Essay Contest

The Adams Center’s annual essay contest encourages and supports innovative scholarship on Cold War topics. Each year, the center awards prizes to the authors of the best-unpublished papers on military or national security affairs during the Cold War era. The Adams Center Director is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 contest.

  • First Prize: $2,000.00 - “Putting Mars in a Jar: The Military Origin of Astrobiology” Jordan Bimm, York University, Canada
  • Second Prize: $1,000.00 - “The Loss of USS Thresher and the Transformation of the Cold War U.S. Navy Submarine Force”  Joel Ira Holwitt, U.S. Navy
  • Third Prize: $500.00 - “Battleground Berlin: The Second Berlin Crisis” Andrew Robert Ertl, Columbia University
  • Honorable Mention - “Diverting the Arms Race into the Permitted Channels: The Nixon Administration, the MIRV-Mistake, and the SALT Negotiations”  Stephan Kieninger, Berlin Center for Cold War Studies

Information on the next round of the essay contest will be available in July 2017.

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