Ruth J. Simmons Prize

We are happy to announce the competition for the 2019 Ruth J. Simmons Thesis Prize.  This $1,000 prize is awarded to the African American Studies concentrator or AAS certificate student whose thesis best exhibits excellence in research and writing within the field of African American Studies.

AAS concentrators do not have to self-nominate or ask the advisor to write a nomination letter for the prize. The nomination process is incorporated into the AAS reader reports.

AAS certificate students who wish to be considered for the prize should notify Jana Johnson at after uploading* the thesis to the University Archives in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Next, ask the advisor to email a written letter of support to Ms. Johnson, as well as the home department to email copies of the reader reports and final grade.

*All thesis submissions to be considered for the prize must be uploaded to the archives by May 24, 2019.

The prize will be awarded on Class Day, June 3, 2019.

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