National History Day Announces Three New Special Prizes for the 2016 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Equality in History Prize, sponsored by Celie and Tabitha Niehaus, The Global Peace Prize, sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace, and The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Prize have recently been added to the list of twenty-six special prizes awarded annually to participants in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest. Each June, thousands of students from around the world travel to College Park, Maryland for the educational contest held on the campus of the University of Maryland. Middle and high school students present projects in five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, and website. Prizes are awarded for first, second, and third places. In addition to these prizes, exceptional entries can be nominated for special prizes, which are sponsored by organizations and individuals who wish to reward the study and appreciation of specific areas in history.

The Equality in History Prize is sponsored by Celie and Tabitha Niehaus and is awarded to one middle school and one high school level project that illuminates the history of human equality with special respect to the role that individuals and/or organizations have played in the efforts for isolated groups (e.g. LGBT, women, and girls) to have the same status in certain respects, often including civil, voting, and property rights, freedom of speech, marriage and gender equality, and equal access to social goods and services.

The Global Peace Prize is sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace, the independent organization created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. This prize is awarded to one middle school and one high school level entry that demonstrates America’s commitment to peace, including the role that individuals, organizations and/or the United States Government have played in advancing the cause of global peace.

The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Prize is awarded to an outstanding high school level entry in any category that best utilizes the National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources that may be obtained via online NLM databases such as MEDLINE Plus, PubMed, PubMed Central, NLM's Digital Collections, Images from the History of Medicine or by visiting the library.

“Special prizes are an excellent way for organizations and individuals to reward exceptional projects that explore specific areas of history,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “We are excited to add these three prizes to the twenty-six prizes available for students to receive at the annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest.”

For more information and a full list of prizes and sponsors, visit

About National History Day (NHD):
NHD is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit

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