Louis Hochberg, M.S.W., was a social worker with a life-long dedication to Wilhelm Reich's discoveries. He established the Hochberg Awards through the Orgone Biophysical Research Lab in 1997, shortly before his death. OBRL continues with the Hochberg Awards into the New Century, with programs providing cash awards and recognition to High-School and University students in several categories, and to published authors and journalists, for research and open-theme essays which are topically focused upon Wilhelm Reich's sociological and/or experimental biophysical orgone energy (or life-energy) discoveries. The Awards are open to students and journalists world-wide, but must be submitted in the English language. There are several different catagories for students, and one new catagory (described below) recently opened up to both students and non-students alike, for the publication of accurate articles in popular media (newspapers, magazines) or academic journals.
* Thesis and Dissertation Awards: An Award of up to $1000 will be given to the best accepted and approved University level Thesis or Dissertation addressing Wilhelm Reich's findings and discoveries. Submissions should be made as one good-quality photocopy plus a separate PDF version, and may be sent anytime during the year, but must already be formally accepted by the student's home department. A copy of the student's transcripts (or Department letter) indicating acceptance of the Thesis/Dissertation must also be supplied (this can be done at a later date). This award is made only once each year, approximately two months after December 31st.
* University/College Essay Awards: An Award of up to $500 will be given for the best University/College level student research paper, addressing Wilhelm Reich's findings and discoveries. Maximum length of 50 pages. Submissions should be made as one good-quality photocopy plus a separate PDF version. Award winners will be notified approximately two months after submissions.
* University Thesis/Dissertation Improvement and Implementation Grants: An Award of up to $1500 is available for undertaking original graduate-level research addressing Wilhelm Reich's findings and discoveries. Submitted student proposals must be in duplicate (good quality photocopy plus PDF if available) and include a letter from the student's home department (or their committee chairperson) indicating the formal acceptance of their proposal. The proposal must be accompanied by a cover letter expressing the amount needed and how it would be spent ($1,500 maximum).
* For All Student Award Competitions written proof of student status must be provided, with full address, telephone, e-mail and so forth. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges whose decision will be final.
NEW CATEGORY: For Outstanding Research and Journalism, appearing in Popular or Academic Publications
This new category of the Hochberg Awards is designed to encourage research and writing on Wilhelm Reich's discoveries, with subsequent publication of accurate articles in the popular press and/or academic journals. This Hochberg Award is open to any article focused upon Reich's sociological and natural scientific discoveries which is published in either a regional and/or national publication (newspaper, magazine, journal). As with the student essays, accuracy and clarity are central factors, as well as new findings on the subject of Reich's work. Submissions must include one complete copy of any original book or journal issue under consideration; if the item is an article or chapter in a larger publication, a copy of that complete publication must be provided, along with a PDF scan of the article/chapter under consideration. Submissions need not be made by the author -- any genuine article which openly and accurately discusses Reich's work can be submitted by any reader or subscriber, though the Award would go only to the author. Award amounts can be up to $1000 depending upon the accuracy and breadth of the article, and the circulation of the publication, as determined by our panel of judges. Articles can be short or long, major publications or minor op-ed items, in virtually any publication ranging from local newspapers to national magazines. Rules and Restrictions:
* Submissions will not be accepted from publications already devoted to the topic of orgonomy;
* Internet articles are not accepted, unless appearing in a major on-line news or scientific publication;
* Submissions must come from English-language publications;
* A good quality PDF and photocopy should be submitted for consideration before the end of a given year, with award decisions to be made no later than March 1st of the following year .
* One full and original copy of the publication must be submitted, along with the author's and publisher's contact information (address, telephone, email).
* Submissions can be made by anyone, and not necessarily by the author or publisher. If you see a good article discussing Reich's discoveries, send a copy of the publication along for consideration. The Award, if given, would go to the author of the work.
The goal of this latter Hochberg Award category is to stimulate a greater accuracy in public and academic representations of Wilhelm Reich's work, which continues to be badly misrepresented.
Mail all materials to:
The Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory
PO Box 1148, Ashland, Oregon 97520 USA.
E-mail to: info(at)orgonelab.org
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1. All Submissions Must be Topically Focused Upon the Social and/or Experimental Orgone-Biophysical Aspects of Wilhelm Reich's Discoveries.
2. Awards are made on the basis of accuracy, clarity and merit, as determined by our judges.
3. Submissions can be made at any time of year, but must have already been submitted as an approved departmental thesis or dissertation, or as an essay submission as part of the standard academic coursework.
4. For independent research or general article submissions, they must have already been published, or be in-press with identifications.
5. Submissions must follow standard methods of attribution with full citations, and a listing all consulted sources, following rules of good scholarship.