AARC-PACH Undergraduate Awards

By UCBerkeleyAAADS

The Asian American Research Center is partnering with the Pipeline for Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Community Health (PACH) Program to offer two undergraduate awards of $500 each in Spring 2022. The funding is made possible by a California Endowment Grant.

(1) Research Essay Award

We are interested in research-based essays that examine any aspect of Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) experience in relation to epidemics or pandemics, past or present. These essays can examine a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the effects of epidemics/pandemics on specific groups, community responses, the role of health practitioners, public health policies, and the racialization of disease. Community engagement is strongly encouraged but not required. Papers should be 12-15 pages long (and definitely not to exceed 4,000 words), double-spaced.

(2) Creative Project Award

We seek creative projects that explore the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on AANHPI communities. Projects can be personal narratives, poetry, visual arts, photography, podcasts, videos, etc.

All submissions, with author’s consent, are eligible to be included in the AAPI Community COVID Archival Project that is housed at UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Library.

Judging Criteria:

1) Relevance to the theme – connection, significance of the issue being discussed.

2) Originality – uniqueness, novelty, and authenticity of ideas.

3) Clarity – well-written, clear, persuasive.

4) Insights – a fresh way of looking at the topic, a critical view of the subject.


·      Undergraduate students enrolled at UC Berkeley.

·      UC Berkeley alumni within one year of graduation.

Submissions due on Monday, April 25, 2022.

Email to PACH@Berkeley.edu.