AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize

Glenn Sonnedecker in 1966

Each year the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy awards the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize to the author(s) of the best unpublished manuscript, on a topic within the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals.

The Prize is aimed at graduate students and Early Career Scholars (ECRs). (See eligibility requirements below).

Co-authored papers are eligible for the Sonnedecker Prize competition—provided that all listed authors meet the necessary Early Career Researcher criteria listed below.

The recipient of the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize will also be awarded a $1,000 cash prize (co-authored papers will split the $1,000 award), and their manuscript will be published in AIHP’s journal History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals upon, and subject to, successful completion of peer- and editorial-review processes.

Instructions for Submissions

The deadline for submission of manuscripts for the 2021 competition is June 1, 2021. To be considered for the 2021 AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize, please submit a copy of the unpublished manuscript in Microsoft Word format. Email the manuscript to aihp@aihp.org using the subject heading “Sonnedecker Prize Submission” for the message. Articles should be 8,000-10,000 words, and authors should consult the HoPP Author Guidelines when preparing submissions. Papers in languages other than English should be accompanied by a translation. Please provide evidence of graduate student and/or ECR status.

Submitted manuscripts will be evaluated and judged by a panel comprised of the Institute’s Historical Director and four members of the Editorial Board of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals. The panel will announce the Sonnedecker Prize decision in early September.

Eligibility requirements are:

  1. The submitted manuscript must be a on topic related to the history of pharmacy or pharmaceuticals.
  2. The submitted manuscript must not have been published, currently committed for publication, or under consideration for publication at any other journal.
  3. The author(s) of the submitted manuscript must agree to allow publication of the manuscript in History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals.
  4. The author(s) must be graduate students and/or Early Career Researchers (ECRs). AIHP defines ECRs as holders of tenure-track positions who received the PhD within the previous three years or members of the academic precariat in limited term positions who received the PhD within the previous six years.

Previous Winners of the Sonnedecker Prize

Background

Originally established in 2015, the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize honors Professor Glenn Sonnedecker, a distinguished historian of pharmacy, the longtime Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, and the founding editor of the Institute’s academic journal, Pharmacy in History,which changed its name to History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals in 2021.

2015 Sonnedecker
Glenn Sonnedecker examines an artifact with visiting scholar Halil Tekiner in 2015

The former Executive Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy from 1957-1973 and 1981-1985, Glenn Sonnedecker is an influential historian of pharmacy. Sonnedecker received his PhD in History of Science and History of Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin in 1952, and he taught at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy from 1952 to 1986. In addition to being the founding editor of AIHP’s academic journal, he has been the editor or author of more than a dozen books and pamphlets and 100+ articles on the history of pharmacy.

Prior to 2021, the Sonnedecker Prize was awarded annually for the best original article published during the previous year on the history of some facet of pharmacy practice or pharmacy education in the United States (including the Colonial Period). Articles published (including electronic appearance) in peer-reviewed journals were eligible for consideration. Award winners demonstrated originality of scholarship and clear contribution to the study of the history of pharmacy. The AIHP Board of Directors adopted the current protocol for the Sonnedecker Prize in August 2020.

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