The Hugh F. Rankin Prize is awarded each year to the graduate student in history who submits the best unpublished article-length essay in Louisiana history or a related topic.
This prize honors Dr. Hugh F. Rankin (1913-1989), longtime LHA member and mentor to many current LHA members. Rankin, a WWII veteran, was a member of the History Department of Tulane University from 1957 until 1983. He was especially noted for his work with graduate students and for his service to the Southern Historical Association.
- The Hugh F. Rankin Prize is awarded each year to the graduate student in history who submits the best unpublished article-length essay in Louisiana history or a related topic.
- Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate program at either the M.A. or Ph.D. level, and the essay must be based on original research. The award will be a cash prize, to be presented at the banquet of the LHA’s annual meeting. (Need not be present to win) The editor of Louisiana History will agree to publish the winning essay in Louisiana History. If the Committee or the editor does not judge the essay to be worthy of publication, no prize will be awarded in that year.
- The deadline for submission will be February 15 preceding the annual March meeting.
- The eligibility for each March award will be the preceding calendar year. The essay must have been completed during the period of eligibility.
- Part-time graduate students are eligible.
- The President of the LHA will appoint a committee, which will be chaired by the Vice-President. Two other members will be selected by the President of the LHA.
- The editor of Louisiana History is an ex officio member of the committee.
Submissions should be sent no later than February 15, 2021, to Dr. Michael S. Martin, Managing Editor, Louisiana Historical Association: email@example.com