The following prizes are awarded annually at the Department's graduation celebration held the Wednesday before Commencement. The deadline for prize applications is Friday, April 7, 2017. For more information on these awards please contact:AAAS
Philippe Wamba Summer Research Travel Grant
Outstanding academic performanceEligibility: Continuing FAS undergraduate and graduate students
This grant was established in 2008 by Danny Rimer in memory of Philippe Wamba. This summer travel award is intended to support a Harvard undergraduate or graduate student carrying out field work or research in Africa. Preference is given to the student who most exemplifies the outstanding academic performance of Philippe Wamba. A 1993 graduate of Harvard College, Philippe Wamba, in his short life, had a profound impact on his fellow students and the faculty of the African and African American Studies Department. Following his graduation, he soon returned to Harvard University where he became the Editor-in-Chief of Africana.com.
Recipients will be responsible for submitting a 1,000-word report on their work over the summer, including an accounting of how the funds were spent. This report is due no later than November 1 in the office of the Graduate and Undergraduate Program Officer.
Students must adhere to Harvard College or GSAS Policies on undergraduate or graduate travel abroad. Please visit the Office of Career Services website http://www.ocs.fas.harvard.edu for travel policies.
Please submit your completed application no later than 5pm on Friday, April 7, 2017 to:
Jonathan M. Levin Prize for Teaching and Social Justice
Most promising undergraduate student who intends to become a public school teacherEligibility: All Harvard College seniors pursuing careers as public school teachers
This award, established by Martin D. Payson, Quincy Jones, and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., honors Jonathan M. Levin, a compassionate and dedicated man committed to teaching as a means of combating the social injustices that exist in American society. The Department awards this prize in two installments, to the most promising undergraduate student who intends to become a public school teacher. The first monetary installment will be awarded at graduation and the remaining funds will be awarded upon the successful completion of two years of public-school teaching. The recipient will be asked to write an essay on his/her experiences teaching in the public schools and submit this to the Department before he/she can accept the second installment. Applicants must submit a 1-2 page statement of purpose explaining their commitment and passion to teaching and how they will contribute to public school teaching or public service if they receive this award. They must also submit a resume, letter of faculty recommendation, and a letter of employment from Teach for America or from a public school, confirming teaching employment for the following year.Application
William Plummer French Prize
Best personal library focusing on some aspect of African or African American culture and historyEligibility: All undergraduates regardless of class rank
Established in 1997, this prize is in memory of William Plummer French who passed away on January 14, 1997. An avid bibliophile, French worked at the University Place Book Shop in New York City, which specialized in African American books. Self-educated through the books in the store, French became known to collectors, scholars, librarians, and fellow dealers as the most sophisticated and knowledgeable bibliographer of African Americana. A book prize is awarded to an undergraduate student from any academic department who has collected the best personal library focusing on some aspect of African or African American culture and history. For this prize, students must submit a bibliography of their African and/or African American library collection focusing on culture and history. This collection may include books and journals as well as film, music and other media. The Department reserves the right to audit the submitted bibliography.Application
Reverend Peter J. Gomes Prize in Religion and Ethnicity
Social responsibility through public service and potential for distinguished contributions to the public goodEligibility: Harvard College Senior
This prize is named for the Reverend Dr. Peter John Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, to honor the work and commitment he has made to Religious Studies, to the study of ethnicity and diversity, and to African and African American Studies. Established in 1995 as a celebration of Gomes’s twenty-fifth year of service to Harvard University, this prize is awarded annually to the Harvard College senior who has demonstrated social responsibility through public service and potential for distinguished contributions to the public good. Seniors must submit the application form, a 1-2 page personal statement and a C.V. to AAAS Graduate and Undergraduate Program Officer, Barker Center, Room 232.Application
Maurice Sedwell Ltd. Prize
Undergraduate who best exemplifies the values of the DepartmentEligibility: Senior Concentrator in African and African American Studies
The Maurice Sedwell Ltd. Prize was inaugurated in 2003 in order to honor an undergraduate in the Department of African and African American Studies who best exemplifies the values of the Department. Andrew Ramroop OBE is an entrepreneur whose company, Maurice Sedwell Bespoke, 19 Savile Row, London, UK, specialises in hand-cut, hand-made, and hand-tailored suits to the highest standard attainable. An individually designed suit is given to the student winning this award. The value of the prize is $7,000.