Phi Alpha Theta Paper Prize Awards

Entries must be received by July 1, 2016

Phi Alpha Theta awards six prizes annually for outstanding papers written by members of the honor society:

  • The George P. Hammond Prize of $500 for the best paper by a graduate student member of Phi Alpha Theta
  • The Lynn W. Turner Prize of $500 for the best paper by an undergraduate student member of Phi Alpha Theta
  • The Nels Andrew Cleven Founder’s Paper Prize Awards:   two undergraduate and two graduate awards of $400 each for superior papers submitted by student members of Phi Alpha Theta

The essays should combine original historical research on significant subjects, based on source material and manuscripts if possible, with good English composition and superior style.

PAPERS SHOULD NOT EXCEED 25 TYPEWRITTEN DOUBLE-SPACED PAGES IN LENGTH (excluding bibliography), and must be printed in single-sided format only. Entries received that do not comply with these guidelines will be disqualified. Papers submitted for consideration should be organized in a form similar to articles published in The Historian with footnotes, spelling, and punctuation conforming as nearly as possible to the rules of A Manual of Style (10th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1937 or later). A bibliography must be included with the submitted paper. Students should eliminate footers or headers bearing the student’s name from individual pages of the paper, but pages must be consecutively numbered.

The title page of the paper must include: the applicant’s name, mailing address, phone number and email address, as well as the college/university, GRADUATE OR UNDERGRADUATE STATUS, and year at which s/he joined Phi Alpha Theta. All papers should be clearly marked as entries for the 2016 Phi Alpha Theta Paper Prize Award.


If suitable for publication, the winners may be offered the opportunity of having their articles published in a future issue of The Historian.


  • Five (5) copies of each manuscript
  • A letter of recommendation from either the Faculty Advisor or History Department Chair indicating the applicant’s chapter affiliation and whether the individual is a graduate or an undergraduate student (Note: Those recommending papers should include their email address in their letter of recommendation).


Dr. Clayton Drees

Department of History

Virginia Wesleyan College

1584 Wesleyan Drive

Norfolk, VA 23502-5599


It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required documentation is received by the competition deadline. Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline or by individuals whose membership in Phi Alpha Theta cannot be verified will not be considered for the competition.