Lionel Cantú Memorial Award

The Lionel Cantú Memorial Award celebrates the life and work of Lionel Cantú (1965-2002), former Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz.  Professor Cantú's scholarship bridged and advanced Latino sociology, immigration studies, transnational/cross-border studies, gender and sexuality studies, and the study of gay men and masculinity.  UCSC graduate students working in any of these areas are eligible to apply, although preference will go to those working in and linking more than one.  Recipients may use the award to pay for travel for research or to present work at a professional meeting; books, software packages, and supplies; and miscellaneous services, such as manuscript preparation, translation, transcription, and video documentation.  Since the award is co-administered by the CLRC and Departments of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies, recipients must acknowledge support from all three units in any publications, presentations, or grant proposals related to the sponsored research and should expect to share their findings in a public forum convened by the CLRC.  They must also submit a report at the end of the following fiscal year. 

The application consists of a cover page, 2-page CV, and 500-750-word statement in which the applicant shows how her/his/their scholarship builds upon, contributes to, and, ideally, links Latino sociology, immigration studies, transnational/cross-border studies, gender and sexuality studies, and/or the study of gay men and masculinity.  A brief letter of recommendation from a UCSC faculty member is also required.  Questions should be directed to clrc@ucsc.edu.

This competition is open to graduate students in good academic standing in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Divisions.  Applications are usually due in the Spring Quarter.

Lionel Cantú Memorial Award Recipients

  • 2015 -- Angie Bonilla, Literature
  • 2014 -- Ruben Espinoza, Sociology