Student Prize

Student Prize recipients

Awarded since 2008, the American Cultures Student Prize provides 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

The Award

  • Recipient will receive a $1,000 award
  • Recipients will be honored at a public award ceremony
  • Receive electronic publication on the American Cultures Escholarship site(link is external) and permanently indicated as a recipient on the American Cultures website

To learn more about our previous recipients, please click on the images on the right.

Eligibility/What to Submit:

  • Current UC Berkeley students can submit work from any AC course taken
  • 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

How to Apply:

  • 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 draft or final version of the paper/project
  • 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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Deadline: March 16th, 2018

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