BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY
Students who wish to be inducted into the Cliosophic
be eligible for membership, and
complete the steps of the application process in
order to be inducted into the Society.
Standard of Eligibility
Any student who achieves a semester grade of an A- or above (93-100) in any
Social Studies course in grades 9-12 is eligible to apply for membership in
the Ravenscroft Cliosophic Society. The Faculty Sponsor of the Society will
gather the names of all eligible students and inform them of their eligibility,
announcing their names at Morning Meeting and presenting them with a letter
explaining the application process. Once determined to be eligible, a student
will remain eligible for the rest of his or her academic career, so long as
social studies grades in subsequent semesters do not dip below a B+ (90).
The Application Process
Because the Cliosophic Society is an honor society, students must demonstrate
excellence not only in the classroom and but also in scholarship. Accordingly,
eligible students who wish to be inducted into the Cliosophic Society must have
completed a major research paper. This paper can begin as an assignment for
a History class or as a Composition class project, but it must then be expanded
under the direction of a faculty member and presented to a committee of History
Department Teachers. If the department approves of the work, then the paper
will be submitted for publication in the Concord Review, and the student
will be inducted into the Ravenscroft Cliosophic Society at a ceremony in front
of the Upper School; at that time, they will be given a certificate and a book.
Completing the Research Paper
Students should use the following procedure in order to complete research paper:
Determine an Area of Academic Interest: Students
should focus on subjects that they love, whether European History or modern
Select a Topic for Independent Research: Students
should narrow down their topic of study, one both challenging and rewarding,
and then write an abstract on the proposed project topic. NOTE:
Students may choose to modify research papers they have already completed for
class assignments, so long as the topic is history or social studies.
Choose an Advisor to Help Guide Research: Students
should complete their research under the direction of an advisor (a member of
the History faculty). Each advisor and student may determine the parameters
of the research, including paper length and degree of detail, but the emphasis
should be on outstanding scholarship.
The work must be a piece of original scholarship, fully documented and supported.
Formally Present Independent Research: After the
student completes the project, he or she must present and defend the work to
a committee consisting of members of the History faculty at one of two pre-arranged
After being notified of their eligibility, students
may take as much time as necessary to complete the Independent Research assignment.
Typically, students should aim to complete their research within nine months
of eligibility. There will be two times for students to present their findings,
the first in the week following February vacation and the second in the second
week of September.