Congratulations to our 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 in May through. 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.

See below the eligibility criteria:

  • Students should take careful note of the areas covered by each prize and submit their essays to the appropriate prize category. Essays submitted for the wrong prize will be disqualified from consideration.


  • The Barcia and Reeve prizes were established for essays on literature and/or culture. All papers submitted to the Reeve and Barcia prizes must be written in Spanish.


  • The prizes are awarded for essays written for courses in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at UCLA only. Essays written originally for other departments and/or institutions will not be considered.


  • Students may submit only one essay, total, for these prizes. Students may not submit essays in multiple categories or multiple essays to the same category.  Choose your very best work and submit it to the appropriate award category.

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

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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.

The Randal Johnson Essay Prize —Essay on Luso-Brazilian literature, film or culture

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Randal Johnson received his B.A. from the University of Texas, Arlington, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. He taught at Rutgers University from 1977 until 1983, and at the University of Florida from 1983 until 1994, when he joined the faculty of UCLA’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where he remained until his retirement in 2018. While at UCLA he served as Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (1996-2001, 2013-15), Director of the University of California’s Education Abroad Program in Brazil (2002-04), Director of the Latin American Institute (2005-10), and Interim Vice Provost for International Studies (2010-11). As Director of the Latin American Institute (previously called the Latin American Center), he transformed the Program on Brazil into the Center for Brazilian Studies and the Program on Mexico into the Center for Mexican Studies, and he created what is now called the Center for Southern Cone Studies. As Director of EAP-Brazil, he established a new language and culture program in Salvador, Bahia, where he also created the department’s Summer Travel Study Program in Brazil (2000-2016). He is also responsible for establishing, in collaboration with the Brazilian Consulate-General in Los Angeles, the Brazilian Film Series (2007-present). His scholarly interests have focused primarily on twentieth-century Brazilian literature and Portuguese and Brazilian cinema, with a special focus on government film policy and the contemporary audiovisual industry in Brazil. He is the recipient of many grants and honors, including the Brazilian Order of the Southern Cross. Professor Johnson has written, co-authored or co-edited 12 volumes and has published more than 65 essays, articles, and reviews on different aspects of Luso-Brazilian culture.

The Claudia Parodi Essay Prize — Essay in Spanish Linguistics

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