of the University of Kentucky.

Lunch included the incomparable performance of a Kentucky militiaman in 1812  by the talented teenager, Harry Smith under the auspices of the Kentucky Humanities Council.

The Phi Alpha Theta students from Campbellsville University will serve as guest bloggers for KATH (which will be re-posted to the H-Kentucky listserv) and give a summary of the wonderful keynote and discussion sessions.

The business meeting garnered a positive vote by acclamation for the KATH Constitution 2006 (proposed revisions 2012) which added standing committees to help organize the annual meeting, an Executive Committee 2012-13 (see below) and the presentation of three KATH student writing award certificates.

Congratulations to our new KATH leadership for 2012-13!

Executive Committee, 2012-13

  • President – Allison Hunt, duPont Manual HS
  • President-elect – Pattie Dillon, Spalding U
  • Past-President – none due to no President in 2011-12
  • Community College – Angela Ash, Owensboro CTC
  • Private/Indep – Wendy Davis, Campbellsville U
  • Public historian – Cheryl Caskey, KHS
  • Librarian/archivist – Sara Price, UK
  • K-12 representatives – Crystal Culp (McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Facility, McCracken County Schools), Chris Snow (Henry Clay, Fayette County Public Schools)
  • Public/comprehensive – not filled
  • Research university – not filled
  • At large – Jake Gibbs, Bluegrass CTC

Additional appointments to serve as members of the KATH Board

  • Secretary – Lori Maltby, Henderson CC
  • Treasurer – Alana Cain Scott, Morehead State U
  • Webmaster – Randolph Hollingsworth, UK
  • Newsletter Editor – not filled

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See more on the KATH 2012 annual meeting, including pictures, at https://kath-online.org/annual-meeting/2012-kath-meeting.

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