Ben H. Procter Southwestern Social Science Research Award

Entries must be received by February 25, 2017


Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society encourages student research and scholarly presentations by awarding the Ben H. Procter Southwestern Social Science Research Paper Award prizes each year to the best paper presented by Phi Alpha Theta student members at the Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting.  Competition is not limited to the Phi Alpha Theta sections, but the student must be a Phi Alpha Theta member.

One award of $500 will be given for a paper written on any historical topic.  The paper will be evaluated on the basis of its clear thesis, good analysis, smooth error-free writing, good use of a wide range of sources, and effective use of scholarly notes and bibliography.  Length of the paper should be appropriate to the 20-25 minutes time allotted for presentation in the program sessions, e.g., 10-13 double-spaced pages plus notes.

Phi Alpha Theta student members at all levels of preparation who are presenting history papers in any sessions at the Southwestern Social Science Association sessions, April 12 – 15, 2017, in Austin, Texas,  are encouraged to enter the competition for the Procter Phi Alpha Theta awards.

To enter the 2017 competition, send three (3) copies of your paper to Professor Mark D. Barringer at the address below.  Entries must be received by February 25, 2017.

If the award winner attends the conference, he/she is expected to attend the business meeting of the Southwestern Historical Association where national leaders of Phi Alpha Theta will recognize the students and present awards checks.

On the cover sheet of your paper, include the following information:

Title of Paper

School Name

Author Name

Current Address including phone number and e-mail

School at which student was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta and Induction Year

(Students not yet inducted must attach letter from chapter sponsor indicating when student will be inducted into Phi Alpha Theta.)
Send papers to:

Dr. Mark D. Barringer
Department of History
Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 13013, SFA Station
Nacogdoches TX 75962