Young Historians Conference

Young Historians Conference 2021

The Young Historians 2021 Conference will be held virtually via Zoom on May 19th, 2021 from 1:00pm - 4:15pm.

Papers and abstracts are due by noon on April 15, 2021.

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  • Your Name
  • Your School
  • Title of Paper

The Young Historians Conference brings together PSU’s History Department and area high schools that participate in PSU’s concurrent enrollment history classes, including courses in American History, Western Civilization, and World History.  Every year, a major assignment in these classes is a history research paper. Concurrent enrollment instructors select the best of these for the student authors to submit to the History Department for presentation consideration. A lead faculty member in the Department works with a Jury of History graduate students to assess the submissions and choose up to 30 papers for presentation.

The conference is organized into concurrent sessions of an hour and 15 minutes each, by themes determined by the Jury and lead faculty member. Each session has at least three presenters who have approximately 10 minutes to present their paper. The audience is made up of their classmates and a faculty member from the History Department moderates. At the end of the presentations, the Faculty Moderator leads a discussion.

Awards are given for the best papers and an honorary mention. Students are encouraged to submit their work to PDXScholar, PSU’s online repository of scholarly works. To view information about PDXScholar's Challenge readership information and number of downloads, click here.