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Annual Prizes

 

The John Edgar Wideman Prize in Africana Studies

Named in honor of University of Pennsylvania alumnus, author and the first director of the Afro-American Studies Program, this prize is awarded annually for the best undergraduate Africana Studies (African American or Diaspora) essay in literature or the arts. Prize recipient is awarded $250. Students may submit an essay previously written for a course.

2018 Winner: Imani Davis

 

The Buchi Emecheta Prize in African Studies

Named in honor of celebrated Nigerian novelist, children's writer, screenplay writer and autobiographer, this prize is awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay on African language, literature (in any language, written or oral), music or the arts. Prize recipient is awarded $250. Students may submit an essay previously written for a course.

2018 Winner: Bernardo G. Sarti

 

The W.E.B. Du Bois Prize in Africana Studies

Named in honor of University of Pennsylvania sociologist and Pan-Africanist, this prize is awarded annually for the best undergraduate Africana Studies (African American or Diaspora) essay in history or the social sciences. Prize recipient is awarded $250. Students may submit an essay previously written for a course.

2018 Winner: Ida L. Thomas

 

The Nnamdi Azikiwe Prize in African Studies

Named in honor of the first president of independent Nigeria, this prize is awarded for the best undergraduate African Studies essay in any of the social or natural sciences. Prize recipient is awarded $250. Students may submit an essay previously written for a course.

2018 Winner: Roberta Y. Nin Feliz

 

The Sadie Tanner Alexander Prize in Africana Studies

Named in honor of Sadie Tanner Alexander, distinguished University of Pennsylvania alumna, this prize is awarded for a senior honors thesis of exceptional merit in Africana Studies. Prize recipient is awarded $300. Students may submit a draft of their thesis for consideration.

2018 Winner: Kassidi S. Jones

 

The African Studies Senior Thesis Prize

This prize is awarded for a senior thesis of exceptional merit in African Studies. Prize recipient is awarded $300. Students may submit a draft of their thesis for consideration.

2018 Winner: Not awarded this year

 

The Raymond Pace Alexander Prize in Africana Studies

Named in honor of Raymond Pace Alexander, University of Pennsylvania alumnus, attorney, civil rights advocate and judge, this prize is awarded to an Africana Studies major or minor who has distinguished himself or herself academically, intellectually and in the area of leadership. For consideration, students should submit a one-page nomination statement and copy of their resume. Prize recipient is awarded $350.

2018 Winner: Nia R. Kaudo

 

The Outstanding African Studies Student Prize

This prize is awarded to an outstanding African Studies student. Faculty will nominate students for consideration for this prize. Prize recipient is awarded $350.

2018 Winner: Not awarded this year

 

The Center for Africana Studies Distinguished Student Prize 

This prize awards $500 toward graduate school expenses to an exceptional student who will pursue graduate study in Africana Studies (African continent, African American or Diaspora). For consideration, students should submit a one-page statement that discusses their proposed graduate study, research plans and a letter of support from a faculty member who is familiar with the student's work and graduate school plans.

2018 Winner: Kelsey Desir

 

The Arthur Fauset Award

This award is given to a deserving student, who has excelled academically and in the area of leadership.  The recipients are nominated by Africana Studies administrative faculty and receive a monetary prize of $2,000.

2018 Winner: Kassidi S. Jones

 

Graduate Student Prize Award for Best Dissertation in Africana Studies

This prize is awarded for an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation focusing on the African continent. Prize recipient is awarded $400. Faculty should send a nomination email to africana@sas.upenn.edu and deliver a copy of the dissertation to the Center for Africana Studies administrative office.

2018 Winner: Not awarded this year


Students should contact the Center for Africana Studies, 3401 Walnut Street, Suite 331A, for additional information on submission guidelines or for more information about the above prizes.