James L. Gibbs Jr. Award for Superior Academic Performance

 

Professor Gibbs chaired the African and African American Studies Founding Committee in 1968, was the Stanford’s first tenured African American professor, and served Stanford University’s community for thirty years, retiring in January of 1997.

The James L. Gibbs Jr. Award for Superior Academic Performance is given to a graduating senior in African and African American Studies who, through their exceptional academic performance, best exemplifies the scholarship and achievement of Professor James L. Gibbs, Jr.

Qualifications

  • Senior

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA minimum

  • Must be completing or have completed an Honors Thesis

  • Active in at least one student organization,

  • Declared AAAS major intending to graduate in spring.

Instructions

Students may submit 750 word self-nominations or faculty or staff may submit nominations for candidates. Students will be asked to also submit an unofficial transcript. Both can be sent to Nicole Brown, Associate Director of African & African American Studies in May. A review committee will select finalists and the James L. Gibbs Jr. Award for Superior Academic Performance will be presented at the AAAS Diploma & Awards ceremony.

Honorarium: $250

Trustee Leadership Award 

 

Inspired by V. Joy Simmons, M.D., Trustee at Stanford University (2003-08) an in honor of the leadership of African American Trustees at Stanford University.

Unrestricted to any field of study in arts, humanities, and sciences, the award will be given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated potential for great leadership. The award defines “leadership” broadly to include the ability to constructively challenge the status quo, to creatively invent new approaches to progressive social change, to collaborate with others to form innovative solutions to racial inequity and injustice.

Qualifications

  • Senior

Instructions

Students may submit 750 word self-nominations or faculty or staff may submit nominations for candidates. Both can be sent to Nicole Brown, Associate Director of African & African American Studies in May. Letters must include a detailed explanation of, and support for, how the student specifically meets the award criteria. A review committee will select finalists and the Trustee Leadership Award will be presented at the AAAS Diploma & Awards ceremony.

Honorarium: $250

The Shanta Annan Memorial Award 

 

Shanta Annan was an outstanding freshman, who prior to her passing in 2004 in her Freshman year, made a significant impact on the lives of students, faculty, and staff with whom she had connected.

The Shanta Annan Memorial Award is given for outstanding performance by a freshman in an African and African American Studies Course at Stanford University. This award honors her memory and talent. Affiliated AAAS faculty are asked to nominate students for this award, and freshmen are welcome to inform professors of this award.

Qualification

  • Freshman

  • Excelled in a primary or cognate for the Program in African & African American Studies.

 

Instructions

Students may submit a 750 word self-nomination or affiliated faculty are asked to send recommendations on behalf of an outstanding Frosh who has taken an AAAS course to Nicole Brown, Associate Director of African & African American Studies in May. Nominated students will be asked to submit an unofficial transcript. A review committee will select finalists and the Shanta Annan Memorial Award will be presented at will be presented at the Annual Black Community Services Center’s Academic and Community Awards Celebration in spring.

Honorarium: $250

The Academic Achievement & Service Award

 

The Academic Achievement and Service Award is given to students who combine academic achievement and service to the African and African American Studies Program at Stanford University.

“Service” is defined broadly and can include community work, intellectual support, creative, material, or scholarly forms of service to the Program in African & African American Studies.

No Special qualifications

Instructions

Students may submit a 750 word self-nominations or faculty or staff may submit nominations for candidates. Nominated students will be asked to also submit an unofficial transcript. Both can be sent to Nicole Brown, Associate Director of African & African American Studies in May. Letters must include a detailed explanation of, and support for, how the student specifically meets the award criteria. A review committee will select finalists and The Achievement & Service Award will be presented at the AAAS Diploma & Awards ceremony.

Honorarium: $250

The Kennell Jackson, Jr. Award

 

The Kennell Jackson Research Award is given to one undergraduate student for their outstanding research in areas related to the African Diaspora.

This recipient is invited to deliver a keynote talk at our spring Senior Presentations and receive a plaque and cash prize on or after commencement.

Qualifications

  • Senior completing an Honors Thesis project.

Instructions

Applicants must submit (a) an abstract of their completed project (fewer than 500 words, must include articulation of main argument, commentary, or conclusion being advanced), (b) one letter of reference from a faculty or secondary reader, and (c) an unofficial transcript. The abstract should be accompanied by a cover letter identifying the context and significance of the research as well as a brief description of the project's methodologies. References must include an explanation of how the student's project demonstrates research excellence. Completed applications and confidential references should be sent to Nicole Brown in May. Please also note that the required senior presentation workshop is mandatory for full Kennell Jackson Award consideration.

Honorarium: $750