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August 31, 2015

Calling All Student Historians to Compete at Oswego War of 1812 Symposium

OSWEGO – “Student Night” returns to the Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium on April 1, 2016. The Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego hosts the sixth annual event which continues through Sunday, April 3.

“Last year, we had a compelling contest with graduate and undergraduate students competing for the top prize,” said Matthew MacVittie, student competition coordinator. “We would like to see even more participation this year and welcome students from the U.S. and Canada to present.”

Students can participate in the competition on their own or as part of their academic curriculum or internship program.

MacVittie added, “The paper submitted may serve double-duty as an assignment or extra credit piece for some students.”

All interested graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit a 3,000- to 4,000-word paper on a topic of their choice about the War of 1812. The document must adhere to the University of Chicago format and be submitted electronically to MacVittie at mattmac537@yahoo.com by Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

Papers will be judged on writing quality, scholarly source material and argument. From the submissions, applicants will be chosen to demonstrate their work with a 15-minute presentation at the symposium.

An international jury of historians will decide the winning applicant. Cash prizes along with certificates and gift bags will be awarded to student presenters immediately following the contest.

For more information about the competition, e-mail MacVittie at mattmac537@yahoo.com.

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