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CERLAC issues nomination call for 2010 Michael Baptista Essay Prizes

CERLAC issues nomination call for 2010 Michael Baptista Essay Prizes

The Michael Baptista Essay Prizes offer an opportunity for York University faculty to recognize outstanding student work at the undergraduate or graduate level in the area of Latin American and Caribbean studies. The annual competition recognizes outstanding scholarly essays of relevance to the area of Latin American and Caribbean studies from a humanities, social science, business or legal perspective.

The deadline for nominations for the 2010 Michael Baptista Essay Prize competition is Aug. 29. Nominations are limited to York students only. Winners receive $500 and essays selected to receive the prize will be considered for publication by the Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York.

The essays may be from a full- or half-course during the 2009-2010 academic year or a summer 2009 course. Major research papers at the graduate level may also be nominated. Submissions should be no longer than 35 pages, including all references, tables, figures and notes. Deadline extensions are available in instances where significant rewriting is required to shorten the work to within that limit.

The papers submitted will be reviewed by two to three faculty readers with research interests in Latin America and the Caribbean. Both the prize winners and the nominating faculty members will be advised of the decision by the end of October 2010.

To make a nomination, request a nomination form by sending an e-mail to The nominated paper and accompanying form should be submitted to CERLAC, 8th Floor, York Research Tower, no later than Aug. 29. Also send an electronic copy of the paper by e-mail to

Only faculty members can nominate a paper. Students cannot be self-nominated. Students who have received outstanding grades on their papers should bring the existence of this prize to the attention of their instructors, so that they might nominate the paper if they so choose.

The prizes are funded by the friends of Michael Baptista and the Royal Bank of Canada, where he was a senior vice-president until his untimely death.

For more information, contact the CERLAC office at 416-736-5237 or e-mail

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