Website Competition Process
The popularity of the website category has grown steadily since its introduction several years ago. As the category had fewer entries when it was established, it made sense to judge the projects through the same off-site judging process in use for the paper category. As the websites have become more popular, we heard from teachers that they wanted their website entries to have the same valuable competition experience as students in other categories.
In summary, the inclusion of websites in regional judging may limit the overall number of websites that are submitted into the competition by each school, but will increase the number of websites that move on to State. The key to this change is personalizing the website judging process and increasing the engagement of students with History Day judges.
- Read the complete category details as well as the frequently asked questions.
- Updates to NHD Website Editor for 2014
Paper Competition Process
March 4, 2014: All research papers are due at the Minnesota History Day office. This is not a postmark deadline!
Papers do not compete alongside exhibits, documentaries, websites and performances at the regional event due to the length of time needed to view and judge a paper. The judging process works like this:
- Papers are mailed to the state History Day office in early March for a first level of judging.
- History Day staff sort the papers into judging teams, and mail out the projects to teams of judges.
- Paper judges have about two weeks to review and judge the projects, and then they send their results back to the State History Day office, along with completed judge forms.
- History Day staff notify paper finalists.
- Finalists are allowed to make changes before submitting a final project back to the History Day office about three weeks before the state competition.
- The final projects are mailed to new teams of judges.
- Paper finalists are interviewed at the State competition.
Each school may enter as many papers as they would like into the first level of judging. Each school must still complete the participation survey in January for paper projects.
Important 2014 dates for paper students:
Tues., March 4: All papers due at the Minnesota History Day office. ($12 State entry fee per student)
Fri., March 28: Paper finalists notified. If you are not chosen as a finalist, you will not be notified. Check the History Day website to confirm your status.
Tues., April 15: Finalist papers due at the Minnesota History Day office. Students are encouraged to make changes based on feedback.
Sat., May 3: Finalists interviewed at the State History Day competition.
Having Website Issues?
If you are having difficulties with your website, or are unsure if you've created it in the correct format, please visit the National History Day Website Editor Issues page for help.