Center on Race and Social Problems

$500 Award for Best Student Papers on Race

Submission Deadline for 2017-2018: May 15th, 2018

The Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP), awards $500 to University of Pittsburgh students who write outstanding papers on contemporary race-related issues. Awards are given at each academic level: undergraduate, master’s, and PhD.

Master's thesis and dissertation chapters are not permitted.

In this university-wide competition, CRSP solicits papers in the following seven areas:

  • Economic disparity;
  • Education disparity;
  • Intergroup race relations;
  • Youth, families, and the elderly;
  • Mental health;
  • Criminal justice; and
  • Health.

CRSP Student Award Paper Criteria:

  1. The paper must have been submitted for a course (including independent study) during Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.
  2. The paper should be 10-25 pages including references; it must be double-spaced and use a 12 point font.
  3. The paper must include a right aligned header (with biographic information) and a footer (with centered page numbers).
  4. A student or faculty member can submit one student paper.
  5. Although faculty advising is permitted, the work presented in the paper must be the student's (or student team's) own work. The work presented in the paper must not have been previously published.
  6. Master’s thesis and dissertation chapters are not permitted.

Evaluation criteria and submission standards can be found here.

Past Student Award Winners

2016-2017

Devin Rutan, undergraduate in Urban Studies, whose paper Food Oases: A Case Study of East Liberty" was written as an independent study for Waverly Duck. Read Paper Here >>

Allison Hall, JD/MSW candidate in Law and Social Work, whose paper The Language of Osama Bin Laden: How Language is Used as a Proxy for Race in Discrimination Against Arabic Speakers in U.S. was written for Jasmine Gonzales Rose's Race & The Law seminar. Read Paper Here >>

Kess Ballentine, PhD candidate in Social Work, whose paper "A Theoretical Analysis of Differential Diagnosis of Oppositional Defiance Disorder and Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder by Race" was written for John Wallace's macro-theory course.Read Paper Here >>

2015-2016

Bhavini Patel, undergraduate in Sociology and Africana Studies, whose paper "Environmental Risk: A Case Study of the Hill District and Homewood-Brushton" was written for Waverly Duck's Ethnography of the Internet and Inequality course. Read paper here >>

Brittney Singletary, MSW candidate, whose paper "Psychosocial Mediators of Racial Disparities in Depression Risk Among Black Americans" was written as an Independent Study directed by Shaun Eack. Read paper here >>

Hector Ramirez-Cruz, PhD Candidate in Linguistics, whose paper "Creole, English, and Spanish: the Racialized Distribution of the Languages in a Multilingual Community" was written as Dissertation Research under Shelome Gooden. Read paper here >>

2014-2015

Ira Murray (Graduate Student Paper): Featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 9, 2016

Ira Murray has been chosen as the recipient for the 2015 Doctoral Student Paper Award from the Center on Race and Social Problems for his paper entitled “Not as Much as It Should Be”: How Community-Based Outside of School Time Programs Attend to Black Male Sociopolitical Development.” Mr. Murray is a K. Leroy Irvis Fellow in the School of Education.  His sponsor was Dr. Amber Pabon with the School of Education.  Read paper here >>

Megan Carson, Brian Maine, and Daniel Salmon (Undergraduate Student Paper) 

Megan Carson, Brian Maine, and Daniel Salmon have been chosen as the recipients for the 2015 Undergraduate Student Paper Award from the Center on Race and Social Problems for their paper entitled “N-1 Kinds of Freedom.” Their sponsors were Drs. Randall Walsh and Werner Troesken in the Department of Economics. Read paper here >>

 

2013-2014

Samantha M. Horton

Horton, a dual-degree undergraduate student in the Africana Studies and Religious Studies Departments, received the Undergraduate Student Paper Award for her paper, “Exploring the Pathological Label of Blacks.”  Her sponsor was Dr. Michael Tillotson.

Read paper here >>

2012-2013

S. Amanda Dumas

Dumas, a master's student in the School of Social Work, received the Master's student paper award for her paper "The Pediatrician's Contribution to Child Healthcare Disparities."  Her sponsor was Dr. Ralph Bangs.

Read paper here >>

Timothy Ohlsen

Ohlsen, a undergraduate student in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, recieved the undergarduate student paper award for his paper, "Lead Exposure in Larimer: Danger and Potential Presented by Redevelopment."  His sponsor was Dr. Waverly Duck.

Read paper here>

2011-2012

Martin Saavedra

Saavedra, a PhD student at Pitt studying economics, received the first place PhD award for his paper “Early Childhood Conditions and Life Expectancy: Evidence from Japanese American Internment.” His sponsor was Randall Walsh.

Read paper here>

Ervin Dyer

Dyer, a PhD student at Pitt studying sociology, received second place PhD award for his paper "Somali Bantu in Northview Heights: Social Isolation, Race and Social Capital."  His sponsor was Waverly Duck.

Read paper here>

Gabriella Jones Casey

Jones Casey, a master's student studying social work, received the master's student award for her paper "When Laws are not Enough: Race and Gender Inequality in Cuba."  Her sponsors were Larry E. Davis and Ralph Bangs.

Read paper here>

2010-2011

No Awards Given

2009–2010

Terri Friedline

Friedline, a doctoral student in School of Social Work, is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Student Paper award for her work entitled “Predicting Savings from Adolescence to Young Adulthood: Different Pathways for Blacks and Whites?” The paper was written for the course "Structural Equation Modeling PsyEd 3417" and she was sponsored by School of Social Work Assistant Professor William Elliott. 

2008–2009

No Award Given

2007–2008

Ann Sanders

Sanders, a joint-degree Social Work/Public and International Affairs master's student, was chosen for her paper, "Divided Labor: The Impact of Racial Job Segregation." The paper was written for the course "Race and Social Problems," and she was sponsored by CRSP Associate Director Ralph Bangs.

Allison Reinersmann

Reinersmann, a College of Arts and Sciences student, was chosen for her paper, "Immigration Policy: An Evaluation of the United States, France, and Germany." The paper was written for the course "Topics in International Relations: Transatlantic Security," and she was sponsored by Department of Political Science Teaching Fellow Kristen Flanagan.

2006–2007

For the first time in 2007, awards were given at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Hyunzee Jung

Jung, a doctoral student in School of Social Work, was chosen for her paper, "Stigma of Disadvantaged Socio-Economic Status and Its Effect on Life Satisfaction and Psychological Distress." She was sponsored by School of Social Work Associate Professor John Wallace.

Weilu Tan

Tan, a College of Arts and Sciences Junior triple-majoring in Political Science, Economics, and Japanese, was chosen for her paper, "Race, Immigration, and the Paris Riots of 2005." She was sponsored by Department of History Lecturer Anthony Novosel.

2005–2006

Deborah Conway

Conway, a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology in Education in the School of Education, was chosen for her paper, "Resilience in Low-Income African American Women Enrolled at a Community College." She was sponsored by School of Education Assistant Professor Eva Marie Shivers.

2004–2005

Jayashree Mohanty

Mohanty, a School of Social Work PhD candidate, was chosen for her paper, "Ethnic Identity and Self-Esteem among International Adoptees." Her sponsor was Dr. Gary Koeske, a professor also in the School.

2003–2004

Kyaien Conner

Conner, a master's student in 2003-2004 in the School of Social Work, was chosen for her paper, "ll It Takes Is a Drop: Racial Identity and Racial Pride Development in Biracial College Students." Conner was sponsored by Dr. Daniel Rosen, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work.

2002–2003

Two papers were chosen in the first year of the contest.

Sara Lichtenwalter

Lichtenwalter, a School of Social Work Ph.D. candidate in 2002-2003, was chosen for her paper, "Black Women and Transportation—Making the Connection: Cars, Cash, Clocks and Capital." She was sponsored by School of Social Work Professor Dr. Esther Sales.

Lindsey Smith

Smith, a Master's Degree student in the School of Social Work, was chosen for a $200 grant for her paper, "Environmental Justice: Environmental Racism in Urban Environments." Ms. Smith was sponsored by School of Social Work Assistant Professor, Dr. Daniel Rosen.