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Professors - nominate a student for the Undergraduate History Research Award on Modern Japan

Posted: Nov 20, 2014

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Marlene J. Mayo Undergraduate Research Award on Modern Japan


The Marlene J. Mayo Undergraduate History Research Award on Modern Japan will be awarded in the fall and spring semesters to the best research paper utilizing Japan-related primary resources in the University of Maryland Libraries. The winner will receive a letter of recognition from the Department of History and a prize of $500.


The competition is open to undergraduate history majors in 300 and 400 level courses


The Gordon W. Prange Collection on Allied Occupied Japan contains extensive holdings in English and Japanese, including diplomatic dispatches, military records, private correspondence, interviews and oral histories, memoirs and autobiographies, newspapers and magazines, maps, films, and visual images. The materials illustrate not only 20th century Japan and World War II in the Pacific and East Asia but also US-Japan relations and Japan in the World.


Paper topics can include Pearl Harbor, total war, atomic and fire bombings, war crimes trials, political and legal reforms, party politics, rearmament, women’s suffrage and activism, labor unions, martial arts, popular culture, the performing arts, aesthetics, economic reconstruction, technology transfer, religion, population issues, and media controls. 


Approximate length: 20-25 pages, double-spaced.  Nominations for best papers should be submitted to the History Undergraduate Committee by course professors during the grading period of the fall and spring semesters.  For information about the University of Maryland’s Japan-related resources, visit: and