Best Paper in Latino Studies
"Conjuring Home” by Liliana 2015
Call for Submissions - Due March 22, 2019
About the José E. Limón Best Paper in Latino Studies
The Institute for Latino Studies announces its José E. Limón Best Paper in Latino Studies, for written work done on U.S. Latino communities, to support scholarly work by undergraduate and graduate students consistent with the mission of the Institute for Latino Studies. Through scholarship and teaching, the Institute for Latino Studies advances understanding of the fastest-growing and youngest population in the United States and the U.S. Catholic Church. At present, 17% of all people in the U.S. and 40% of all Catholics in the U.S. are Latino/Hispanic. Exemplary papers will be awarded $250 and $500 awards in April 2019.
Undergraduate Student Best Paper $250
Submissions for the ILS José E. Limón Best Paper in Latino Studies are now being accepted for papers by Notre Dame undergraduate students exploring U.S. based, Latino Studies research topics. Qualifying submissions may be research papers, thesis, articles, or original essays prepared during the student’s Freshman to Senior years at Notre Dame. Submissions can be made by current Notre Dame undergraduate students only. The winning submission will be presented at the annual ILS National Young Scholars Symposium April 2019, with a $250 prize awarded.
Graduate Student Best Paper $500
Submissions for the ILS José E. Limón Best Paper in Latino Studies are now being accepted for papers by any Notre Dame graduate or post-graduate students analyzing U.S. based, Latino Studies research topics. Qualifying submissions may be research papers, thesis, articles, or original essays prepared during the graduate student’s years of enrollment at Notre Dame. Submissions can be made by current Notre Dame graduate students only. The winning submission will be presented at the annual ILS National Young Scholars Symposium April 2019, with a $500 prize awarded.
ILS will accept only one submission per student per submission period, December 15, 2018 to March 15, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to Idalia Maldonado, ILS Administration & Events Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, (574) 631-4440.
The ILS José E. Limón Best Paper in Latino Studies submissions and contact information should be directed to Latino@nd.edu by 11:59 p.m. on March 22, 2019.
Congratulations to the 2018 Best Paper Winners!
The Institute for Latino Studies is pleased to announce its three 2018 José E. Limón Best Paper in Latino Studies. This recognition is awarded for written work done on U.S. Latino communities, to support scholarly work by undergraduate and graduate students consistent with the mission of the Institute for Latino Studies.
This year the Institute received 15 outstanding scholarly papers from undergraduates and graduates students.
Best Paper Winners
To read the prize winning papers please click the titles below.
Cole Grabowski '19
Major: Mechanical Engineering
"Bringing La Lucha to the Golden Dome: Mexican American Student Activism at the University of Notre Dame, 1969-75"
In his essay, Grabowski uses primary source documents from the collected papers of ILS Founding Director Gilberto Cardenas to reconstruct the earliest efforts of Latino and Latina students and faculty to push Notre Dame to live up to its highest values of equity and inclusion for those communities who are the future of Catholic Church. Grabowski helps us understand that these efforts were not always well received.
Gregory Jenn '18
Major: Political Science, Romance Languages and Literatures, Latino Studies
"Mexican Migration: A Dantean Illumination"
Utilizing all of his majors, Latino Studies, Political Science, and Italian, Jenn develops a truly unique analytical linkage between the journey of Dante that takes him to the inferno to the perilous journeys of so many Mexican migrants to the U.S. He helps us appreciate that the struggles of so many migrants are aligned with the perennial human struggle to find happiness and meaning in life. He also helps us understand that these migration paths, in the end, lead to the living of the virtuous life of the soul, whatever the struggles the body may be forced to endure.
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science
"Revisiting the Role of Group Consciousness and Co-ethnic Contact in Political Participation Among Latinos in the United States"
Using cutting edge data and statistical techniques, Solano deepens our understanding of the most important factors affecting the levels of civic engagement of Latino and Latina in the U.S. As Latino communities grow in their capacity to influence politics in the U.S., it is work like that of Solano that will better inform not just the academy, but all those interested in maximizing that influence in the future.