National History Day 2016 SealIMPORTANT UPDATE: To remain consistent with state and national NHD rules, the Northeast Georgia NHD contest will allow groups to have up to five members for the February 13, 2016 regional event.

Students from 32 participating counties in grades 6-12 are eligible to compete in the Northeast Georgia National History Day contest at the University of Georgia on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Winners will advance to the state-level competition in Macon, and may then be selected to advance to the national competition in College Park, MD.

Northeast Georgia NHD participants will also be eligible for the following cash awards, generously sponsored by the T.R.R. Cobb House, a historic home and museum in Athens, GA:

T.R.R. Cobb House

  • $75 to the top overall Junior Division (grade 6-8) project
  • $100 to the top overall Senior Division (grade 9-12) project
  • $75 to a Junior Division project focusing on southern history
  • $100 to a Senior Division project focusing on southern history

National History Day actively engages students in middle and high school in  the historical process. Over the course of the school year, students select a topic related to this year's theme (Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History). They engage in a program of research, in both primary and secondary sources, designed to investigate their topic and answer specific research questions. Their results are then presented in one of the following categories: Exhibit, Paper, Website, Documentary, or Performance.

All entries regardless of category include a written component, known as the "process paper" which discusses the reasoning behind the project, the research process, and the significance of the topic to the theme. Students must also prepare and submit an annotated bibliography. Paper and Website submissions will be pre-screened, and only a select number of competitors in these categories will be invited to compete at the Northeast Georgia contest.

Contest Registration
Registration will open November 1, 2015. Please review the Northeast Georgia NHD Registration Guide for specific instructions about registering for the 2015 Northeast Georgia NHD contest.

The registration deadline is January 13, 2016. This is also the deadline for receipt of all registration payments, Website URLs, and Paper entries. Websites must be constructed using the NHD website editor and may not be edited after January 13, 2016. Papers must be emailed to by January 13, 2016 and must be typed in Microsoft Word in standard 12-point font and double-spaced.

Registration is $10.00 per student (not per team). Please make check payable to "University of Georgia" and write your student's name in the memo line. Mail payments to:

Northeast Georgia National History Day
Office of Academic Special Programs
1197 S. Lumpkin St., Suite 198
Athens, GA 30602

Resources for Teachers and Students

  1. The National History Day Rule Book provides important (and crucial!) information about selecting a topic, conducting your research, and readying your project for competition. All NHD participants should carefully review the rule book.
  2. Students and teachers who are interested in participating in the Northeast Georgia National History Day contest should explore the resources available on the National History Day website.
  3. The National History Day Mentoring Program provides an excellent online resource for students and teachers to learn about finding and using primary sources, developing captivating research topics, incorporating NHD projects into the classroom to meet Common Core standards, and much more.
  4. The National Archives website has a number of resources supporting National History Day.

Application Deadline:
Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Paper entries must be emailed by this date. Website entries must be completed by this date.

Course Date:

Saturday, February 13, 2016


Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States


$10 per student – must be received by Wednesday, January 13, 2016National History Day

Who Should Attend: 

Northeast Georgia students in grades 6-12 may apply. Junior Division, grades 6-8, and Senior Division, grades 9-12, are judged separately. Teams may enter in any category except Paper.