Past Award Recipients

CRFS Student Awards


Every spring semester, the UA Center for Regional Food Studies (CRFS) offers up to 3 awards of $500 to any UA graduate or undergraduate student in support of food-related research or educational activities over the summer months. Funds can be used to cover tuition costs or other expenses related to the successful completion of planned academic work related to food.


If awarded funding, recipients are expected to:

  • File a 1-page summary describing how the funds helped to support your academic goals and/or research. 
  • Share a 15–20-minute oral presentation at a CRFS grad panel event in the semester following the award period.

Past awardees:

Summer 2021 Recipients

Julia Davies

Ziya Kaya


Summer 2020 Recipients

Blu Au

The Center for Regional Food Studies (CRFS) student award supported Blu Au's academic place-based research, specifically exploring how Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) community health outcomes are influenced by their relationships to cultural land practices- which can include- traditional foodways, traditional medicinal practices, cultural practices and spiritual practices.

During Summer 2020, Blu worked with the Dunbar Pavillion Community Garden on an earth-based educational project that focuses on reconnecting BIPOC communities to plant-based health and wellness practices, while recentering, revaluing and elevating the historical and cultural knowledge of BIPOC communities. The goal of this project is to empower BIPOC communities to reclaim agency over their own health and wellness in order to make more informed decisions about how they treat and advocate for treatment of themselves.


Mariana Manriquez

Mariana Manriquez, a doctoral student in Sociology conducted a historical analysis devoted to locating patterns of regulation and management of public markets in Mexico City; from the times of the Colony all up to the contemporary period. Throughout the months of June, July and August, Mariana complied historical monographs and newspaper articles as well as completed content analysis.  This analysis revealed the transitory notions of modernity crafted by the Mexican state. These notions guided different practical approaches to the spatial and economic management of public markets. the analysis revealed the historical perseverance of regional economic circuits, despite changing patterns in consumption and the entrance of supermarket conglomerates—positioning public markets as primordial centres for food distribution.  The research was completed thanks to the funding received from the CRFS Student Award.  Moving forward, Mariana will continue to make linkages between past governance strategies and unfolding approaches that emerge to further mitigate the economic and public health devastations that the COVID-19 pandemic presents to public markets, its vendors and consumers.


Sehdia Mansaray

The Center for Regional Food Studies Award has supported my goals to strengthen my applied research skills and broaden my professional network within the realm of food security. Through the scholarship, I was provided a more confident foothold to start off what had begun as a stressful summer, professionally and financially. With my connection to CRFS, I have a more solid platform on which to build upon my past experiences in agriculture and agroforestry whilst also promoting myself as a professional within the realm of food studies and security. The scholarship assisted me on a research project with Associate Research Scientist and Professor, Dr. Stephanie Buechler, focused on understanding the role community gardens have played in the food security of under or unemployed gardeners under COVID-19 conditions.