Criteria for the Paul A. Stellhorn Undergraduate Paper in New Jersey History Award

Nominations for the Paul A. Stellhorn Undergraduate Paper in New Jersey History Award are

due June 1

The Stellhorn Award recognizes excellence in undergraduate writing about New Jersey history. It honors an outstanding and much-loved historian of New Jersey, the late Paul A. Stellhorn.

In 2020, there will be one or more awards in two categories, one for course or seminar papers, the other for senior theses. Awards will consist of a certificate and a modest cash award. The sponsors will present the award(s) at the New Jersey Historical Commission’s annual conference in November 2020. The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance will invite the recipient(s) to speak about her, his, or their work at one of the Alliance’s 2021 meetings.

Stellhorn Award recipients’ papers will be eligible for publication in the online journal, New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, php/njs/index.

2019 Recipients

Term or Seminar Paper: Perry Arrasmith, Harvard University, “A Senator’s Resolve and the Destiny of Two Nations: A Reappraisal of New Jersey’s Theodore Frelinghuysen’s Role in the Cherokee Removal Debate of 1830”

Senior Thesis: Jordan B. Antebi, Princeton University, “Bridging the Divide: Citizen Participation Versus Urban Renewal, and the Struggle for Community in Trenton, New Jersey”

Submission Criteria

  • Papers or theses may be about any subject in New Jersey’s history and may come from history and other departments, and from institutions in New Jersey and elsewhere.
  • Nominated works should be truly outstanding in all respects (see evaluation criteria, below).
  • Senior theses are eligible for the award and will be judged separately in their own category.
  • Papers or theses must be nominated by the professors for whose courses students wrote them or who mentored the thesis or served as one of its readers. Students may not nominate their own papers or theses.
  • Papers or theses must have been written by undergraduate students attending colleges (including community colleges) or universities during calendar 2018, 2019, or 2020.
  • Papers by graduate students are not eligible unless a student submitted an undergraduate paper about New Jersey history during 2017, 2018, or 2019. NOTE: The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance sponsors an annual award for graduate student writing about New Jersey history. Contact Paul Israel at, or visit for criteria.
  • Email nominating letters and papers by June 1, 2020, to, or surface-mail nominating letters and four (4) copies of each paper by the same date to Richard Waldron, 150 Flock Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619; 609.468.3824.

NOTE: Read the papers of previous PAS Award recipients at the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance’s website,

Evaluation Criteria

A paper or thesis submitted for the Stellhorn Award will be evaluated on the basis of its narrative strength, the thoroughness of its author’s research (mastery of sources and the standard forms of historical citation), and analysis of the paper’s subject, including its historical context. A nominated paper should, therefore, tell a good story, explain its subject’s significance and how the subject changed over time, and utilize a broad array of relevant primary and secondary sources. Evaluators are historians the sponsors have chosen for the breadth and depth of their knowledge of New Jersey and American history.


The Stellhorn Award’s sponsors are the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance; the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Department of State; Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries; and the New Jersey Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.