Graduate Student Awards

Every academic year, the Department of African & African American Studies offers the following awards to students who have achieved remarkable accomplishments in areas such as research, writing, and teaching.

A relentless advocate for education and civil rights, Mary McLeod Bethune accomplished extraordinary things in her life including starting a private school for African American girls which later became the Bethune-Cookman College (a co-educational junior college) and becoming an advisor to President Franklin D Roosevelt. Faculty and students may nominate research papers or projects in any written form from African & African American Studies classes and classes cross-listed with the department.

This award recognizes excellence in student research and writing in the disciplines of African & African American Studies (AAAS).


For the Graduate Writing Award, a student should

  • have written a paper/dissertation chapter for an AAAS-owned or cross-listed course with an AAAS faculty member (primary, joint, or secondary)

The Graduate Student Teaching Award is for excellence in teaching. 

Faculty should nominate graduate students (from any department) who have either served as TAs in their courses or who have taught independent courses under their guidance and mentorship.