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. Papers should be in the range of 12-18 pages of text (double-spaced, 1″ margins, 12-point font).
  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 abbreviated title and a page number, but without the author’s name.
  7. Submit a digital copy of the paper to Nancy Hollinger, the history department’s administrative assistant (Holland Hall 327), no later than noon on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.