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Shapiro Awards


Ted Shapiro
Ted "Teddy" Shapiro

The Shapiro Award honors the memory of Ted Shapiro A82, an American Studies major who died in a drowning accident a year after graduating. His parents established the award to allow American Studies majors to pursue academic research during the summer after their sophomore or junior year. Through the continued generosity of the Shapiro Family, the award is now available to students who major in one of the six tracks within the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. The award supports the critical study of social power and social differentiation, methods of informed community engagement, and the practice of ethical social action. Awards are often used for exploratory work that may form the basis of the student's Senior Special Project or Honors Thesis, but this is not required. This flagship award of the RCD Department recognizes efforts that balance scholarly research with civil discourse, and that critically explore topics from juxtaposed and contrasting perspectives.

Students can only receive the award once, and six awards are granted each year. The process for deciding on the recipients is competitive and requires the submission of a two page proposal, an official student transcript, and a one page description of how the project engages with the themes of race, colonialism, and diaspora studies. Proposals must meet the purpose of the Shapiro award and contain a well-written statement of the project. Your proposal should explain what you propose to do, when your project will be completed, what it will cost, and what outcome will result from the award. Award recipients are required to present their findings at the Shapiro Award Luncheon during the fall semester, and again at the Shapiro Award Ceremony in the spring term.

Sadly, Ted's father, Aaron Shapiro, passed away in 2011. We thoroughly enjoyed his annual visits to Tufts with his wife Elaine to personally present the Shapiro awards. Our students have greatly appreciated the generosity of the Shapiro family over the years. Mr. Shapiro was a caring and generous man and he will truly be missed.

Donations to the Ted Shapiro Memorial Fund in the name of Aaron Shapiro can be sent to:

Tufts University
American Studies
Fung House, 2nd Floor
48 Professors Row
Medford, MA 02155
Attn: Kerri Greenidge

Checks should be payable to "The Ted Shapiro Memorial Fund."

Please call Kerri Greenidge at 617.627.6616 or email her if you have any questions.