John D. Unruh, Jr., Award

Win cash for your exceptional research paper written for a humanities and/or social science regular class assignment!

>>> Two $200 awards will be granted 


  • The research paper should be from the areas of the humanities and the social sciences and reflect the highest qualities of undergraduate research and writing.

  • The paper should result from regular course work taken at Bluffton University in the humanities and/or social science disciplines. Papers completed as part of an honors project or independent study will not be accepted, because they are perceived as having an unfair advantage over a regular term paper.  However, any Senior Seminar papers are eligible.

  • Submission Procedure:
    • Electronic copy submitted to Martina Cucchiara, history and religion department chair. Prior to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Submissions should indicate the course or program for which the paper was written. If you have any questions, please see Martina Cucchiara.
  • An evaluation committee will evaluate each submission in terms of originality, research and clarity of expression. 

  • Any currently enrolled student at Bluffton University is eligible.

  • The winner will be recognized during the Academic Awards Forum on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. 

This annual competition is offered in honor of  John D. Unruh, Jr., professor of history at Bluffton College, 1962-64, 1967-76. The John D. Unruh, Jr., Memorial Fund was organized to promote undergraduate research and scholarship. 

Contact Martina Cucchiara, 419-358-3686 or for further details.