Guidelines for the NJSAA Graduate Student Paper in New Jersey History Award

The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Graduate Student Award is intended to recognize excellence at the Graduate level in writing about New Jersey history. It is presented to a graduate student for an original paper that best demonstrates significant research and writing about any aspect of New Jersey History; and carries with it a prize of $150 and publication in New Jersey Studies.

Submission Criteria:

Papers in the humanities and social sciences that address historical cases are encouraged. The paper must have been written within the last three (3) calendar years. It may take the form of an unpublished manuscript, a seminar paper, or a single chapter from a thesis or dissertation. Whatever its source, the paper must include a thesis, introduction, and conclusion. It cannot have been submitted for publication anywhere else, and may not exceed 30 pages of double spaced text with a standard 12 point font. Papers may be self nominated, but must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor that must address the quality and originality of the submission. A direct nomination by a faculty member must include a similar letter.

Submission Process

The deadline for submission is 30 September of the current academic year. Papers and letters of recommendation may be submitted electronically to Paul Israel, chair of the award committee, at pisrael@rutgers.edu.

Evaluation criteria

The committee welcomes submitted papers that are outstanding. Each submission will be evaluated on the basis of four criteria: 1) the strength of the historical narrative; 2) the thoroughness of the author's research and the mastery of sources; 3) the quality of the author's analysis of his/her subject, including its historical and historiographical context; and 4) appropriate use of the standard forms of historical citation. Questions concerning the NJSAA Graduate paper award should be directed to Paul Israel at the above email address.