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Jarrell Prize 2017

With pleasure, we announce that Catherine Carstairs’ article, “The Environmental Critique of WaterFluoridation,” published in Volume 38, Number 1 (2015) of Scientia Canadensis has been awarded the Jarrell Prize for best article published between 2015 and 2017. The Jarrell Prize was created in honour of Dr. Richard Jarrell — a founding member of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association, and the journal’s first editor — who passed away in 2013. The Prize comes with an award of $500.

The nominating committee wrote this assessment:

This is a model of how to write an essay for Scientia. It focuses on a science issue in Canada, noting key details and peculiarities, but without forcing a reading qua a distinctively Canadian situation. The author’s footnotes are fulsome and generous, provoking and enabling follow-up scholarship from readers. The prose style incorporates an authorial voice that remains persuasive without ever cajoling. The author connects global issues and local narratives without straining. We especially liked how Carstairs linked a decidedly local story about STOP to a broad shift where both scientists and activists moved away from the individual body to the ambient environment as the locus of study. Finally, in addition to the narrative, the paper clarifies the issue of fluoridation as a historical question, where understanding what’s at stake requires following differential chronologies. This is a paper we would return to both to see how it’s crafted and to see whether the method could be fruitfully used to study other issues

Congratulations Dr. Carstairs!

2011 William T. Stearn Student Essay Prize Competition

The Society for the History of Natural History invites submissions to the 2011 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  The prize will be awarded to the best original, unpublished, essay in the field of history of natural history. The submission deadline is 30 June 2011.

The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students in full or part-time education.  Entry is not limited to members of SHNH. 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 submission deadline is 30 June 2011.

Entries, which must be prepared in conformity with the bibliographic conventions of Archives of Natural History, will be considered by a panel of three judges appointed by the Council of the Society. Entry is not limited to members of the SHNH.

The Prize’s rules and an entry form are available for download as Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files from the SHNH website:

Annals of Science best paper prize 2010

Submissions are being accepted for the Annals of Science best paper prize 2010. This prize is now awarded annually to the author of an original, unpublished essay in the history of science or technology, which is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The prize, which is supported by Taylor & Francis, is intended for those who are currently doctoral students, or have been awarded their doctorate within the past four years. Essays should be submitted to the Editor in a form acceptable for publication in Annals of Science (see the Journal’s webpage for a style guide,

The winning essay will be published in the Journal, and the author will be awarded US$500 and a free subscription to Annals of Science! Papers should be submitted by 30th September 2010, with the winner being notifed by 31st December 2010. The Editor’s decision is final.

For more information please go to:

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry: Research Funds and Fellowships

Research Funds and Fellowships

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry would like to invite applications for its new award scheme for 2010.  Two types of award are available: support for research into the history of chemistry or history of alchemy by New Scholars and support for Subject Development of either history of chemistry or history of alchemy.

The New Scholars Award is open to post-graduate students (both masters and doctoral students) and those who have obtained a PhD within five years of 1 January of the year in which the application is made. Awards of up to £500 will be made to cover research expenses, including travel, accommodation, subsistence, the reproduction of documents, and library fees.  Applications may also include the costs of reproducing images for publication.  The scheme will not fund the purchase of equipment or course fees.

In addition, post-graduate students only may apply for the costs of travel to conferences and accommodation, but only in order to give a paper.  The scheme will not pay conference registration fees.

Subject Development awards of up to £1000 will be made to support activities including, but not limited to, seminars, workshops, colloquia, lecture series, conference sessions, conferences, exhibitions and outreach activities that support either the history of chemistry or history of alchemy as academic subjects.

Only members of the Society, both those in the UK and those overseas, may apply.  Members must be in good standing at the time of making an application, and, if successful, throughout the period of an award. For more information, and an application form, please contact the Hon Secretary to the Society, Dr Georgette Taylor, at Membership Enquiries to the Hon Treasurer of the Society, John Perkins at

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2010

The Partington Prize 2011

The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry has established the Partington Prize in memory of Professor James Riddick Partington, the Society’s first Chairman. It is awarded every three years for an original and unpublished essay on any aspect of the history of alchemy or chemistry. The prize consists of five hundred pounds (£500).

The competition is open to anyone with a scholarly interest in the history of alchemy or chemistry who, by the closing date of 31 December 2010 has not reached 35 years of age, or if older has completed a doctoral thesis in the history of science within the previous three years. Scholars from any country may enter the competition, but entries must be submitted in English and must not have been previously submitted to another journal. The prize-winning essay will be published in the Society’s journal, Ambix. One hard copy of the entry, word processed on one side of the paper, should be submitted, along with a copy of the entry on disc. We prefer files to be in Microsoft Word XP, if possible. Essays must be fully documented using the conventions used in the current issue of Ambix. Essays must not exceed 10,000 words in length, including references and footnotes. All entries must be submitted with a word count.

All entries should be sent to John Perkins, Hon Treasurer, Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BP, with the words “Partington Prize” Written clearly on the envelope. Each entry should contain a separate title page giving the author’s name, institution, postal address, email address and date of birth (and if relevant the date of completion of their thesis). The author’s name and contact details must not appear on the pages of the essay as the identity of the author will not be made available to the judges. Essays (no more than one from each competitor) must be received no later than 31 December 2010.

The decision of the judges appointed by the Council will be final. The Society reserves the right to divide the prize between two or more entries of equal merit, or not to award a prize should no essay be deemed of suitable standard.

The name of the winner will be announced by 30 April 2011, and all essays will be returned to competitors soon after that date.

Essay Prize: Nicholas C. Mullins Award

Nicholas C. Mullins Award

Student Essay Competition

Deadline for Submission: May 15, 2010
The Nicholas C. Mullins Award is awarded each year by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) for an outstanding piece of scholarship by a graduate student in the field of Science and Technology Studies. The prize consists of a check for $US 1,000 and a plaque.

The competition is for graduate student papers in the field of science and technology studies, including unpublished papers, published articles, and dissertation chapters. Dissertation chapters should be adapted so as to make them “stand-alone.” The work may not be older than two years at the time of submission. A graduate student can only make one submission a year.

The intended readership for the papers is a general STS audience. All papers must be submitted in English. The paper should not exceed 10,000 words, including title, notes, and references. Papers longer than the limit will be disqualified.

The deadline for submission is May 15, 2010. Papers submitted after this date will not be considered for this year’s competition, and must be resubmitted the following year. Submissions must observe the following guidelines:

  • The paper must be submitted electronically, as an attachment to an email message, in MS Word or PDF format.
  • The subject line of the email message should read “4S Mullins submission”
  • The filename of the submission should consist of the first two significant words of the paper title (excluding articles such as “the” or “an”).
  • Authors must include the total word count immediately after the title on the first page of their submission.
  • To facilitate blind review, the author’s name, address, email address, and institutional affiliation should appear only in the covering e-mail.
  • Also in the covering email, authors must provide the name of their graduate program, the date they began study, and the date they expect to receive their degree.

Send the submission to the chair of the Nicholas C. Mullins jury, Professor Natasha Myers,

The winner will be privately notified immediately following the 2010 meeting in Tokyo. The award will be publicly announced at the 2011 Annual Meeting of 4S, and the winner is expected to attend this meeting.

For more information on the Society for Social Studies of Science and upcoming meetings, see

Further details on the Mullins Award and other 4S Prizes can be found here: