Jeff GarcilazoEstablished in honor and memory of the late Chicano/Latino Studies and History professor, the Jeff Garcilazo Fellowship/Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for students to examine the historical and contemporary experiences of Chicano/Latino communities. The Jeff Garcilazo Paper Prize is awarded annually to undergraduate student author(s) of the best research paper(s) in Chicano/Latino studies. Donations can be made by completing the Jeff Garcilazo Fellowship/Scholarship Fund Donation Form. In advance, thank you for your anticipated contribution and we look forward to adding your name to our list of donors:

Jose and Leilani Alamillo

Anna Carricchi-Lopez

Ralph and Carol Cicerone

Louis DeSipio

Maya K. Dunne and John Dombrink

Stephanie A. Fetta

Alex and Toni Garcilazo

Manuel and Stella Ginez

James and Ruth Given

Manuel and Genet Gomez

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA)

Lynn Mally and Robert Moeller

Alejandro Morales

K.C. and Georgette Nicolaou

Nick Renteria

Jess L. Romo

Nancy Lee Ruyter

Heidi Tinsman

Veronica Vargas

Anne Walthall

Christina Woo

Martha Acevedo, 1968 Humanities Alumni

2022-2023 Jeff Garcilazo Paper Prize Award Announcement, submission deadline: 5:00pm, Friday, May 5, 2023



This award has been named and established in honor of the trailblazing Chicana historian, Vicki L. Ruiz. Faculty in the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies are invited to nominate graduating undergraduate students who have demonstrated scholarly excellence, service, and resilience for this award. The vision and dedication driving this student's accomplishments and resilience are meant to honor and continue the extraordinary legacy and strides of Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz. Students are not eligible to apply or nominate themselves or other students for this award.




Graduating UCI undergraduate students who are majors, minors, or have a departmental certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies, and have successfully completed a distinguished and sustained trajectory of original primary research experience that advances our investigation and understanding of the Chicano-Latino experience within and beyond UCI are eligible to nominate themselves for this award. The research must be conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in the department of Chicano/Latino Studies.



Graduating undergraduates who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to service that promotes diversity and civic engagement within the UCI student community and/or the broader public are eligible for this award. Evidence of exceptional commitment to the student community and broader public may include (but is not limited to) participation in campus and/or community organizations, developing on-campus programming, engaging in off-campus programming, and volunteer activities that nurture awareness, knowledge, and sustained engagement with Chicano/Latinos at UCI and/or outside of UCI.



This award was named and established in honor of Alejandro Morales, an acclaimed author of Chicano/Latinx literature who has written novels, short stories and poetry in Spanish and English. The award is intended to recognize the achievements of a graduating 1st Generation undergraduate who has submitted a single authored written essay in English or Spanish or a combination of both languages that focuses on the Chicano/Latinx experience and composed in one of the genres listed below. Genres will be rotated yearly. THE 2023 GENRE IS FICTION - SHORT STORY.  Students are encouraged to self-nominate their essay.


  • AUTOBIOGRAPHY - Write a single authored doubled spaced, 1500 word maximum autobiographical essay written in English, Spanish or a combination of both languages. Topic must focus on the Chicano/Latinx experience.
  • NON-FICTION ESSAY - A work of nonfiction that makes use of factual reporting, or memoir  with narrative techniques related to those of fiction. Write a double spaced single authored 1500 word maximum piece written in English, Spanish or a combination of both languages. Cite your sources at the end of essay if you have any. Topic must focus on the Chicano/ Latinx experience.
  • POETRY - Write a single authored collection of 4 to 6 poems, not to exceed 1500 words, composed either in English or Spanish. Poems may be a combination of both languages. Topics of poems must focus on the Chicano/Latinx experience.
  • SHORT STORY - Write a single authored double spaced 1500 word maximum story written in English or Spanish. Story may combine both languages. Topic must focus on the Chicano/Latinx experience.

Application: 2022-23 Excellence in Chicano/Latino Studies Award Application

Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2023 by 5:00pm -  Deadline has been extended to Friday, May 5th, 5pm


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