ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES STUDENT AWARD GUIDELINES & DESCRIPTIONS
Annual AAS student Awards! Apply!!
Dear AAS Minors & Majors:
It's that time of the year again! The Asian American Studies Department will be honoring students with our annual awards again this year. This year the awards will be presented to students at the Department's Distinguished Speaker and Student Awards Ceremony on April 27, 2017.
If you are interested, please see the attachments for instructions to find out how to apply (.pdf)
Every year, Asian American Studies faculty members honor students for their achievements and contributions. To be considered for one of the departmental awards, applicants must:
1) Complete the AAS Student Awards Application Form; 2) Write three brief essays (see page 2 for essay prompts); and 3) Submit a 1-page Resume (see page 3 for suggested format). Note that to receive one of the AAS awards, you are also required to attend the annual AAS/ EOP Distinguished Speaker and Student Awards event scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5pm.
All materials must be completed and emailed as an attachment (Microsoft Word Doc or PDF) to Professor Tracy Buenavista at by Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 5pm. Please include in the email subject line: “AAS Awards Application – [First & Last Name].
The honors (non-monetary awards) and scholarships (monetary awards) are described below:
Promising Freshman/ Sophomore Award* - This award recognizes freshmen and sophomores who have taken (or are taking) a minimum of two AAS courses (or one ethnic studies/one AAS course), and have demonstrated promise in context of academics and/ or community involvement.
*Students interested in this award do not have to complete an application, but simply have to express interest in being nominated to faculty members with whom you have taken courses
Promising Transfer Award - This award recognizes transfer students who have taken (or are taking) a minimum of two AAS courses (or one ethnic studies/ one AAS course), and have demonstrated promise in context of academics and/ or community involvement.
Promising Future Teacher Award - This award recognizes students who would excel in a career in education (K-12 and/or in higher education) and have demonstrated experience as an educator (e.g. peer mentor, tutor, teaching assistant, group leader for AAS courses, and/ or educational researcher).
Community Builder Award - This award recognizes students who play a crucial role in building the Asian and/ or Pacific Islander American community on- and/ or off-campus.
Academic Achievement Award - The student who receives this award should be a major/double-major in AAS and has demonstrated a strong academic performance and critical understanding of AAS and/ or Ethnic Studies. Priority will be given to a student with senior standing.
Donna Kawamoto Special Achievement Award - The student who receives this award may not necessarily have a high GPA or be considered a visible leader, but the student has demonstrated resiliency and a strong ability to overcome unusual hardships and life circumstances while pursuing higher education.
Enrique de la Cruz Social Justice Award - The student who receives this award has demonstrated a commitment to ending social oppression, an impact on Asian and/ or Pacific Islander American communities on- or off-campus, and /or involvement in social justice organizations or projects.
Kenyon Chan Outstanding Leadership Award - The student who receives this award is an AAS major, double major, or minor; and has demonstrated the goals and values of the department, as well as campus leadership. The student is engaged in practices that bridge the university and Asian and/ or Pacific Islander American communities, and has advanced Ethnic Studies through research and/or activism.