The AFAS Undergraduate Essay Prize of $500.00 honors the best essay on any subject related to culture and life of Africans or African-descended people anywhere in the Diaspora. The paper may have its intellectual origins in any disciplinary field in the humanities or social sciences, although it should be intelligible to any external reader. This competition is open to all Washington University undergraduate students. Papers should originate as a course assignment or faculty-supervised project in an AFAS core or cross-listed course or independent study. All submissions require a faculty nomination. Faculty members may nominate any number of papers they wish. The essay must be no fewer than five (5) and no more than fifteen (15) double-spaced pages, not including cover page and references, if included.