American Culture (AC) offers two scholarships/awards every year.
In the fall semester, all majors and minors within our unit (American Culture; *Latina/o Studies; Native American Studies; Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies; and Arab and Muslim American Studies) are eligible to apply for the Joel S. Siegel Scholarship.
In the winter semester, all currently declared majors and minors in American Culture or one of its *Ethnic Studies Programs are eligible to compete for the annual Richard Meisler Writing Award in American Studies. Please see below for more information.
Joel S. Siegel Scholarship
This $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to an American Culture student with financial need and who best represents the potential for excellence in our program. Calls for applications are sent out to all majors and minors every fall, with the application deadline in mid-November.
All undergraduate students (majors and minors) in American Culture/Ethnic Studies are eligible to be nominated for the award by a faculty member or they may self-nominate if they wish.
Please submit a 2– to 3–paragraph biography that also includes your academic and professional goals to the undergraduate program coordinator.
The Richard Meisler Writing Award in American Studies
The Richard Meisler Writing Award in American Studies: Starting in 2017, American Culture will make an annual $500 award for an outstanding essay in American studies. This writing award is named in honor of our cherished colleague and department advisor, Richard Meisler, who took great delight in getting to know our students’ unique talents and perspectives. In that spirit, this award recognizes those same talents as they are so often reflected in their outstanding writing and research.
All currently declared undergraduate majors and minors in American Culture, Arab and Muslim American Studies, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Native American Studies are eligible to submit essays for the writing award. Only essays written during the current academic year are eligible for review. Students must have been enrolled at the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan during the semester in which the essay was written, but the essay does not have to have been written for an American Culture class. Each author may submit only one entry.
Essays are evaluated by the American Culture Undergraduate Committee. The committee will judge essays for their contribution to understanding an aspect of American culture, including issues emerging from race and ethnic studies, history, literature, media studies, performance studies, women’s studies, LGBTQ studies, the social sciences, and other related fields. Essays will be judged on their originality and the clarity of presentation.
Essays should be no longer than 30 pages, typed and double-spaced, including notes and/or bibliography. Reviews will be conducted through blind review.
Past Writing Award Winners
Amara Lopez, "Notions of Home Beyond the Field"
Jasmine Reyes, "Violence and Agency In Lorraine Hansberry's play Les Blancs"
Lorna Mosher, "To be Attractive and a Comedienne"
Carlina Duan, "I am Not a Geisha"
Kavitha Iyengar, "The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: Creating the Mexican-American Frontier"
Ariel Kaplowitz , Mujeres Por La Causa: Chicana Feminists in the International Women’s Year
Patrick Mullen-Cuyoy , A Not-So-New Colossus: United States Response to Central American Immigration in the Mid-1980s and the Mid-2010s
Nour Soubani , Complicating the Arab-American Identity: The Role of War and Violence in Arab-American Creative Writing from 2001-2014
Mena Hermiz, Criticism of the 'Clashing Civilizations' Theory
Dylan Nelson, Relational Resistance: Misunderstanding, Race, and Sacred Power in Mid-Eighteenth Century Delaware Nativist Revival
Ashley Bock, "Detroit Skylines"
Charlene Franke, “Southwest Native American Artistry in the Twentieth Century”
Jocelyn Reinert, “Selling Humanitarianism”
Madison Jones, "We Must Secure the Existence of Our People"
Kristina Perkins, “Uses of the Cut-up: On (Re)Producing Collective Authorship”
Caitlyn Zawideh, "Deepfakes, Truth, and the Individual"
Holly Reynolds, “Summary of the 1868 Crow Land Session”