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W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Prize

The W. Curtis Worthington Research Paper Competition is named for Dr. W. Curtis Worthington Jr., director of the Waring Historical Library, and is in its seventh year. The Award was established to encourage students to contribute to the scholarship about the history of medicine and to reward those whose work is truly exemplary. Winners receive $1500 and their papers are eligible for publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

If you are interested in supporting the award, please contact Susan Hoffius to discuss gift-giving opportunities. For more information about the award, including details about eligibility, please visit the Waring website at http://waring.library.musc.edu.

Papers entered in the competition should represent original research in the history of the health sciences. They may cover any historical period and any cultural tradition. Paper topics may include -- but are by no means limited to -- public health policy and the social context of disease and health; the construction of the medical profession and medical institutions; gender and medical theory or practice; learned medical practitioners as social, political, and economic agents; notions of the human body as the subject of health, disease, and therapeutic intervention; medicine and natural philosophy/science; medicine and the humanities; and the development of health science disciplines such as nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, and allied health fields. One first prize of $1,500 will be awarded each year to the winner in each category: undergraduate and graduate. The winning papers will be published in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, subject to the review and requirements of its editor. Entries must be received by MAY 31st in each contest year.

This competition is open to any degree-seeking individual attending an accredited college or university. Additionally, interns and residents in accredited programs are eligible in the graduate category. Entries may not have been published previously, nor be submitted more than once. A person may submit only one entry each year. The same person may not win first prize during two consecutive years. The WLS Awards Committee reserves the right to not give any or all awards in a particular year.

Entries must be not fewer than 2,500 words nor more than 4,000 words (not including notes and bibliography). Photographs or illustrations should be included whenever possible or appropriate. Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document or as an unformatted ASCII-preferred document. Send completed application form as an attachment with your submission; do not include any personal identification information in the text of your submission. Entries must be received by MAY 31st in each contest year.

Winners agree to grant the Waring Historical Library and Waring Library Society both initial and subsequent publication rights in any manner or form without further compensation. Except as provided above, copyright ownership otherwise remains with the author.

 

Dr. Patricia L. Blanton History of Dentistry Essay Contest

The Waring Library Society and the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina invite entries for the Dr. Patricia L. Blanton History of Dentistry Essay Contest.

Papers entered in the Contest should represent original research in the history of dentistry. They may cover any historical period and any cultural tradition.

One prize of $1,000 plus a one-year membership in the Waring Library Society will be awarded each year. The Awards Committee reserves the right to not give any or all awards in a particular year.

Entries may not have been published previously, nor be submitted more than once. A person may submit only one entry each year. The same person may not win first prize during two consecutive years. This competition is open to any degree-seeking individual attending MUSC's College of Dental Medicine. Entries must be not fewer than 2,500 words nor more than 5,000 words (not including notes and bibliography). Photographs or illustrations should be included whenever possible or appropriate. Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document or as an unformatted ASCII-preferred document. Send completed application form as an attachment with your submission; do not include any personal identification information in the text of your submission. Entries must be received by March 31st in each contest year.

For more information about this competition, please contact the Waring Historical Library at 843-792-2288 or waringhl@musc.edu.

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