The Frederick Douglass Institute hosts an Undergraduate Conference at the end of the year which features the best papers nominated by instructors who teach African and African American studies (AAS) courses. In addition to papers nominated by instructors, papers from outstanding students are invited. The Conference will take place on May 3, 2017 in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rheese Library.
Each year, the Frederick Douglass Prize is awarded to the best paper recommended by an instructor. The Frederick Douglass Prize is a college-wide contest to select the best undergraduate research paper in the broad area of African and African American studies. To encourage undergraduate research in African and African American studies, the institute offers a $500 prize for the best research paper in AAS.