William T. Stearn Student Essay Prize 2009

The Society for the History of Natural History invites submissions to

the William T. Stearn Student Essay Prize Competition. The prize will

be awarded to the best original, unpublished, essay in the field of

history of natural history. It is named in honour of the late William

T. Stearn, a scholar whose work contributed much to the field and to the


The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students in

full or part-time education. Entries will be considered by a panel of

three judges appointed by the Council of the Society. The winner will

receive £300 and be offered membership of the Society for one year. The

winning essay will normally be published in the Society’s journal

Archives of natural history.

The deadline for entries is 30 June 2009. The Prize Rules and Entry

Form are available for download as Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files at

http://www.shnh.org/ABT_awards_WSP.htm . No essay will be considered

without an accompanying entry form and proof of student status.

The 2008 Stearn Prize Essay, “All too human: responses to same-sex

copulation in the common cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha (L.),

1834-1900″ by Ross Brooks, appeared in Archives of natural history,

volume 36, part 1.