International Studies & Programs

Paper and Activism Awards

Undergrad flyer (2017).jpgMary Anderson Award for the Best Undergraduate Paper on Women and Gender in Global Perspective

DEADLINE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

The Center for Gender in Global Context invites MSU undergraduate students to submit a paper for its annual competition, named to honor former women's rights activist and MSU Women's Studies scholar Mary Anderson, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1993. The paper should have been completed within the past academic year and should focus on issues related to women and gender in global perspective. Papers should be approximately 15-20 double-spaced pages in length (with the equivalent in effort for films, websites, etc).

Papers will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and the award will be presented at the annual GenCen Open House in January. Authors will receive a $250.00 prize.

Submissions are to be made to the GenCen office via email at gencen(at)msu.edu (in Microsoft Word, in formats up to Word 2013). Please indicate that you are submitting to the Anderson competition and be sure to include a contact phone number and email address.

Mary Anderson Award Past Winners

  • 2016 
    - Bronwen McVeigh, "Death, Divas, and Divorce: Reestablishing Male Dominance Through French Grand Opera"
    - Audrey Schaefer, "Pleasurable Shame: The Feminist Work of Marilyn Minter"
  • 2015 - No winner selected
  • 2014 
    - Kyra Stephenson, "Transnational Families: Moroccan Women's Experiences in European Migration"
    - Emma Davis, "Women of Dadaab: Gendered Experiences of Somali Women in the Dadaab Refugee Camps"
  • 2013 - Adam D. Harrison, "Gendered Sexual Violence as a Systematic Weapon of War: The Peruvian and Rwandan Comparative Case Study"
  • 2012 - Rachel Marsden, "Patriarchy and Health: Cultural and Societal Contributions to Fistula in Ethiopia"
  • 2011
    - Chelsea Gallagher, "Caring for the North: Female Domestic Workers in Los Angeles and Rome"
    - Melissa Graham, "Mass Rape and the Bosnian War: Female Bodies as Sites of Oppression and Resistance"
  • 2010 - Rebecca Farnum and Aileen Reid, "Feminists in Fundamentalism: Orthodox Jewish Women and Empowerment"
  • 2009 - Hannah Rubitschun, Emily Dubosh, Megan Havrilla, and Rachael Soren, "Female Genital Mutilation: The Intersection of Law and Policy on Bodily Rights"
  • 2008 - Yvette Efevbera, "What's Happening to Uganda's Girls? The Effects of War on Youth Culture in Northern Uganda"
  • 2007 - Amanda Baranowski, "'More Determined:' Women's Participation in Environmental Movements in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Brazil"

RCGV Paper Award.jpgAward for Best Undergraduate Paper on Gender-Based Violence: Presented by the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence

DEADLINE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

The Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence (RCGV) in collaboration with the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) is excited to provide a $250 award for the best undergraduate paper related to gender-based violence. Gender-based violence includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. 

Papers for the undergraduate student submission should have been completed within the past academic year and should focus on any issue related to gender-based violence. Papers should be approximately 15-20 double-spaced pages in length with a title page and list of references. The student submitting the paper should be first author if it is a multi-author published or conference paper.

Papers will be reviewed by a committee of 3-4 faculty and graduate student members of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence. The award will be presented at the annual GenCen Open House on February 2, 2018. Authors will receive a $250.00 prize.

Submissions are to be made to the RCGV via email at rcgv(at)msu.edu (in Microsoft Word format). In email subject line, please indicate that you are submitting to the RCGV undergraduate writing competition and be sure to include a contact phone number.

Dobson flyer (2017).jpgTracy Dobson Award for Undergraduate Student Feminist Activism

DEADLINE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

The Center for Gender in Global Context conducts this annual activism competition, named to honor Tracy Dobson's tireless efforts to bring gender equity to MSU, launching MSU's enhanced plan to recruit and retain women faculty and administrators. Her commitment to inform and inspire students to work for social justice led many to law school and to seek careers in public service through elected positions or the nonprofit sector. Professor Dobson retired in 2011 from MSU's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. The award honors an MSU undergraduate who has distinguished him or herself through exemplary local, national, or international activism on behalf of gender equity and social justice. The award recognizes those who have achieved a leadership position on behalf of their chosen cause. Evidence of commitment to a feminist cause through the college career as well as dedication to a career in some aspect of gender equity and social justice is required.

For each year's competition, students must submit a submit CV/resume and a three-page description of the feminist cause they have been involved in and their role in the cause. Two letters of support—from a supervisor, co-worker, peer activist or MSU faculty or staff mentor—are also required. A Call for Applications announcement is posted each fall on GenCen's homepage with a specific deadline.

Submissions will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and the award will be presented at GenCen's annual Open House in January. The award winner will receive a $250.00 prize.

Submissions are to be made to the GenCen office via email at gencen(at)msu.eduPlease indicate that you are submitting to the Dobson competition and be sure to include a contact phone number and email address.

Tracy Dobson Award Past Winners

  • 2016 - Audrey Matusz, for her efforts in creating intersectional feminist spaces, including with the launch of the "Sometimes Art House" and at the Impact Student Radio Station.
  • 2015 
    - Alysa Hodgson, for her advocacy for LGBTQ populations and her leadership in starting a new LGBTQ community youth organization.
    - Cayley Winters, for her advocacy for sexual freedom and her consistent volunteer work with MSU Students for Choice and Planned Parenthood.
  • 2014 - Kyra Stephenson, for her leadership in and dedication to preventing sexual assault and relationship violence, and her advocacy for survivors.
  • 2013
    - Jazmen Moore, for her leadership in, advocacy for, and dedication to the prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence.
    - Ryan Tarr, for his leadership in and dedication to peer education on masculinity and hegemony in the feminist and sexual assault prevention movements
  • 2012 - Theresa Squires, for her leadership in, advocacy for, and dedication to gender, disability, and social justice.

Grad flyer (2017).jpgRita S. Gallin Award for the Best Graduate Paper on Women and Gender in Global Perspective

DEADLINE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

The Center for Gender in Global Context conducts this annual graduate student paper competition, named for Rita S. Gallin, Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University, in honor of her 13 years as director of the Women and International Development Program and her scholarship in the area of women, gender, international development, and globalization. The paper should have been written within the past academic year, should be approximately 20 double-spaced pages in length, and should focus on issues related to women, gender, international development, and globalization.

Papers will be reviewed by a faculty committee, and the award will be presented at the annual GenCen Open House in January. The winning paper may be peer reviewed for publication in the GPID Working Paper Series or on the GenCen website. Authors will receive a $250.00 prize.

Submissions are to be made to the GenCen office via email at gencen(at)msu.edu (in Microsoft Word, in formats up to Word 2013). Please indicate that you are submitting to the Gallin competition and be sure to include a contact phone number and email address.

Rita S. Gallin Award Past Winners

  • 2016 - Kristin Denise Rowe, "'Young, Upwardly Mobile Women': Global Identity and Female Subjectivity in Contemporary Nigeria"
  • 2015 - Emily Riley, "The Politics of Téranga: Gender, Power, and the Political Equality Movement in Senegal"
  • 2014 - Kelly Birch, "Salvadoran Deported Men's Return to 'Home'"
  • 2013 - Rowenn Kalman, "Shaping Environmental Subjects in Andean Peru: Gender-mediated Experiences of a New Environmental Consciousness"
  • 2012 - Sabrina Perlman, "Native American Women and Diabetes: Voices in Suffering and Solutions"
  • 2011 - No winner selected
  • 2010 - Emily Antoon, "Ya Sartan Ya Mout: An Alternative Approach to the Mammography Screening Controversy in Israel"
  • 2009 - Lexine Hansen, "Environmental (In)Justice: Water Conservation in Rural Jordan"
  • 2008 - No winner selected
  • 2007 - H. Louise Davis, "Famine Porn: The Construction and Appeal of Ethiopian Madonna Icons in Televised News Coverage of Famine"
  • 2006 - Holly Dygert, "Especially Encultured: Indigenous Women's Struggles in Mexican Development"
  • 2005 - Suzanne Schneider, "On the Periphery of Midwifery: A Critical Analysis of a Community-Based Cancer Screening Program in Mexico"
  • 2004 - Carmen Bain, "Auditing Labor Standards in the Global Agrifood Chain: The Social and Ethical Implications for Chile's Farm Workers"
  • 2003 
    - Michael Madison Walker, "Women, Water Policy and Reform: Examining Global Water Debates and Implications for Women"
    - Deborah Wilson, "Routes to Low Mortality in Predominately Muslim Countries"
  • 2002
    - Rui Niu, "Rising Expectations: A Study of Parental Expectations for Girl's Education in China's Sichuan Province"
    - Jason Konefal, "The Invisibility of Space in Development: Re-Inscribing Space Through a Feminist Politics of Place"
  • 2001 - Kari Bergstrom, "Legacies of Colonialism and Islam for Hausa Women: A Historical Analysis, 1804 to 1960"
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