The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History sponsors four writing awards each year. Entries will be considered by a panel of historians invited by the KATH Board to serve as judges. See below on specifics regarding each award. The winners will be honored at the annual KATH meeting.
|The Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Student Writing Award is awarded to an undergraduate student who has written an outstanding research paper on a United States history topic while attending a Kentucky college or university (during that academic year). The winner will receive a $100 prize and a certificate. All entries must be accompanied by a letter from the supervising history professor or, if unavailable, the chair of the department, recommending the paper. The sponsor must be able to certify that the paper was written for an undergraduate class and completed in the academic year in which the award is given. The student’s permanent mailing address should appear on the title page of the paper. Manuscripts, excluding endnotes and appendices, must not exceed twenty-five (25) typed pages in length and should conform to the rules of A Manual of Style (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), in regard to bibliography, endnotes and other grammatical and stylistic matters. A student shall NOT enter more than ONE paper.
Dr. Pattie Dillon,
Spalding University, Louisville
|The Ray Betts Award provides a $100.00 prize for the outstanding undergraduate research paper on a world history topic. The paper can consider American issues and material if the bulk of the paper has a world focus. Papers can be from any time in world history but must have been written for an undergraduate course taught for a Kentucky college or university during the academic year in which the award is given. The paper must be a minimum of 2500 words excluding required notes, bibliography, and cover page. Please submit one copy of the paper with the cover sheet, ensuring that the student’s name does not appear elsewhere in the paper (headers, etc.) so that copies of the paper can be distributed to the judges. The paper needs to be accompanied by a letter of nomination from the professor recommending the paper for the award and certifying the above requirements. No other materials are needed.
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|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 paper may be on any historical topic. It should be article length, double-spaced, 12 pt. type, and conform to the rules of The Chicago Manual of Style in regard to bibliography, footnotes/endnotes, and other grammatical and stylistic matters. The winner will receive a $100 and a certificate. All entries must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the supervising history professor or, if unavailable, the chair of the department. The student’s permanent mailing address should appear on the title page of the paper.
Amanda L. Higgins, Kentucky Historical Society, firstname.lastname@example.org
|The Anita Sanford Tolson High School Writing Award is awarded to a high school student who has written an outstanding paper on a history-related topic. Teachers will submit the papers. The winner will receive a certificate and cash award of $100. The paper’s topic will be determined by the writer. The paper’s length will be 1,500 to 2,500 words, exclusive of bibliography and supplemental material. The paper’s bibliography will include a minimum of eight (8) references (excluding standard encyclopedia), some of which must be primary sources. Citations — footnotes, endnotes, or internal documentation — are required. Papers will be evaluated on the following criteria (in the order of their importance): overall quality; depth of research; analysis and interpretation of information; effectiveness of topic development; and length. The paper’s cover page will include the following information: the writer’s name, grade, permanent address, phone number; date of submission; the school’s name, teacher sponsor’s name, address, and phone number (also include contact information during summer months).
Heidi Taylor-Caudill, Director of Archives
Catholic Diocese of Owensboro,
KATH Student Writing Award Winners