Important Dates & Times

Thursday December 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Monday February 03, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Friday February 14, 2020 at 8:30 AM
Friday February 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Friday February 14, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Sunday September 20, 2020 at 7:49 PM

Contest Rules for the Permian Basin Regional History Day

This competition follows the rules of Texas History Day and National History Day.  For a pdf of the rule book, please click here.

Additional Rules:

  • The Deadline for registering is January 20, 2020.  
  • Papers and websites must be included with the students' registration by this date. 
  • Students must bring a thumb drive of their documentary to the contest, it is their responsibility to make sure the documentary plays on both a PC and a Mac.  (We recommend they bring a back-up thumb drive, just-in-case.)
  • All projects, excluding websites, must bring three copies of their process paper and annotated bibliography for judging.  (It is recommended the students bring a fourth copy for their use.)
  • If you have any questions about any rules, please contact state coordinator, Lisa Berg, at 512-471-2600 or email at

Permian Basin Regional History Fair is please to join 23 other regions across Texas in providing Texas students with the opportunity to showcase their knowledge, creativity, and passion for history throught the National History Day program! 

The top two finishers in each category from this competition move on to Texas History Day in April.  Each year thousands of students, encouraged by teachers and parents statewide, participate in the National History Day program in Texas.  

Each student bases their project on the same annual theme and rule book. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research at libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and more. Projects are not limited to any particular time period or geographic area. After analyzing and interpreting their source material, create a plan to present their findings to the peers and teachers before moving on to regional, state, and possibly national contests. Students can create and present original research papers, exhibits, performances, websites, and documentaries.

The Permian Basin Regional History Day provides the opportunity for students to:

  • Build self-confidence

  • Practice public speaking

  • Learn research skills

  • Cultivate critical thinking 

  • Develop analytical skills

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Public Display

Inform visitors when and where the can go to see the various contest projects.

After registration is complete in January, the schedule will be released to sponsors and will be made available to the teachers via email.   


  • Please be at your judging location at least 15 minutes before your scheduled judging time.  If you miss your judging time, it is not guaranteed you will be worked into the schedule.
  • Be familiar with the layout of UTPB, so you will know where you need to go.  
  • Make sure you have copies of the process paper and annotated bibliography, excluding websites since those are embeded in the site.
  • Bring any project materials you need with you, you will not be given extra time to get anything you are missing.  
  • You are responsible for any props, backpacks, electronics that are set down, please do not leave items unattended.


  • You and any chaperones are responsible for your students and make sure they act appropriately.
  • Students should not be wandering the campus without adult supervision.
  • Make sure the students and the Regional Coordinator have a way to get in touch with you on the day of the contest.




Group Documentary
Group Exhibit
Group Performance
Group Website
Individual Documentary
Individual Exhibit
Individual Performance
Individual Website

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Judge Criteria

A text overview of the job and criteria of a contest judge.



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