Undergraduate Essay Prize
The SSHM Undergraduate Prize Competition awarded prizes for the best unpublished original research essays in the social history of medicine, from two groups of undergraduate students: humanities and social science students; and medical, healthcare and allied science students. Previous winners have written blogs based on their essays, which can be found HERE.
This prize is not currently running, but undergraduates can enter the Roy Porter Student Essay Prize competition.
Roy Porter Student Essay Prize
Congratulations to Spencer Weinreich (University of Oxford), for his winning essay for the Roy Porter Prize 2016: ‘How (not) to survive a plague: The theology of fleeing disease in sixteenth-century England’. The judges felt that this was ‘an extremely polished, well-argued and well-written piece of work’, which ‘addressed an established body of historiography but developed it in new and interesting ways’, was ‘a pleasure to read’ and ‘an original offering in the well-trodden field of plague scholarship’.
Thanks to the other entrants also for the high standard of essays received. Due to the quality of their submissions, two other essays were also ‘highly commended’:
- Elizabeth Schlappa (University of Durham): ‘A less than solitary vice: the social dimensions of the anti-onanism movement in the eighteenth century’.
- Yewande Okuleye (University of Leicester): ‘(Re) Framing Marijuana as an Entheogen: Oral History and Rastafari Subjectivities’
We hope to see the entrants’ essays published in SHM in due course.
The Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) now invites submissions to its 2017 Roy Porter Student Essay Prize Competition. This prize will be awarded to the best original, unpublished essay in the social history of medicine submitted to the competition as judged by the SSHM’s assessment panel. It is named in honour of the late Professor Roy Porter, a great teacher and a generous scholar.
The competition is open to undergraduate and post-graduate students in full or part-time education. The winner will be awarded £500.00, and his or her entry may also be published in the journal, Social History of Medicine. Please click here for a list of the published articles that were past competition winners.
You can read Social History of Medicine articles by past winners of the Roy Porter essay prize FREE online: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/sochis/porter_prize.html.
Please see here for contest regulations and submission form.
The deadline for entries is 1 February 2018.
Any questions about the competition should be directed to our Prizes & Bursaries Officer:
Dr Anna Greenwood
Department of History
University of Nottingham