Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies

The Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies was established to honor longtime Associate Director of the UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, Dr. Rita Ross and to support undergraduate students pursuing a research topic related to Canada in a UC Berkeley class or independent study project. The prize is awarded annually to the student who has written the best undergraduate research paper or produced the best original project that engages with topics, people or events related to Canada. Decisions about awards are made by the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies in consultation with other faculty affiliated with the Canadian Studies program. See below for the application process.

Eligibility: The prize competition is open to any UC Berkeley undergraduate student in good academic standing, in any college or discipline.

The Prize is awarded at the end of the Spring semester. The recipient receives a certificate and an award of $250.

Deadline: May 1, 2018


Application for 2017-2018

The Canadian Studies Program invites applications from undergraduate students in good standing at UC Berkeley for the Rita Ross Undergraduate Prize in Canadian Studies. Applicants should email the following to the Canadian Studies Program Canada@Berkeley.edu - with “Ross Prize” in the subject heading.

    • A copy of an original paper or project produced in a UC Berkeley class or independent study during the 2017-2018 Academic Year.
    • A cover letter providing information about the class for which the work was produced, including course name, number, and instructor's name, and how the work relates to Canada.
    • A letter of support by the course instructor or faculty mentor highlighting the strengths of the work.



Past Winners


  • Kate Irwin, 2016
  • Evan Walsh, 2017