History of Physics Essay Contest

Deadline: September 1, 2017

There is still time available to submit applications of the Forum's 2017 History of Physics Essay Contest.

The contest is designed to promote interest in the history of physics among those not, or not yet, professionally engaged in the subject. Entries can address the work of individual physicists, teams of physicists, physics discoveries, or other appropriate topics. Entries should be 1,500 - 2,000 words, and, while scholarly, should be accessible to a general scientific audience. The contest is intended for undergraduate and graduate students, but open to anyone without a Ph.D. in either physics or history. Entries with multiple authors will not be accepted. Entries will be judged on originality, clarity, and potential to contribute to the field. Previously published work, or excerpts thereof, will not be considered.

The winning essay will be published as a Back Page in APS News, and the author will receive a cash award of $1,000 plus support for travel to an APS annual meeting to deliver a talk based on the essay. The judges may also designate one or more runners-up, with a cash award of $500 each.

Entries will be judged by members of the FHP Executive Committee and are due by September 1, 2017. They should be submitted to fhp@aps.org, with "Essay Contest" in the subject line. Entrants should supply their names, institutional affiliations (if any), mail and email addresses, and phone numbers. Winners will be announced by December 1, 2017.