The Jefferson Caffery Research Award, established in 1967 by Ambassador and Mrs. Jefferson Caffery, recognizes outstanding scholarly research using primary source materials held in the Special Collections areas of Edith Garland Dupré Library. The winner of this annual award receives $500. The award is sponsored by Edith Garland Dupré Library and the University Library Committee.
For requirements and submission information, view the Caffery Competition: Call for Student Research Projects Guide.
Call for Student Research Projects 2022
Deadline for submissions of projects: February 28, 2022
Winner will be announced: May 2022
2021 Award Winner
René Champagne has been named the winner of the 2021 Jefferson Caffery Research Award. His paper, “Cajuns, Creoles, and the Impact of Americanization on Ethnic Identity in Louisiana.” examines the evolution of race and ethnicity as a result of factors such as assimilation, and the resulting impact on cultural identity. The almost two dozen sources Champagne relied on for his award-winning paper range from the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development and The New York Times, to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Journal of Anthropological Research.
René is a senior double majoring in French and Francophone studies and in anthropology.
UL Lafayette Office of Communications and Marketing has written a story about René's award-winning paper.
Photo Caption: René Champagne is the winner of this year’s Jefferson Caffery Research Award. The prize’s namesake is at right.
Photo Credit: Photo at left courtesy of René Champagne. Photo at right is courtesy of Special Collections at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.