Rowberg Essay Prize

The Rowberg Prize recognizes excellence in historical writing by St. Olaf history majors.  The history department invites junior and sophomore history majors to submit papers for this year’s prize.

The Leland R. Rowberg Memorial Fund was established as a gift to the College by
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Rowberg in memory of their son, who died in France during
World War II.  Rowberg, a member of the Class of ’44, was drafted into service in
1943, and was with General Patton’s Third Army as it pressed eastward in the
liberation of France following the Normandy invasion.  He was killed in action in
the vicinity of Metz on 9 October 1944.  The Rowbergs’ strong interest in history
guided their choice to establish a memorial fund to support excellence in historical
writing.  Mr. Rowberg was an early member of the Norwegian-American Historical
Society, president of the Rice County Historical Society and, after his retirement, a
founder and officer of the Loudoun County Historical Society in Virginia.

Students will compete for a first prize award of $350 and a second prize of $250.
Papers on any historical topic, meeting the criteria outlined below, will be eligible.
Submissions may be made only by juniors and sophomores who have
declared as history majors.  The award will be announced before the end of the
spring semester.  The department reserves the right to make no award.


Guidelines, Dates and Procedures for Submissions:

  1. The paper must be on a historical topic.  Although the paper need not have been written for a history class, it should focus on a significant historiographic issue and/or be based on primary sources.
  2. If the paper was written for a college class, the submitted version should be rewritten in light of the professor’s comments.
  3. Students may submit only one paper per year.
  4. The paper must be 15-18 pages of text (double-spaced, 1″ margins, 12-point font). Please note that this is MAXIMUM number of pages.
  5. Use Turabian or Chicago citation format.
  6. Please prepare the paper for blind review.  Put your name only on the title page.  Each page of the paper should include a header with the title (abbreviated) and page number.
  7. Submit a digital copy of the paper to Nancy Hollinger, the history department’s administrative assistant (Holland 513), no later than noon on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.