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Frederick Luis Aldama Excellence Endowment Awards 2023

“The Frederick Luis Aldama Excellence Endowment” provides 2 awards every spring for the best essay submitted by an undergraduate and graduate student on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion as represented in popular culture 


  • Submit only one essay for consideration 
  • Submission should be the original essay graded for a class offered in or cross listed with the Department of English at UT, Austin 
  • Essays will be evaluated by UT faculty (graduate essay award) and UT PhD students (undergraduate essay award)
  • Awards will be announced at the Latinx Pop Lab’s annual BIPOC Pop Expo & Symposium March 9-11, 2023 


Submit your essays here: 

Deadline: February 20, 2023 


Past Awardees 

Odalis Garcia Gorra 

Best Graduate Student Essay Award in DEI & Pop Culture 2022 

“The Unreadability of Los Espookys” 


Jasmine Mitchell 

Best Undergraduate Student Essay Award in DEI & Pop Culture 2022

“A Journey Passionately Painted on The Page” 


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