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Academic Awards

Matt Meier Award For Excellence in Student Research


The Ethnic Studies program invites students to submit substantive academic work centered on issues of race/ethnicity for the annual Matt Meier award. Work in any discipline or department will be considered. A broad range of work will be accepted including (but not limited to) short or long essays, research papers and projects (including capstone research projects), short films, investigative radio programs or other forms of audio/visual research. Winners will be awarded a $250.00 monetary prize along with a plaque recognizing their accomplishment both of which will be awarded at the Ethnic Studies reception in Spring Quarter.

Guidelines for submission

  1. Submissions should be centrally focused on issues related to race/ethnicity (e.g. - studies of African American, Latina/o, Asian or Pacific Islander, Native/American Indian communities in the U.S., history of racialization, manifestations of critical race theory, immigration, transnationalism, intersectionality, women of color, racial and/or ethnic social movements, profiles of significant leaders or organizations within minority communities).
  2. Only one entry per student.
  3. Essays and paper submissions should be no less than 5 pages in length and no longer than 35 pages and must include a reference list or bibliography to be considered.
  4. Projects and papers with multiple authors are allowed, albeit only one awarded will be conveyed.
  5. Each applicant must submit 3 copies of their work to the Ethnic Studies Program office in St. Joseph’s Hall, Room 109. Video and audio submissions may be sent electronically to the Ethnic Studies Program Assistant.

The Ethnic Studies Program Core Faculty will serve as the selection committee. Awards will be announced at the annual Ethnic Studies reception in honor of graduating seniors to be held in the Williman Room – Benson Center on Thursday, May 26th, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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Cedric Busette Memorial Award

The Cedric Busette Memorial Award was established in 1996 by the Ethnic Studies Program to honor the memory of Professor Cedric Busette for his outstanding commitment to the Ethnic Studies Program and for his dedication to the goals of Jesuit education. As a member of the Ethnic Studies Advisory Board, he worked tirelessly to improve the program and was an excellent mentor to faculty and students.

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