Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

The Stone Center holds an awards ceremony each Spring to honor excellence in academia among its graduate students and among Latin Americanist scholarship. The following awards are presented on an annual basis:

  • The Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic
  • The Richard E. Greenleaf Award for the best social science paper written by a student in the Latin American Studies interdisciplinary graduate program.
  • The Donald Robertson Award for the best paper in the humanities by a student in the Latin American Studies interdisciplinary graduate program.
  • The William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies
  • LAGO Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award

Prize guidelines for best paper awards include:

  • Only graduate students in the Latin American Studies MA or Ph.D. programs qualify for the Richard E. Greenleaf and Donald Robertson Awards.
  • Any papers written as part of a semester course requirement on a Latin American topic during the calendar year (Jan-Dec) qualify for competition.
  • The deadline for submission of qualifying papers to the Center for Latin American Studies is mid-late March of the award year. Qualifying papers must be nominated by a sponsoring faculty member. A sponsoring faculty member must write a letter of support for the paper explaining its value to scholarship within the field of study. Students are encouraged to discuss their work with faculty and its appropriateness for these prizes. Students unable to secure a nominating letter should contact the awards committee via the Stone Center’s Graduate Advisor.
  • The nomination letter from the sponsoring faculty member must accompany the paper at the time of submission.

A full listing of all Stone Center Academic Awards, including links to most of the prize winning papers, can be accessed on our Stone Center Awards and Prizes Webpage

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Final Push Fridays: Graduate Research & Writing Support

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Every Friday from 10am-12pm CDT, The Latin American Library and Stone Center are co-hosting a virtual work-along for Latin Americanist graduate students to support each other in their research and writing goals. The Zoom meeting has two break-out options: participants may choose to troubleshoot research and methodological questions with an LAL librarian and/or work towards their writing objectives alongside a community of their peers. We hope you will join us when you can!

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164.