Adolfo Snaidas Memorial

The Adolfo Snaidas Essay Prize

In recognition of the late Professor Adolfo Snaidas, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers, New Brunswick, announces the institution of the Adolfo Snaidas Essay Prize. This dedication marks the loss of one of our finest scholars and teachers.

A Rutgers professor for 40 years, Professor Snaidas was the Undergraduate Director at the Spanish and Portuguese Department until his passing in 2007. Yet despite his unexpected passing, both Rutgers and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will continue to benefit from Professor Snaidas' abundant talents as a teacher, mentor, colleague and friend.

A prize consisting of a cash award conferred annually at the end of the spring semester for the best essay written by a graduate student.

For more information on the ASEP, please contact the Department of the Spanish and Portuguese.


The ASEP has been made possible by generous donations to the Adolfo Snaidas Memorial Fund.

Adolfo Snaidas Essay Prize Winner

The 2013 Adolfo Snaidas Essay Winner is Crystal Marull.

  ¡Felicidades Crystal!

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Adolfo Snaidas Essay Prize. The winning essay is: "Syntactic Position Constrains Cross-linguistic Activation" written by Crystal Marull.

The prize celebrates Professor Snaidas's life, enormous contribution to Rutgers University, and his exemplary commitment to students and colleagues. Today marks the sixty-fourth anniversary of Professor Snaidas's arrival in the United States.

The prize committee thanks all who submitted essays, and encourages submissions for next year's prize (August 2014).

Adolfo Snaidas Essay Contribution

If you are interested in contributing to the Adolfo Snaidas Essay Prize, please make checks payable to Rutgers University Foundation, with “Adolfo Snaidas Student Essay Prize” marked on the memo line.  Please mail checks to:

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
105 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ  08901-1414

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Memories of Adolfo Snaidas

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