The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2) at Washington University in St. Louis is excited to announce a new opportunity for 9th- to 12th-grade students in the St. Louis area.

Best High School Papers in Race/Ethnicity

CRE2 will award three awards of $500 to St. Louis Area High School students. These awards are awarded annually to St. Louis metropolitan region high school students in grades 9-12 for
papers that demonstrate creativity and potential in how issues of race/ethnicity are thought about and understood using the following essay prompt.

Three awards of $500 will be awarded to St. Louis Area High School Students using the following essay prompt.

Essay Prompt
Please write an essay on why you believe the study of race and ethnicity is important and how studying race and ethnicity can benefit communities. Feel free to include examples from history (especially those based in the St. Louis region) and personal experiences to help support your argument.


Eligibility
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a St. Louis metropolitan region high school.

Submission Criteria

  • Submissions must respond to the essay prompt, and race/ethnicity must be a central
    theme.
  • Submissions must be 700–750 words in essay format (i.e., double-spaced, 12pt Arial
    font, 0.5-inch margins all around).
  • Submissions must demonstrate creativity and potential in their approaches to questions
    of race/ethnicity.
  • Papers must be the original work of the student.
  • Papers must include a reference list of any sources cited.
  • Submissions must include a completed cover sheet (in PDF below).

Submissions are accepted from January 1, 2022 through April 1, 2022. Student papers should be submitted via email to cre2@wustl.edu with the subject heading “2022 CRE2 High School Student Research Awards.” Students may submit papers directly or teachers may submit on the students’ behalf. Announcements will be made in May of 2022.