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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To be eligible for the AC Student Prize, applicants must be registered as UC Berkeley undergraduate students at the time of submission.  Applicants may submit a paper or project they developed in an AC course.  Applicants may apply individually or as a group (if the group collectively developed the paper or project in an AC course).  An applicant may only send one submission per year.  Applicants may reapply as many times as they would like.  However, an applicant may only be awarded the AC Student Prize once (whether they were awarded the AC Student Prize as an individual or as part of a group).

Submission Requirements:

Only complete submissions will be considered for the AC Student Prize.  A complete submission must include:

  1. 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;
  2. 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; and
  3. A letter of support from the 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). 

Students must submit the first two submission requirements to the American Cultures Center by the 2020 submission deadline (TBA).  Instructors must also submit letters of support separately by this date.  All applications materials must be sent to:

The American Cultures Center
360 Stephens Hall #1050
Berkeley, CA 94720-1050
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