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Student Research Awards

Awards to New York Students in Grades 4-12
for Outstanding History Research Projects

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New York State Archives Partnership Trust

Deadline Date:

07/01/20 Postmarked


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Awards to New York students in grades 4-12 for outstanding history research projects. Awards are intended to acknowledge projects that demonstrate analysis of the topic and that are presented in the student’s own words. Possible formats include, but are not limited to, papers, documentaries, exhibits, PowerPoint presentations, websites, and performances. Students are encouraged to work closely with their teachers, school library media specialists, public librarians, and local historians while working on their projects. An annotated bibliography is required for all entries.

The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records held in historical records repositories in New York State. The program also serves to increase cooperation between schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education. Projects are not required to focus on New York State history; however, it can be more convenient and engaging to conduct research using historical records that are found locally in libraries, historical societies, local governments, businesses, community organizations, and with individuals and families. Often, the most successful research projects examine an event from a local point of view.

To qualify for an award, all entries must:

  • Show a heavy reliance on information from historical records
  • Provide an annotated bibliography
  • Provide a URL in the annotated bibliography for each online historical record found on the Internet
  • Provide a signed entry form

Two categories of research papers are eligible for an award:

  1. Traditional research paper, based on a subject of choice;
  2. A research paper that reconstructs the past by analyzing and interpreting the issues and events mentioned in a historical story, ballad, folksong, folktale, diary, letter, poem, or an oral history interview. (For example: a student uses an 1863 letter written by Colonel Barber in Virginia to his wife in upstate New York as part of a study to reconstruct the colonel’s life, in order to show the impact of the Civil War on the life of a New York soldier and his family.) Students must use historical records to analyze and interpret the issues and events mentioned in the folksong, diary, letter, poem, etc. they are using.

For additional competition rules, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 183859

Number of Grants:

A total of three (3) awards will be given; one each for students in the following divisions: Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each award consists of a framed certificate and a cash prize.

Term of Contract:

Entries submitted for competition must be researched and developed during the July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All entries must be nominated by teachers, library media specialists, or administrators in the school attended by the student or groups of students. Adult community members such as municipal historians and public librarians may also nominate students. Both individual students and groups of students (including the entire class) may be nominated. All projects must be completely student-created. Entries from home-schooled students are welcome.

All students in grades 4-12 residing in the state of New York may participate in the Student Research Award program.

Oral history interviews are not eligible for this awards program. However, such interviews may be used as a historical item as part of a research paper that reconstructs the past.

Projects that do not show evidence of the use of historical records; or do not include an annotated bibliography or signed entry form will be disqualified.

Pre-Application Information:

Entries must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2020.

Award winners will be notified by mid-September.

Results of the competition will be formally announced during Archives Month in October 2020.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Entries should be mailed to:
Student Research Awards
New York State Archives Partnership Trust
9C49 Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230

Direct questions to:
Jessica Maul
(518) 474-0245

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