Available Awards

Congratulations to our Undergraduate Award Winners 2017-2018 

Richard Reeve Essay Prize:

Yesenia Hernández, “La pareja Paz-Garro Vs. Testimonios sobre Mariana” (van Delden/Spanish 191C)

José Rubia Barcia Essay Prize:

Yessica Salcido, “Chapines contra las espadas” (Fuchs/Spanish 135)

Carroll Johnson Outstanding Senior Award:

Karen Chavez Valle


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese’s annual Spring Essay Prizes in the amount of $250 are presented to undergraduate students with a declared major or minor in one of our programs. Prizes are awarded for the best academic papers written initially for an upper-division course taken in the previous Spring, Winter, or Fall quarters. Papers submitted for consideration should be between 8 and 15 pages in length and are due May 11th through submission form below. The recipients are selected by a faculty committee and announced at the end of the Spring Quarter at a special end-of-year department reception.


Richard Reeve Essay Prize— Essay on Spanish American literature or culture

Professor Richard Reeve (1935-1992) received his BA from the University of Utah and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He taught at Ohio State University from 1966 until 1968, when he joined the faculty of UCLA’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where he remained until the end of his life. His scholarly interests focused primarily on twentieth-century Spanish American literature, with a special focus on contemporary Mexican writers. He published numerous articles on Mexican literature, and he was the co-editor, with Professor Gerardo Luzuriaga, of Los clásicos del teatro hispanoamericano.

José Rubia Barcia Essay Prize— Essay on Spanish Literature

José Rubia Barcia (1914-1997) was a distinguished professor of 20th century Spanish literature who also served as the chair of UCLA’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He was born in El Ferrol (Galicia), where a cultural center dedicated to him now houses his library and a collection of his papers. He studied Arabic and Hispano-Arabic literature at the University of Granada. After completing his degree he held important positions in the Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War and as a consequence he went into exile, first to France and then to Cuba and then to the United States. Here he worked in Hollywood with the Spanish film director Luis Buñuel. Barcia published a great number of books and articles on Valle Inclán, Unamuno, Federico García Lorca and other writers of the 20th century. He was also an author of political essays. His translation of César Vallejo’s poetry, done in collaboration with Clayton Eshleman, received the “National Book Award” in 1979.

Carroll B. Johnson Outstanding Senior Award— Special Distinction
Professor Carroll B. Johnson (1938-2007) received his B.A. in Spanish from UCLA in 1960 and his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University in 1966. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1964 as an acting assistant professor. He became a full professor in 1976 and continued teaching until his death. A Los Angeles native who spent his entire academic career at UCLA, Carroll was president of the Cervantes Society of America from 1997 to 2000, editor of the scholarly journal Cervantes, and Chair of the UCLA Spanish department for an unprecedented 13 years in three separate tenures. He was an influential expert on the Spanish Golden Age known for insightful and groundbreaking research, particularly in his 1983 book Madness and Lust: A Psychoanalytical Approach to Don Quixote. He later wrote from a socioeconomic perspective in Cervantes and the Material World. Professor Johnson also excelled in the classroom, and his students praised his unfailingly generous support of their research and the demanding academic standards he set for both them and himself. He set the benchmark for academic excellence, service to the profession, university service, teaching, and collegiality.