This is a reminder that the Pennsylvania Historical Association is still taking submissions for the William A. Pencak Award for Best Undergraduate Research papers until July 1, 2018. The requirements are listed below:


  • Research papers (with endnotes and bibliography) on any subject in the history of Pennsylvania and/or the mid-Atlantic are welcome. Papers may be 20-30 pages in length (up to 10,000 words), formatted in double space (using a font such as Times New Roman, 12 point) and conforming to Chicago style. A committee of historians will evaluate the overall quality of the scholarship, including historiography, methodology, argumentation, and readability.
  • Papers must have been written by undergraduate students attending colleges or universities during the academic year 2017–2018.
  • For submission, papers must be nominated by the professors for whose courses students wrote them or professors who mentored the research or served as readers. Students may not nominate their own papers. Nominated papers should be based in archival sources and be truly outstanding in their contributions to historical knowledge.
  • Submission deadline, July 1, 2018. Nominated papers should be emailed (electronic form only) to Dr. Carla J. Mulford at Pennsylvania State University, The nomination packet should include a letter of nomination by the faculty member and a copy of the paper being nominated.