Besides contributing to the field of Chicano history, Professor Meier was a strong supporter of and contributor to the Ethnic Studies Program. He developed and taught for many years the first Chicano history course ever given in the United States. He co-organized the Institute on Chicano History and Culture at Santa Clara - another first. He served on the Ethnic Studies Advisory Board for many years and mentored many faculty.
The Matt Meier Award is open to students of all majors, particularly seniors minoring/majoring in Ethnic Studies and Liberal Studies with an Ethnic Studies concentration. The Matt Meier Award is given annually to the student who writes an oustanding research paper or essay dealing with race and ethnicity.
- 2013 Julia Harrison-Capstone Paper (Environmental Studies major), Jordan Jue-Course Paper (History major)
- 2012 Jessica E. Gonzalez-Capstone Paper (Sociology major), Adriana E. Hernandez-Capstone Paper (Political Science major), Jonathan Tong-Course Paper (History major)
- 2011 Isabel Durón-Capstone Paper (Political Science & Ethnic Studies double major), Paul Chianese-Capstone Paper (History major), Jacqueline Lynch-Course Paper (Political Science major)
- 2010 Gustavo Magaña, Jr.-Capstone Paper (Political Science major), Lindsay L. Mohundro-Course Paper (English major)
- 2009 Mariana Barba-Capstone Paper (Sociology major), Ashley Butts-Course Paper (Sociology & English double major)
- 2008 Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves (Sociology major)
- 2007 Cynthia Sanchez (English major) and Mandela Gardner (Communication & Spanish Studies double major)
- 2006 Michelle Rodriguez (Sociology & Ethnic Studies double major)
- 2005 Amparo Cid (Political Science & Ethnic Studies double major)
- 2004 Manuel Perez (Communications major)
- 2003 Sylvia Anguiano (Sociology major) and Loribelle Valdez (Political Science major)
- 2002 None
- 2001 Christina Morales (Sociology major) and Rosario Lopez (History major)
- 2000 None
- 1999 Alicia Gallegos (Political Science major)
Read a Tribute to Dr. Meier by Dr. Francisco Jiménez...