Important Dates & Times

Friday January 01, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Tuesday January 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Wednesday January 27, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Wednesday February 03, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Friday February 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Wednesday February 03, 2021 at 9:00 AM

2021 Virtual Contest Expectations

  • The judging will take place entirely online for the virtual contest and is closed to the public.
  • In order to protect student privacy there will not be interviews for the 2021 contest. The interviews do not and have never counted towards a student's project evaluation. 
  • We will announce the top 3 & alternate winners in each category. Projects will be available to view after the contest on the Showcase.

For full rules, see the 2021 National History Day Rule Book

Please note that there are updated rules for the overall contest and for the different categories.


National History Day in Wisconsin

Madison Regional

UW-Madison is the home of the Madison Regional and welcomes students from Adams County all the way down to Rock County-- and others in between! Looking forward to another great in person contest at the Pyle Center in 2022. See you there!

Virtual Contest Year

Sorry we are not able to see you in person this year. Thank you for all your hard work this year and we are looking forward to seeing you next year in person!


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

Judge Evaluation Criteria


  • 80% — Historical Quality
    • Historical Argument
    • Shows wide research
    • Primary sources used
    • Placed in historical context
    • Multiple Perspectives
    • Historical Accuracy
    • Interpret and analyze
    • Significance in History
    • Strong thesis
    • Student Voice throughout
  • 20% — Clarity of Presentation
    • Use of visual images
    • Process paper and annotated bibliography clearly organized


There will be no interviews during the 2021 virtual contest due to student privacy. The interview does not and has never counted towards a student's evaluation. The project stands alone.




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