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Research Papers

Paper Competition Process

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 as follows:

  • 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 2016 Dates for Paper Students:

  • Tues., March 1: All papers due at the Minnesota History Day office. $15 State entry fee per student.
  • Thurs., March 3: List of all received papers posted online. 
  • Fri., March 25: Paper finalists notified. If you are not chosen as a finalist, you will not be notified.
  • Tues., April 12: Finalist papers due at the Minnesota History Day office. Students are encouraged to make changes based on feedback.
  • Sun., May 1: Finalists interviewed at the State History Day competition.


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