CSUMB 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

  • Next submission deadline is Spring 2018 [exact date to be determined]

  • 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 bibliography 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 bibliography).

  • 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


Browse the Ethnic Studies Award Collections:

Ethnic Studies Award