Asian American Studies

The Clark Cunningham Undergraduate Essay Award

1/19/2018  8:00 am

The Clark Cunningham Undergraduate Essay Award

An Academic Research Paper Contest in Asian American Studies

For Undergraduate Students, 2018-2019

Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

In order to encourage undergraduate student research in Asian American Studies, the University of Illinois Asian American Studies Department is sponsoring a $100 award for the best undergraduate student research paper in Asian American Studies. The awards committee reserves the right to not grant any awards. Awardees will be recognized at the annual APA Leadership Awards Ceremony held during the Spring 2018 semester.

Application process:

Applicants must be current UIUC undergraduate students or have graduated no earlier than December 2017. Applicants must submit the following items. It is the responsibility of the students to ensure their applications are complete and submitted correctly:

- An academic research paper on Asian American issues, minimum of 8 pages in length. This can be any academic paper (in any field such as history, ethnography, literary criticism, sociology) which advances the knowledge on Asian Pacific American issues.

- Paper must have been written by the applicant during his/her time as a student at UIUC.

- A brief cover letter detailing when the paper was written and for what course (if applicable).

- One email recommendation submitted by any UIUC faculty member. This can be directed to Christine Lyke, Administrative Aide, at, phone number (217) 244-9530.

*Note: In order to ensure an anonymous reviewing process, no identifying information should appear on any portion of the paper except in the cover letter.

Applications and relevant documents are due Monday, March 5, 2018. Please submit all application documents electronically to:

Christine Lyke, Administrative Aide, at