Established 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 Chicano/Latino communities. The prize, made possible through support from the family of Professor Garcilazo and other donors to the Jeff Garcilazo Scholarship Fund, is awarded annually to undergraduate student author(s) of the best research paper(s) in Chicano/Latino studies. Students must be eligible for UCI cash awards and be enrolled at UCI in the Spring 2012 quarter in order to receive the cash prizes.

Award Amount: $500 (first place), $300 (second place) and $100 (third place)


Students are encouraged to self-nominate their work by sending an electronic copy of the paper they wish to have evaluated with an email indicating the class for which the paper was originally submitted to Louis DeSipio, Chair of the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies ( The submitted version of the paper does not have to be the version submitted to the class and can reflect additional work by the student after the end of the class. Each student may only nominate one paper.

Past Recipients

2014: Mayra Navarro (1st place), Andrew Pham (2nd place) and Arely L. Acuna Avilez (3rd place)

2013: Jesus Camacho

2012: Briana Jex (1st place), Anacany Torres (2nd place) and Sonia Martinez (3rd place)

2011: Dana Lin (1st place), Heyzel F. Chevez (2nd place) and Joselyn J. Ayala (3rd place)

2010: Edgar Gamino (1st place), Victoria Ramirez (2nd place), Oscar Rojas Perez (3rd place)


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