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The Society of Automotive Historians Richard Scharchburg Student Paper Award, 2014
In order to encourage research and writing effort among university
students in the area of automotive history, the Society confers its annual
award for the best student paper in the auto history field. The award is
named for Richard Scharchburg, the late Professor of History at Kettering
University, eminent automotive historian, and past vice president of the
Society of Automotive Historians. Persons submitting papers must be
enrolled at educational institutions (upper-class undergraduate or
graduate level) at the time of submission. This competition is
international in scope, but papers must be in the English language.
Papers already published or scheduled for publication will not be
Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words, and should be double-spaced.
An abstract is requested. Judging criteria include clear statement of
purpose and testable hypothesis, accuracy and thoroughness of research,
originality of the research, documentation, quality and extent of
bibliographic resources, and writing style. Diagrams, graphs, or
photographs may be included. Submissions are to be electronic, in Word
1997-2003 format or pdf files only, to the e-mail address below.
Possible subjects include but are not limited to historical aspects of
automobile companies and their leaders, regulation of the auto industry,
financial and economic aspects of the industry, the social effects of the
automobile, highway development, environmental matters, and automotive
marketing, design, engineering and safety.
A cover letter should be included stating the student’s address, school,
program, advisor, and stage in studies. The student should indicate how
the paper submitted will relate to his or her professional future.
Submissions must e-mail dated by June 10, 2014. All papers submitted will
Recent Previous Award Winners:
2013 -- John Emerson Mohr, Auburn University
2012—Samuel Kling, Northwestern University
2011 – Andrew Mabon, James Madison University
2010 – No award
2009 – Peter Cajka, Marquette University
Upon recommendation of the judges, the winning paper will considered for
publication in the Society’s Automotive History Review. The award
consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $500.00.
Submissions should be sent to:
John Heitmann, Ph.D
Chair, Student Awards Committee
President, Society of Automotive Historians (SAH)
Professor of History
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469