CRE2 brings the research force of Washington University to study how race and ethnicity are integral to the most complex and challenging issues of our time. We believe in field-defining research, innovative learning, and strategic engagement that will transform scholarship, policy, and clinical interventions where race and ethnicity are at the center. We also believe that innovative scholarship comes from not only our brilliant faculty, but also our undergraduate and graduate scholars. Therefore, we created the CRE2 Student Research Awards to recognize the excellent and cutting-edge scholarship of our undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate Research Award for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity

CRE2 will fund five undergraduate research awards at $500 each to support student-initiated, faculty-mentored independent scholarly research or creative endeavors.

Any Washington University junior or senior working towards a thesis, capstone, or culminating project can apply for the Undergraduate Research Award. The research and/or creative endeavor must engage with questions of race, ethnicity, and/or equity. A major advisor (or both prime & secondary advisors for double majors) must complete an endorsement form. A letter of nomination must be submitted from a Washington University faculty member in the field of proposed research who has agreed to oversee the research project. The endorsement form and letter of nomination must be submitted to by December 10, 2021.

To learn more about the Undergraduate Research Award, eligibility, obligations, and how to apply, click the button below.

Award for Best Undergraduate Research Paper Engaging St. Louis

This award is awarded annually to a Washington University undergraduate in any academic field, for excellence in research that takes the city or region of St. Louis as its primary subject of inquiry, with an emphasis on race and/or ethnicity. The winner receives an award of $500 for their work.

2020-2021 Awardee

Adam Teich, “Lucinda Patterson: Housing Black Education”

Award for Best Graduate Research Paper in Race/Ethnicity

This award is awarded annually to a Washington University graduate/professional student in any academic field, for a research paper that adds significantly to understandings of issues of race and/or ethnicity. The award recognizes graduate research that demonstrates exceptional innovation in methodology, archives, and/or new vocabularies and grammars. The winner receives an award of $500 for their work.

2020-2021 Awardee

Mackenzie Lemieux, Sneha Chaturvedi, and Elizabeth Juarez Diaz, “The time is now: Student‐driven implementation of social justice and anti‐racism focused curricula in medical scientist training program education”