SPARK@Ship (Ship Promotes Academic Research and Knowledge) is an interdisciplinary and interactive research competition for juniors and seniors in High School studying History, Political Science, or Psychology with a total of $3,600 awarded in this juried competition. Registration opens September 1, 2022. Space is limited. 

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Social media and its cumulative and globalized impact in a post-pandemic world

SPARK@Ship is accepting proposals in three disciplines. Each discipline offers a unique research topic and experience. Space for competitors is limited. 


  • September 1, 2022: the link for competitors to submit research proposal opens. 
  • October 3, 2022: Deadline for all proposals to be submitted; the submission link closes at 6:00pm. 
  • See specific discipline page for details and submission link.


  • Competitors must meet the eligibility requirements for their chosen discipline.
  • See the individual pages for American History & Politics, World Politics & History, or Psychology for details specific to your discipline.

Awards & Certificates

  • First Place award: $1,500 scholarship plus $500 award.
  • Second Place award: $750 scholarship plus $250 award.
  • Third Place award: $500 scholarship plus $100 award.
  • Scholarships are only applied to your first year of attendance at Shippensburg University.
  • Awards are earned whether you choose to attend Shippensburg University or not. 
  • All competitors and participants will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation to further enhance their college admissions portfolio.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

  • 9:30am | Welcome from President Patterson and Shippensburg University Leadership
  • 10:00am | Departmental sessions and competitions
  • 12 Noon | Break
  • 12:15pm | Lunch
  • 1:00pm | Award Ceremony

All activities will take place on the campus of Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg PA, 17257. Room locations and parking information will be provided to all participants.

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