Student Essay Contests in the History of Chiropractic

Chiropractic students throughout the world are invited to enter the Rehm Medal Essay Contest. The medal honors William S. Rehm, D.C. (1920-2002), the father of the Association for the History of Chiropractic. The award is given for an outstanding unpublished essay by a single author on any topic in the history of chiropractic. The essay (maximum 10,000 words, including endnotes) must be the result of original research or show an unusual appreciation and understanding of problems in the history of chiropractic. In particular, the committee will judge essays on the quality of writing, appropriate use of sources, and ability to address themes of historical significance. Students must be enrolled in an accredited chiropractic program at the time of submission.

The winner will be invited to attend the annual meeting of the Association for the History of Chiropractic during the year the medal is conferred, which this year will take place in Greeley, Colorado on June 22, 2013. Registration, airfare (as set by the board but not to exceed $500), two nights in the hotel, and a year of membership in the AHC will be provided for the winner. A cash prize is also awarded.

Submissions must be made by February 15, 2013. Papers must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines of the journal, Chiropractic History. Submissions and other inquiries should be directed to the Executive Director at

A second essay competition, the Gibbons-Wardwell Medal Essay Contest, is open to graduate and undergraduate students in any field of study who are not D.C. students. The guidelines for this contest are similiar to the Rehm Medal Essay Contest, and may be found on the ACH web site.

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