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CLACS Undergraduate Student Essay Contest

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) invites student submissions for its Third Annual Undergraduate Student Essay Contest. Participants should produce original essays that highlight study abroad experiences in Latin America or the Caribbean.

How to write your essay

Submissions must be about experiences (minimum duration of four weeks) that took place in Latin America or the Caribbean during 2016/17. Essays should be a well-written original work (in English, Spanish or Portuguese) that discusses the ways in which experiences in the region helped the author change perspectives on the peoples and cultures of the country (or countries) visited. Essays must be between 500-1000 words.

Permission notice

By submitting an entry, participants agree that essays can be published by CLACS on the web and/or in print.


Must be a current undergraduate student at Indiana University Bloomington.


  • 1st Prize: $200 and publication in the CLACS Enfoque newsletter
  • 2nd Prize: $100

Essays will be judged by CLACS faculty and staff. The winners of first prize and second prize will be announced on October 17th at the annual CLACS Undergraduate Open House.

How to Submit

Submit essays electronically to kcashman[at] by October 6th, 2017 by 5pm. Include the following information:

  • Name and email
  • Class year & major
  • Paper title
  • Country of study abroad and dates of time spent in country
  • Name of study abroad program
  • Photographs of experience welcomed

Contact the CLACS Academic Secretary at kcashman[at] with any questions about the contest.