Welcome to the Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau) Regional Contest

Important Dates & Times

Congratulations to the 2019 History Day Regional Contest Winners! If you plan to go to Mizzou to comete in April, be sure to register for the state contest 

HD19 Contest Winners.pdf


Check us out on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/semohistoryday/


The theme for next year is "Breaking Barriers in History"

Mark your calendars for March 24, 2020 for HD20!


Introducing two new special awards!


Best Historic Preservation Entry

The best project addressing a topic related to our architectural, archaeological or cultural heritage will receive an award from the Historic Preservation Program.


Diversity Prize

The best project celebrating cultural diversity will receive an award from the Department of History & Anthropology Diversity Committee

Discussion with Judges: Students, please be prepared to answer judges’ questions about the content and development of your entry and to explain the design, research, and creation of your entry. Judges need to know that your entry is the result of your own work. However, you may not give a formal, prepared introduction, narration, or conclusion. Let the judges’ questions guide the interview. Ultimately, your entry should be able to stand on its own without any additional comments from you.

The schedule for website and paper interviews are available below:

Students should bring a copy of their paper and annotated bibliography to the contest.

Exhibits and Performances will be in the following locations:

Jr. Exhibits: University Center Ballroom A/B/Patio, 4th floor - while table space is first come, first serve, only three projects can fit on one table. We will be measuring to make sure exhibits do not exceed the maximum space allowed. The overall size of your exhibit when displayed for judging must be no larger than 40 inches wide, 30 inches deep, and 6 feet high.

Sr. Exhibits: University Center Program Lounge, 3rd Floor: 

Sr. Performances: University Center Tribute Room, 2nd floor

Jr. Performances: University Center Heritage Room, 4th floor

Dressing room for performers: University Center Mississippi Room, 4th floor


Feb. 4, 2019

Dear History Day Teacher,

The Southeast History Day Committee (HDC) is excited to announce new activity options your students! We hope to provide a positive, fun, and rewarding experience for you and your students while you are on campus. In order to plan and for matters of student safety, we are asking that students sign up for the activities. Space is first come, first serve for some, as noted below.

The HDC will provide supervisors to manage sign in sheets at these locations. Please provide us with your cell phone number so that you can be contacted quickly in the event of an emergency.

  • Contest Check In: 2nd floor of UC – new check in location is on the 2nd floor of the UC, to the right when you enter from the street. Each teacher still receives a packet with schedules, but new in 2019 each student will also receive a packet with information about SEMO, a sticker (and a lapel pin?). Staff from the Admissions Office will collect information and follow up with students.
  • Contest Set Up: 7:30-9 AM in UC for exhibits; documentary viewings scheduled for Carnahan and Brandt Halls
  • Judging: 9:00 AM-12:00PM – students should stay by their exhibits until judges have interviewed them. After that, they may select one or more of the following activities listed below.
  • Public Viewing: 12pm-1pm - Please make sure students leave their exhibits up until 1pm so that community members may come in to see all the amazing exhibits!
  • Awards Ceremony: 2:30-3:30 in Academic Auditorium


Campus map: https://semo.edu/map/index.html

  • Lunch options on campus: The best options for large groups are at the Towers Café (a ten-minute walk from UC and open from 11am) or the UC options listed below.


    • Towers Café: This is a great option for large groups! Lots of seating, all-you-care-to-eat buffet including hamburgers, pizza, a salad bar, and a variety of home-style foods. Located in Towers Building, costs $8 per person.


    • Redhawks Market/ Skylight Terrace: Located in the University Center; A la carte menu options including hamburgers, soup, salads, wraps, Chik-fil-A, Panda Express, and pizza. If your students choose to eat here, have them sit in the Terrace Room (the large dining section behind the Chik-fil-A)

* For daily menu options, check out https://new.dineoncampus.com/semo *


Campus Activities for all NHD Students, Teachers & Parents: 9am-2:30pm

    • Academic Auditorium: will be open from 9am and is a good central meet up spot. Students may choose to bring their devices or homework and hang out quietly in this space. (seats up to 500)


    • West gym at Rec Center reserved from 11am-2pm. This is also near the parking for busses. Rec Center staff will set up volleyball nets, ping pong tables, and provide basketballs. (no cap)


    • Academic Dome Tours provided by Historic Preservation program, 11am-12pm and 1:30pm-2:30pm: must RSVP and sign waivers to go on catwalk; 45 people max per tour. (45 people max per tour; waiver form must be signed)

For senior high students only:

    • Campus Walking Tours - at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm available for senior high students and parents. Students will fill out a prospect card before the tour, which is provided by Admissions staff and student ambassadors


    • Prospective Student Services: Are you interested in attending Southeast? Would you like to tour a department, meet with a faculty representative, or chat with a college student? Appointments with faculty in individual departments available upon request. This is a great chance for college-bound students to explore Southeast!


    • Archeology Bone Lab Interactive Workshop 12:30-1:00 & 1:30-2 in AR002; 15 senior high students allowed per session. Led by Dr. Jen Bengston.

In this workshop, you will learn about the human skeleton and how researchers use bones to learn about the lives of people in the past. This will involve handling real human skeletal remains. Topics covered will include determining sex, age, growth patterns, health status, and cultural practices based on traces left in bones.


    • Just for teachers! You are invited to tour our state of the art EdVolution Center (in Scully Hall). The EDvolution Center is dedicated to providing an environment where emerging technology can be experienced firsthand. Whether it be 3D printing, virtual reality, or robotic technology, students are encouraged to explore, learn, and mold these tools into a strong foundation of teaching. Heath Hase is the Coordinator of The EDvolution Center. He may be reached at hhase@semo.edu or (573) 651-2593. Please contact Mr. Hase to discuss any training or technology needs for your area.


Awards Ceremony: 2:30-3:30 in Academic Auditorium


Thank you for volunteering to judge History Day!

Please plan to attend one of the judging training sessions.

These are scheduled for:

Monday, March 18, 4-5pm in UC Program Lounge, all formats

Exhibits and performances: Tuesday March 19, 8:15am-9am in UC Redhawks Room, all formats (coffee/tea & breakfast provided)

Documentaries: Tuesday March 19, 8am-9am in Carnahan 109 (coffee/tea & breakfast provided)

HD 2019 Final Schedule.pdf


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