CSUMB undergraduate students are encouraged to submit a research paper (or a creative work informed by research) on an ethnic studies topic to be considered for the Tanimura and Antle Library’s Ethnic Studies Research Paper Award. The winner will receive a $500 prize, an invitation to serve on the award jury the following year, and a spot in CSUMB’s Digital Commons to archive their paper or project.

Past award recipients

Submission Guidelines

  • Submission deadline is April 12, 2023

  • 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., diasporic studies, 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). Topically appropriate submissions are accepted from all disciplines.

  • As a research paper or project, submissions must include information from multiple sources, including scholarly sources. Creative work and projects in various media substantially informed by research are accepted. A reference list is required for all submissions.

  • Students have the option of submitting a cover letter along with their paper describing its context and how it fits into the field of ethnic studies. Papers should be no more than 15 double-spaced pages (not including reference list).

  • Students are encouraged to revise their papers with feedback from their instructors and the Cooperative Learning Center in advance of submission.

  • Students must remove their names and other identifying information from their submissions (including on the title page and in headers or footers) before uploading. This will ensure that the review is blind.

  • Limit one entry per student

  • If you have any questions about the award or are having difficulty submitting your entry, please contact Sarah Dahlen (sdahlen@csumb.edu).


    Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Award Background


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Ethnic Studies Research Paper Award