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Submissions for the 2022 W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Essay Contest Due May 31, 2022

by Tabitha Samuel on 2022-03-18T09:39:00-04:00 | Comments


Photograph of Dr. W. Curtis Worthington, Jr.

Dr. W. Curtis Worthington, Jr.

The Waring Historical Library is continuing to accept submissions for the 2022 W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Essay Contest. Named for former Waring Historical Library director, Dr. W. Curtis Worthington Jr., the essay contest was established to encourage students to contribute to scholarship about the history of health sciences and to reward those whose work is exemplary. The 2022 contest submission deadline is Monday, May 31, 2022.

The Waring Library Society will grant one award for an undergraduate essay ($1,000) and one award for a graduate essay ($2,000). There are different length requirements for each category, as described below. The essay must be sent to the Waring Historical Library by May 31, 2022.

The winner will be asked to submit a summary of the paper for a blog post and the essay will be published in a collection of essays commemorating the university’s bicentennial celebration in 2024.

The submission guidelines are as follows:

  • The research should focus on the United States-Atlantic World History of Health Sciences in the modern era—from the late 1600s to the present. There is a preference for topics that focus on or include events related to Charleston, S.C., but it is not necessary.
  • Entries cannot have been published previously, nor submitted more than once.
  • Only one entry per person per year.
  • The entry must be the original work and ideas of the author.
  • Entries must be 4,000-6,000 word for the undergraduate award, and 6,000-8,000 words for the graduate award (excluding notes and bibliography). Pages must be double spaced, type-written, including footnotes or endnotes, with one-inch margins.

Author Eligibility:

The author must be a degree-seeking candidate, resident, or intern, at an accredited, higher-education institution in the country.


  • Manuscripts must be submitted as a PDF by email to
  • Manuscripts must be submitted by the end of the business day, May 31, 2022. Notification of the award will occur by the end of the business day August 1, 2022.


Contact the Waring for more information.

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