Student Prize

Student Prize recipients

The Award

Awarded since 2008, the American Cultures Student Prize has provided students with the opportunity to highlight work taken in an American Cultures course which promotes understanding of race, ethnicity, and culture. The prize also recognizes student’s work as a standard of excellence in scholarship.

Recipients of the AC Student Prize will receive a $1,000 award, be honored at a public award ceremony and have their submission uploaded as an electronic publication onto the American Cultures Escholarship site(link is external) and permanently indicated as a recipient on the American Cultures website.

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Eligibility:

Applicants for the AC Student Prize must be current UC Berkeley undergraduate students and may only submit a paper or project developed in an AC course.

How to Apply:

  • Submit a draft or final version of the paper/project from an AC Course.  Students can submit research papers, essays, poetry, short story, digital projects or other written works from all courses at all levels. Please note a 1-2 page interpretive essay must accompany the following types of submissions: poetry, short story, and digital projects
  • Provide a statement of 750-1000 words describing your project/paper and how it supports the goal of the American Cultures curriculum to strengthen understanding of race, culture, ethnicity, and the diversity of the American experience. 
  • Provide a letter of support from course instructor (letters from graduate students instructors are acceptable).  There is no page or word limit for the letter.  In the letter of support, the instructor should discuss your project and how and why the instructors feel the student's project supports the goal of the American Cultures curriculum--to strengthen understanding of race, culture, ethnicity, and the diversity of the American experience.  Instructors should mail or email the letter to support directly to the AC Center (see addresses below). 

Submit all application materials to:

The American Cultures Center
360 Stephens Hall #1050
Berkeley, CA 94720-1050
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Email materials to americancultures@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail) (pdf and word formats are acceptable).

Deadline: We are not currently accepting applications for the AC Student Prize.  Please check back later for the application deadline.

For questions, please contact us at americancultures@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail) or call 510-664-7065.