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Women's & Gender Studies Graduate Student Awards


Women's and Gender Studies Dissertation Fellowship
Women's and Gender Studies MA Thesis Award
Lora Romero Memorial Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Race, Ethnicity and Gender (2019)
List of Previous CWGS Student Award Recipients

Women's and Gender Studies Dissertation Fellowship
This fellowship is for doctoral students writing dissertations on topics related to Women’s and Gender studies. Ph.D. students who are enrolled in the WGS Portfolio Program are eligible. A fellowship will be presented at the CWGS Spring Awards Reception.

Eligibility
To be eligible, an applicant must be in doctoral candidacy by Fall 2018, and register as a WGS Portfolio student by March 15, 2019Information on the WGS Portfolio Program is available online. Applicants must be full-time UT Austin graduate students in good standing.  (The intention of these dates is: We are looking for applicants who are in currently in doctoral candidacy, and in the WGS Portfolio by the time the award application is open.)

Selection Criteria
Preference will be given to those completing their dissertation by August 2020. Applications will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  1. Letter of recommendation from dissertation chair;
  2. Contributions of the project to the field of Women's and Gender Studies;
  3. Soundness of research design;
  4. Ability of the student to complete the project as a dissertation; and
  5. Quality of the proposal.

Students interested in applying must complete an online application and submit 1 letter of recommendation* from the dissertation chair emphasizing why this dissertation topic is relevant to Women’s & Gender Studies, your ability to carry out the project, and the faculty member's working relationship with you on the project. The letter will be submitted via the online application. The online application system is limited in the description used for letters of recommendation. Therefore, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their references know what to include in their letter regarding the dissertation fellowship.

WGS Dissertation Fellowship Application link to: 
https://utdirect.utexas.edu/scholarship/student/menu.WBX?s_scholarship_owner=LWGS&s_user_role=S
Deadline: Date April 1, 2019 at 11:59pm. Questions? Please contact the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies office at (512) 471-5765.
Recommendation letters will be accepted through Date: April 15, 2019.

*Note: The online Liberal Arts Scholarship Administration System was designed to allow one upload/per faculty member/per semester. This may be problematic if you are applying to more than one award. Different awards ask for different types of letters, therefore CWGS will accept email submissions of letters of recommendation under the following terms: 1. Students are responsible for contacting faculty and instructing them to email recommendations to ajsalcedo@austin.utexas.edu 2. Email message subject line should read: "[name of award] letter, [last name of student]" 3. If applicable, file name of recommendation letter should also contain the award's name and the student's last name. 4. Students are responsible for contacting faculty and following up to confirm that letters have been submitted by the deadline.

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Women's and Gender Studies MA Thesis Award
This award is given annually to deserving  students based on the student’s thesis and its contribution to the field of Women’s and Gender Studies. The award will be presented at the CWGS annual spring awards reception.

Eligibility
To be eligible, an applicant must be enrolled in the WGS MA or a WGS Dual Master's program, or have graduated from these programs within the last calendar year. Applicants must be full-time UT Austin graduate students in good standing.

Selection Criteria
Preference will be given to those graduating in Spring 2019. Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  1. Letters of recommendation;
  2. Contributions of the project to the field of Women’s and Gender Studies;
  3. Soundness of project design;
  4. Quality of the abstract; and
  5. Thesis Excerpt(s): 10-15 pages.

Students interested in applying must complete an online application and submit 2 letters of recommendation* from faculty members. One letter should be written by your thesis adviser emphasizing why your thesis topic is relevant to Women’s and Gender Studies, your ability to carry out the project, and their working relationship with you on the project. The letters will be submitted via the online application.  The online application system is limited in the description used for letters of recommendation. Therefore, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their references know what to include in their letters regarding the WGS MA thesis award.

*Note: The online Liberal Arts Scholarship Administration System was designed to allow one upload/per faculty member/per semester. This may be problematic if you are applying to more than one award. Different awards ask for different types of letters, therefore CWGS will accept email submissions of letters of recommendation under the following terms: 1. Students are responsible for contacting faculty and instructing them to email recommendations to ajsalcedo@austin.utexas.edu 2. Email message subject line should read: "[name of award] letter, [last name of student]" 3. If applicable, file name of recommendation letter should also contain the award's name and the student's last name. 4. Students are responsible for contacting faculty and following up to confirm that letters have been submitted by the deadline.

Deadline: Date April 1, 2019 at 11:59pm. Questions? Please contact the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies office at (512) 471-5765.
Apply Early!! Recommendation letters will be accepted through Date April 15, 2019.
WGS MA Thesis Award Application link to:
https://utdirect.utexas.edu/scholarship/student/menu.WBX?s_scholarship_owner=LWGS&s_user_role=S

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Lora Romero Memorial Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Race, Ethnicity and Gender (2019)

This scholarship, co-sponsored by the Department of English, is an annual award created in memory of former UT Austin colleague, Lora Romero. The award alternates between undergraduate and graduate student recipients. The 2019 award will be given to a graduate student. The award recognizes students who are investigating the intersections between race, ethnicity and gender. The award will be presented at the CWGS annual spring awards reception.

Eligibility
To be eligible, an applicant must be a full-time UT Austin graduate student in good standing. Students must be enrolled in the WGS graduate MA degree or a dual WGS MA degree program, or be registered as a WGS Portfolio before applying. Information about the WGS Portfolio Program is available online.

Students interested in applying must complete an online application. The research paper*, including sources/references/bibliography page, should be submitted as a PDF file (the file name should be "[YourLastName]-[CurrentYear]Romero.pdf") Submit the paper via email (message subject must read: Romero PDF, [Your UT EID]). Email to the CWGS Academic Coordinator. Only original, single-author works will be considered. Papers should be typed and double-space, unless submitting a published article.

*Submit a scholarly research paper on a topic that contributes to increased understanding of the intersections between race, ethnicity and gender.  (Include footnotes, sources and/or bibliography). 

Deadline: Date April 1, 2019 at 11:59pm. Questions? Please contact the Center for Women's & Gender Studies office at 512-471-5765.
Romero Award Application link to: 
https://utdirect.utexas.edu/scholarship/student/menu.WBX?s_scholarship_owner=LWGS&s_user_role=S

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List of Previous CWGS Student Award Recipients
The Lora Romero Memorial Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Race, Ethnicity and
Gender
 
2017-2018    Zaria El-Fil: Sexual Exploitation and Resistance of Enslaved Women”
2016-2017   William Mosley: Can the ATLien Speak? Gender, Race, and Politics of Performance in Contemporary Hip Hop
2014-2015    Alfred Martin, PhD Student, Radio-Television-Film:  Scripting Black Gayness: Television
Authorship in Black-Cast Sitcoms
2013-2014    Oluwakanyinsola ("Kanyinsola") Oluwademilade  Obayan: State Violence, Radical Protest and the black/African Female Body
2012-2013    Brandon Robinson, PhD Student, Sociology: 'The Beauty of Online Dating’: Quotidian
Practices of Sexual Racism on a Gay Dating Site
2011-2012    Wanjira Wurimi: The Construction of "Disposable" in the Disposable Woma
2010-2011    Ganiva Reyes: "It's not because I wanted it...I knew I wasn't ready": Young Mothering Teens in the Borderlands Speak Out About the Pressures of Sex, Love and Relationships
2009-2010    Harmony Eichsteadt: The (re)Production of Slaves: Why Our Economy Depends on the Incarceration of Pregnant Black Women
2008-2009    Jennifer Karas Montez: Race and Ethnic Differences in Health Insurance Coverage Among
Women: The Intersecting Roles of Employment, Marriage and Motherhood
2008-2009    Anna Stewart Kerr: Revising “Harriet Jacobs"
2006-2007    Nicki Alam: The Impact of International Justice Mechanism on Ethnic Conflict in Northern
Uganda
2006-2007    Reena Patel: Working the Night Shift: Gender and the Global Economy
2005-2006    Scottie Buehler: Contraception and Identity Construction: Family Planning Policy in Egypt
2002-2003    Yolanda Escobar-Rodriguez:  Race, Resistance, and Urban Politics from a Cinema
Perspective
2001-2002    Geeti Mahajan: Iran 2001
2000-2001    Jen'nan Ghazal Read: Coming to America: Ethnicity, Culture, and Labor Force Participation among Arab-American Women
1999-2000    Daniela Bwyer
 
The Ellen Clarke Temple Graduate Award for the Study of Women in History
(This award is retired. In 2017, the Temple Award moved from CWGS to the Department of History.)
2015-2016    Sierra Salazar: Storefront Speculations: Examining the Specter of Community Healing Spaces
2013-2014    Lady Anima Adjepong: Imagined lives in diaspora: Gender, race, and sexuality in the lives of black African women immigrants to the United States
2012-2013    Chyna Bowen: From Slave to Convict: Criminalized Women of the Antebellum South
2011-2012    Lizeth Elizondo: 'Til Death Do Us Part?: Cohabitation and Broken Betrothals in the
Northern Spanish Colonial Borderlands 1680-1778
2010-2011    Valerie Martinez: World War II Texas Latina Servicewomen: Racializing and Gendering
International Politics
2010-2011    Rebecca McEntee: Graphic vs Non-Graphic War Photography, and Women's Input
2009-2010    Angela Howard Frederick: Rethinking the Confidence Gap: Race, Community Activism, and Womens Paths to Public Office
2009-2010    Jennifer Lynn Kelly: 19th Century Race and Reproduction: James Rowan Percy’s 1857-1859 Obstetrical Case Record Book
2008-2009    Leah Deane: Sex and Radical Pollitics: The Politicalization of Sex and Sexuality in the New
Left in Berkeley and Austin
2008-2009    Amanda Moulder: Lock Up Your Daughters: Gender and Literacy in Cherokee Territory at the Brainerd Mission School, 1817-1838
2007-2008    Caroline Hopkins Wigginton: Intimate Words: Women’s Writing and Community in
Eighteenth-Century  America
2007-2008     John F. Cline: Theoretical Girls: The Origins of Third Wave Feminism in the Post-Punk
Lower East Side
2007-2008    Gretchen Elizabeth Voter: Historical Memory as Political Activism: The Foundation for
Women's Resources and the Legacy of Second Wave Feminism in Texas
2006-2007    Meredith Bagley: Protecting Purity: Gender, Amateurism, and Competitive Women's Sports at UT Austin
2006-2007    Brenda Sendejo: Locating Feminista Spiritualities: Chicana Activist and Spiritual Formation in Texas
2006-2007    Jennifer Eckel: Community and Communitarianism:  Texas, Utopia, and the Woman's
Commonwealth
2005-2006    Lilia Roquel D. Rosas: (De)sexing Prostitution: Race, Politics, and the Reform of Sex Work in Progressive San Antonio, 1889-1920
2002-2003    Kelley M. Reidt: The Texas Cyclone: Anna J.H. Pennybacker
2001-2002    Jennifer Rose Najera: Texas Mexican Women in the Desegregation of the South Texas
 
WGS Graduate Student Dissertation Awards
 
2017-2018    Delynn Parker: Trails of Tears and Freedom: Slavery, Migration, and Emancipation in the Indian Territory Borderlands, 1830-1907
2016-2017    Brandon Andrew Robinson: OUTcasts: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in the Urban South
2015-2016    Amina Riad Zarrugh: Only God Knows: The Emergence of a Family Movement Against State Violence in Libya
2014-2015   Caitlyn Collins: Work-Family Policies and Working Mothers: A Comparative Study of
Germany, Sweden, Italy and the United States
2014-2015   Sarah Nicholus: The Production of Queer Space in the Festas Juninas of Northeastern Brazil
2013-2014    Kristine M. Kilanski: Gender and Work in an Economic Boom
2012-2013    Zazil Elena Reyes Garcia: Women politicians in political cartoons: A comparative analysis between Mexico and the United States
2011-2012    Lynn Selby: The Collective Dimensions of the Ethic of Care: Women's Political Subject- Making in Martissant, Haiti
2010-2011    Courtney Morris: To Defend This Sunrise: Afro-Nicaraguan Women's Community Activism and Political Subjectivity, 1990-2010
2010-2011   Corinne Reczek: Gender and "Heath Work" in Long-Term Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Couples
2009-2010    Claudia Cervantes-Soon: Schooling in Times of Dystopia: Empowering young Women in Juarez
2009-2010    Nandini Dhar: Only My Revolt is Mine: Female Heroism, Counter Violence and Gendered
Resistance in Contemporary Texts of Slavery
2008-2009    Catherine Connell: School’s Out: A Qualitative Exploration of Workplace Sexuality Through the Experiences of Gay and Lesbian Teacher
2008-2009    Megan Reid: Housing Inequality: Race, Gender, and Hurricane Katrina Housing Policy
2007-2008    Allison Layne Parish Craig: Birth Control Movement Rhetoric in Women’s Literature, 1915-
1939
2007-2008    Christina Leigh Murphey: Oral Health Among Pregnant and Parenting Adolescent Women: A Mixed Methods Study.
2006-2007    Kimberly Hamlin: Beyond Adam's Rib: How Darwinian Evolution Redefined Gender and
Influenced American Feminist Thought, 1870-1920
2006-2007    Julie Reid: Gender, Ethnicity, and Nation in Bolivian Education
2005-2006    Sandra Benavidez-Vaello: The Interplay of Diabetes, Culture and Food for Mexican- American Women
2002-2003    Alexandra Barron: Unnatural Unions: The Queer National Romance in Postcolonia
Literature and Film
2002-2003    Lisa Kearney: Hispanic and Caucasian Students' Experience of Sexual Harassment: The
Intertwining of Power and Culture
2001-2002    Jill Rader: Feminish Critiques of a Historical Power Imbalance Between Therapists and
Clients
2001-2002    Deanna Shoemaker: Queers, Monsters, Drag Queens, and Whiteness: Unruly Femininities in Feminist Performance Art
2000-2001    Paula Sanmartin: With My Own Voice, in My Own Place: (Re)Construction of Black Women as Historical and Literary Subjects in Afro-American and Afro-Cuban Women's Writing
2000-2001    Mindy Bravo: A Psychosocial/ Educational Intervention for Decreasing Gender Stereotypes in Technology
2000-2001    Rebecca Lorins: Inheritance: Kinship and African Literatures
2000-2001    Patricia Richards: (Re)sppropriating Citizenship: Mapuche and Pobladora Women and the
Chilean State
1999-2000    Julie Garbus: Service and Learning at the Turn of Two Centuries: Lessons from Vida Scudder
1999-2000    Maribel Garcia: Women's Subjectivity, Structural Inequality and Borderlands Ethnography
1999-2000    Sharon Mastracci: Labor Pains: Employment Policy and Women's Bureau of the U.S.
Department of Labor
1999-2000    Margaret Taylor: Health Experiences of Homeless Adolescent Women
1998-1999    Maureen Reed: Her Spirit Knew No Borders:New Mexican Women and Literary
Autobiography, 1930-1965
1998-1999    Sarah J. Walker: The Meaning of Consent: College Women's and Men's Experiemces with
Nonviolent Sexual Coercion
1996-1997    Elizabeth Claudine: Women and Math: How Stereotypes Impair Performance
1996-1997    Scarlet Bowen: The Labor of Femininity: Working Women in Eighteenth-Century British
Prose
 
WGS MA Student Thesis Award
 
2017-2018    Madyson Crawford: "We Knew to Stay in Our Lane!": Southern Black Women's Politics of Belonging (Dis)Belonging.
2017-2018    Vivian Deidre Rodriguez Rocha: Styling binds: Transnational place-making and intimate labor at a Mexican beauty parlor in South Austin
2016-2017    Hayley Morgenstern: Genealogies of Trauma: The Inheritance of Hysteria
2015-2016    Briana Barner: The Creative (& Magical) Possibilities of Digital Black Girlhood 
2014-2015    Kaitlyn Newman: Refusing the rent to (re)make space; Feminist geographic perspectives on the Sunset Park Rent Strike
2013-2014    Patena Starlin Key: No Such Thing as Gender?: Black Vernacular, Sex and Street Lit
2012-2013    Victoria Dominguez: Between the Borderlands of Life and Death: A Spiritual and Intellectual Journey Towards Developing Conocimiento
2011-2012   Amelia Koford: 'Strong Views About What You Call Things': How Disability Studies Scholars Interact with Information Classification Systems
2011-2012   Lorena Siller: Ni Domesticas, Ni Putas: Sexual Harrassment in the Lives of Female Household Workers in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

 


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