2004-01-09 / Community

Awards Offered For School Research Project

To encourage students to use historical records, the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department, is sponsoring the 14th annual Student Research Awards. The contest is open to all New York students in grades 4-12 who use historical records in their research projects.

Three awards are presented each year: grades 4-5, grades 6-8, and
grades 9-12. The awards consist of a framed certificate, a check for $100 from an endowment established by Regent Emerita Laura Chodos and her husband Robert Chodos, an invitation to have lunch with the Regents in Albany, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the State Archives.

Eligible projects are traditional research papers; exhibits; audiovisual productions; performances; works of fiction or drama; research for a historical marker, property or district; and computer-based entries, such as websites or Powerpoint presentations.

Julie Daniels, coordinator of the awards program, explained that in
order for an entry to be competitive, a substantial portion of the research should be based on historical records from archives, museums, historical societies, libraries, local governments, or other organizations.  She offered some examples of historical records: original letters, diaries, and photographs; meeting minutes; police and court records; ledgers, census records; and wills.

Although the deadline for entry is June 1, Ms. Daniels explained that
the most successful projects usually take students months to develop.
For information about this year’s program, click on "Education" at
www.archives.nysed.gov, to call (518) 474-6926 or to email the state at archedu@mail.nysed.gov.

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