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Martha Trescott Prize

The Martha Trescott Prize was announced in the beginning of 2020 by the Society for the History of Technology. The award consists of a $500 check and a certificate. The winner will be honored during the Society’s Awards Ceremony.

Martha Trescott was one of the pioneering spirits behind Women in Technological History (WITH). She wished to honor Frances McConnell Moore, Carroll Pursell, and Edwin T. Layton, Jr., with this prize.

The Martha Trescott Prize will be given annually for the best published essay in one of two areas. In even-numbered years, the prize will be awarded to an outstanding published historical essay in the area of women in technology. In odd-numbered years, the prize will be awarded to an outstanding published essay in the area of social responsibility of engineers in history.

Essays published in any of the four years preceding the award will be eligible; that is, for the 2022 prize, eligible essays will have to been published in 2018, 2019, 2020 or 2021. “Published essay” is understood to be a scholarly article, chapter in a published book, or other ‘long-form’ essay contribution. An essay can be nominated for the prize by a colleague or by the author.

To nominate an essay for the prize, please submit the nomination materials to the established prize portal on the SHOT website. A valid nomination will consist of a complete citation to the published essay, a scanned or downloaded PDF copy of the essay, and a brief 100-200 word description of its worthiness for that year’s prize.

The 2022 Martha Trescott Prize will be awarded to an essay in the area of social responsibility of engineers in history. You can nominate an essay via our online submission form. The deadline for nominations for 2022 will be published in the call a.s.a.p. It is not yet possible to submit nominations for the 2022 Martha Trescott Prize.

The next call for nominations will be posted here mid-February 2022.

For more information contact the SHOT secretariat at [email protected]

2021 Martha Trescott Prize Committee:

Janet Abbate, Chair (2020-2022)
Ruth Schwartz Cowan (2020-2021)
Julie Cohn (2021-23)

Recipients Martha Trescott Prize

2021
Amy Sue Bix, “Mastering the Hard Stuff: The History of College Concrete-Canoe Races and the Growth of Engineering Competition Culture.” Engineering Studies, July 2019, v. 11 (2): 109-134.
2020
Laura Ettinger, Nicole Conroy & William Barr II, “What Late-Career and Retired Women Engineers Tell Us: Gender Challenges in Historical Context,” Engineering Studies, 11,3 (2019) 217–242; https://doi.org/10.1080/19378629.2019.1663201.