Outstanding Paper by a Graduate Student

The Society of Civil War Historians will make one award of $500 for the Outstanding Paper by a Graduate Student presenting at the SCWH conference in Pittsburgh, May 31-June 2, 2018. All graduate students delivering papers at the conference are eligible. Submissions for the award must be identical to the papers being read at the conference and should be limited to 4500-5000 words, including notes. The award is for single-authored papers only. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 27, 2018. The winner will be notified prior to the conference; the formal announcement will be made during the welcoming remarks, Thursday, May 31, 6:00 pm. Students should submit their papers as a PDF attachment in an email to each member of the selection committee:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Leonard (chair), Colby College, (elizabeth.leonard@colby.edu)
  • Dr. Richard McCaslin, University of North Texas, (mccaslin@unt.edu)
  • Dr. Jacqueline Campbell, Francis Marion University, (jcampbell@fmarion.edu)

This award is part of the Graduate Student Connection Committee’s mission, “to encourage graduate student participation at the Society of Civil War Historians Biennial Meeting. Professional and social events will enhance networking opportunities and increase the presence of graduate students within the SCWH.”


2016 Outstanding Paper by a Graduate Student Winner:

Kathleen ThompsonKathleen Logothetis Thompson, of West Virginia University, won the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper, “That the soldier was insane is not established”: Insanity and Suicide in Civil War Pensions. Caroline Janney, SCWH president, presented the award during the welcome of the 2016 SCWH conference in Chattanooga, TN.



Previous Winners:

2014: Patrick Doyle, “‘Replacement Rebels: Confederate Substitution and the Issue of Citizenship”

2012: Evan Rothera, “‘Our South American Cousin’: Domingo F. Sarmiento and the Case for Comparative Reconstructions”

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