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Women's and Gender Studies Award

The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality is proud to present the annual Women's and Gender Studies Award. This award is meant to honor an undergraduate student for his or her excellence in research and writing in the fields of women and gender studies. (There is another award for Queer Studies.  Students are invited to enter both contests, but must enter a different essay for each contest.) Its purpose is twofold: to recognize undergraduate students - who often have few opportunities for such recognition - for their superb intellectual achievement, and to provide students interested in women's and gender studies with institutional support for their work.

The Women's and Gender Studies Awards Committee is composed of Columbia University faculty and staff who organize and coordinate the awards, and an interdisciplinary group of Columbia University and Barnard College faculty who are responsible for selecting the winners. The committee encourages undergraduates from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, and majors to submit a paper focused on women and/or gender for consideration for the cash prize. It encourages papers that investigate the connections between sex, gender, race, class, nationality, and religion. In keeping with the open spirit of investigation that characterizes interdisciplinary research, the committee sets no topical, ideological, or methodological requirements for submissions, and generally looks for papers that exhibit clarity, originality, ambition, and those that are informed by, and engage in, large critical issues.

For more information, please stop by the Institute or download an application packet here. Contact us at 212.854.3277 or irwgs@columbia.edu with any further inquiries.

Past winners of the Women's and Gender Studies prize:

2016: Sarah Faith Thompson, “Sexual Violence in Civil Wars: Strength, Organizational Control, and Rebel Groups”

2015: Caitlin Lowell, "Justice Is Not An Institution: The University of Michigan and the Alternate Responses to Sexual Violence on Campus" 

2014: Taylor Clarke, "My Career As A Machine: Siri and Human Bodies in Servitude"

2013: Callie Strickland, "Policing Strategies of Prostitution in the US: A Closer Look at Street Prostitution in New York City"

2012: Joseph Daly, "An Exception to Prove the Rule: The Publishing Career of Louisa McCord and the Applicability of Separate Spheres in Antebellum South Carolina"

2011: SaraEllen Strongman, "The New 'Magic Negroes': Non-White Women as Transformational Agents in Disney Animated Films"

2010: Chloe Smith, "Ladies and Females: Women's Missionary and Educational Work in Nineteenth-Century India"