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Parker-Dooley Awards for Undergraduate Research in Southern Studies

The Southern Historical Collection invites UNC Chapel Hill faculty members and instructors to nominate exceptional undergraduate research papers or projects for a Parker-Dooley Award for Undergraduate Research in Southern Studies. Student authors will have made substantial use of the resources held in the Southern Historical Collection in the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library.

The paper, poster, video, or other significant product of research, created and submitted during the Summer 2011, Fall 2011, or Spring 2012 sessions, will be judged on the overall excellence of both conceptualization and presentation, the quality of the writing, and the effective use of primary sources held in the Southern Historical Collection.

One award of $500 will be made for the paper or project judged to be the best submission, and two smaller awards of $250 will also be made for honorable mentions. The award selection committee reserves the right to sub-divide awards for equally outstanding submissions or to make fewer awards than are available if an inadequate number of excellent papers or projects are submitted.


To nominate a student paper or project, the course instructor should submit a nomination letter and a copy of the student's work as attachments by email to Laura Clark Brown at Alternatively, the faculty member may send a hard copy of the student's work and the nomination letter through campus mail to the Southern Historical Collection, Attn: Laura Clark Brown at CB #3926

The nomination letter should include the student's name, major, and class year; the course number and name; a brief explanation of the assignment that the student's work fulfilled; and a summary of the work's merits.

Instructors may nominate more than one student from a course.

This year's nominations are due on 31 May 2012.