Frederick A. Cervantes Student Premio

The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies announces its annual Frederick A. Cervantes Student Premio. NACCS seeks submissions from Undergraduate and Graduate scholars. Submissions must contribute to Chicana and Chicano Studies, an interdisciplinary area of study. Papers will be judged on: their contribution to the field of Chicana and Chicano Studies; strength of scholarship (e.g., how well researched and/or theoretically well-developed they are); and originality. Composition and style will also be considered. The Premio carries a monetary honorarium of $350.00, the opportunity to submit the paper for publication review in the NACCS proceedings, and the opportunity to present the paper at the annual meetings.

Participants must be enrolled at an institution of higher education and be members of NACCS. To join the association, complete a membership submission.

The first page must be a cover page with the title and student designation. Since this is a blind read your name should not appear in the following pages. Authors must follow appropriate writing manual guidelines, e.g. APA, MLA or Chicago Manual of Style. Papers must be fully referenced, typed, double-spaced and use a 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Manuscript must be in a MICROSOFT WORD FORMAT and must not exceed 25 pages.

Although we are asking for an electronic submission note that any submission received that does not meet the above specifications will be automatically disqualified. Submissions must be emailed by January 15. Papers that arrive after this date will not be considered. Attach your file and email to

Notification will be issued prior to the conference. Awards will be announced during the NACCS conference. We encourage students to seek faculty mentorship in preparing their papers. Please contact the chair if you have any questions at if you have any questions about the guidelines or how to seek mentorship in preparing your submissions.

This award is named for Frederick A. Cervantes, one of the first Chicano political scientists and a pioneer in the development of Chicano Studies. The award honors him for his scholarly work and for his commitment to students and student research.  Cervantes was a member of NACS [sic] in early years of the association. Cervantes received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1976. His dissertation was entitled "An interpretation of J.V. Stalin's political thought." Originally from Texas, Cervantes returned and held a faculty position in Corpus Christi at the University. On March 22, 1986, he was killed by a drunk driver in a motorcycle accident.


Past Recipients

2024: Rigoberto Gonzalez, Jr. University of Minnesota. Undergraduate. "DACA: Dream or Nightmare?"
2024: Alfonso Ayala III. San Jose State University. Graduate. "Queer Chicano identity Within the Rooms of 12-Step Recovery."

2022: Elizabeth Barahona.  Northwestern University - Graduate. "Frighting White Supremacy, Poor-Housing, and Over-Policing Black and Latino Coalition Bulding in Durham, North Carolina."

2021: Alejandro Pardo, University of California, Santa Barbara - Graduate.  "Tracking China-Chicanx Studies: A Historical and Contemporary Analysis of China and Chicans/Latinx Populations."

2020:  Alex Nuñez. University of Arizona - Graduate. “A Catcher's Mask: Vincent Nava, Baseball's Colorline, and Mexican American Racialization.
Yuridia L. Gutierrez. Kalamazoo College - Undergraduate. "Poetry as a Tool for Mobilization and the Transformation of Poetry into Poetics."

2019: Raul Melgoza, Jr. University of Colorado Boulder - Graduate. “Like the Monarch Butterfly: Mariposas, Migrantes, and Chicanx Comparative Critique.
Sarahi Gutierrez, Eastern Washington University -  Undergraduate. "Comparative Analysis of Chol@ Culture Appropiation Infiltrating subcultures in Asian Communities that are Predominately Anti-brown."

2018:  Santo F. Ramos, Michigan State University – Graduate. "Community-Making through Pedagogy, Relationality and Mexican Cooking."

2017: Sergio G. Barrera, University of Michigan - Graduate. "Hauntings in my Closet: A Constant Reminder of Aesthetic Queerness and Expected Internalized Masculinity."
Elizabeth Barahona, Duke University - Undergraduate. "Navigating Migration through its Physical and Psychological Barriers."

2016: Ruben Zecena, Washington State University - Undergraduate. "Learning Where to Listen: Examining Third Space Activism in Times of Neoliberism."
Esther Díaz Martín. University of Texas at Austin.Graduate. “Contestaciones: The Music Genre of Cyber-Hociconas.”

2015: Jonathan Cortez, University of Texas at Austin - Undergraduate.  “Occupying La Lomita: Claiming Chicana/o Space and Identity in Robstown, Texas."
José A. de la Garza Valenzuela
, Miami University - Graduate.  “Queer in a Legal Sense: The Ambiguous Sexual Citizen in Boutilier v. Immigration and Naturalization Service and Arturo Islas’ The Rain God.

2014: Gibrán Güido, University of California, San Diego - Graduate. "Navigating the Abyss: A Queer Semiotics of Love and Loss."
Uriel Lopez
, University of California, Berkeley - Undergraduate. "Preparing for the Teacher Workforce: 'Conociemiento' in Latino/a STEM Majors."

2013: Gabriela Monico. University of California, Berkeley - Undergraduate.“‘We have a voice, we have a story’: The DREAM Act Narrative and the Strujjle Against the Construction of the (Un)deserving Immigrant.”

2012: Griselda Guevara-Cruz. Whitman College - Undergraduate. "El Hombre Mexicano inmigrante atraves de las canciones de los Tigres del Norte."
Carmen Guzman-Martinez. University of Texas, San Antonio - Graduate. "Pedagogies of the Home: A Phenomenological Analysis of Race, Class, and Gender in Education."

2011: Arnold Farias, California State University, Northridge - Undergraduate. "Cuicapeuhcayotl (The Origin of Song): Revisting the 'Cantares Mexicanos'."
Israel Pastrana
, University of California, San Diego - Graduate. "Made to be Undocumented: Amnesty, Law Enforcement, and the Ambiguous Borderlands of the 1986 Imigration Reform and Control Act."

2010: Héctor Gutiérrez, University of California, Berkeley - Undergraduate. “Beyond the Binary: Constructing Notions of Legality in a Time of ‘Illegal’ Migration and Economic Recession in the Bay Area Day Labor Market.
Gabriel R. Valle, San José State University - Graduate.  "The Hidden Costs: A Case Study for Sustainable Development Studies”

2009: Belinda L. Rincon, Cornell University - Graduate. "The Semiotics of Military Recrutiment: Latinas/os and the Militarization of Family Rhetoric."
Guadalupe D. Manriquez, University of California - Undergraduate. "Subalternity in Corridos and Naroc-Corridos in Feminist Perspective."

2008: Alvaro Huerta, University of California, Berkeley - Graduate.
Joaquin Castañeda, California State University, Sacramento - Undergraduate.

2007: Roberto Hernandez, University of California, Berkeley - Graduate.

2006: Norma Cardenas, University of Texas at San Antonio - Graduate. “The Bitter Food of the Aztecs:  Food and Gender Colonialism during the Spanish Conquest.”
Miriam Solis, University of California, Berkeley - Undergraduate.“Islands in the City:  Maintaining Social Inequality through Annexation in Modesto, California.”

2005: Marie Sarita Gaytan, University of California, Santa Cruz - Graduate. "From Sombreros to Sincronziadea: Authenticity, Ethnicity, and Representation in the Mexican Restaurant Industy."
Arlene Carrasco, University of California, Irvine - Undergraduate. "Mental Health Perceptions and Help-Seeking Behaviors Amongst the Mexican-American Community.

2004: Ricardo Larios, Oregon State University – Undergraduate. "Ay dolor, ya me volviste a dar: Loss and Cultural Mourning among Mexican-orgin Immigrants to Oregon."
Ann Marie Leimer, University of Texas, Austin – Graduate. "Remembering the Body: Constructing Spiritual Genealogy, Collective Memory, and Lost Histories in Delilah Montoya's Codex Delilah."

2003: Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, Cornell University - Graduate. "Stripping The Body of Flesh and Memory: Reading Torture and Violence in Montserrat Fontes' Dreams of the Centaur."
Robert L Hernandez, III, University of Colorado at Boulder - Undergraduate. "A Window into a Life Uncloseted: Exploring U.S. Queer Latino Cultural Readership and Film Culture."

2002: José Angel Hernández, University of Chicago - Graduate.
Corina Vasaure, California State University, Chico - Undergraduate.

2001: Elizabeth de la Portilla, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - Graduate. "La Planta es la vida: Plants and curanderismo on San Antonio's Westside."
Yvette J. Saavedra, Pitzer College - Undergraduate. "Chicana Schism: The Relationship between Chicana Feminists and Chicana Feminist Leaders."

2000: Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, University of California, Berkeley - Graduate. "Gender, Sexuality, and Transnational Community Migrations: The ‘Local Third World’ and San Francisco’s Gay Latino Alliance."

1999: Maria Eugenia Cotera, Stanford University - Graduate.
Annabelle Rodriguez, California State University, Monterey Bay - Undergradaute.

1998: Raul Coronado, Jr., Stanford University - Graduate. "Selena's Good Buy: Texas Mexicans, History, and Selena Meet Transnational Capitalism."
Ernesto Martinez, Stanford University - Undergraduate. "Movement Towards Movement: Latina Lesbians and the Value of Alternative Social Locations."

1995: Susan Green, University of Minnesota - Graduate.
Raul Coronado, Jr., University of Texas, Austin - Undergraduate. "'What does that make me?': Towards a Cultural History of Queer Chicano Sexuality."

1993: Nancey K. Cardona, Indiana University - Graduate.
Cristina Pérez, University of California, Berkeley - Undergraduate.

1992:Aurora Santillan, University of California, Santa Barbara - Undergraduate. "Creating a Working Class Consciousness: Mexican Women of the Farah Strike, 1972-1974."
Anna Maria Martinez, University of California, Berkeley - Graduate. "Suspect but Not Silent: Law School Chicana Style."

1991: J. Javier Inda, University of California, Berkeley - Graduate.
Manuel Barajas, University of California, Davis - Undergraduate.

1990: Federico Reade, University of New Mexico - Graduate. "La voz del pueblo:  A narrative analysis of the 1967 Tierra Amarilla courthouse raid."
Gregory Garza, University of California, Los Angeles - Undergraduate.

1989: Martin Gonzalez, University of California, Santa Barbara - Graduate. "Language and Conflict in Califonria: The case of Fillmore, 1984-86."
Joel Mendias, Columbia University - Undergraduate.