Awards

Honoring Excellence in Gender Studies Graduate Research

The Gender Studies Program is eager to support graduate student writing that has gender and/or sexuality as a key focus and that demonstrates students’ ability to apply their Gender Studies education in original scholarship or creative work.

Our annual G. Margaret Porter Gender Studies Graduate Writing Awards honor:

  • the best graduate student essay written for a course or conference, and
  • the best thesis chapter, dissertation chapter, journal article, or book chapter.

These awards are named in honor of G. Margaret Porter, a retired Gender Studies Librarian at the Hesburgh Library who enabled high-caliber research in gender by ensuring that students and faculty had access to the best resources in Gender Studies and include a cash award of $150. 

2020 Award Recipients

Best Essay

Anne E. Crafton (PhD, Medieval Studies) — Full of Rebaldrie, Scaldit in Scurrilittie: Forbidden Topics and Gendered Language in the Freeing Verse of Flytings

Best Chapter/Article

Patricia Bredar (PhD, English) — “A Voyage of Discovery”: Reimagining the Walking Woman through 19th-Century Diaries


Previous Award Winners

Submit Your Work for Consideration

Submissions for these awards must be written by a Gender Studies graduate minor and must address issues of gender. The maximum length for submissions is 10,000 words (not including references). Research papers from courses and conferences are eligible if completion of the paper occurred no more than 12 months prior to the submission deadline. Journal articles and book chapters can be in draft form, under review, or published.

Writing award submissions will be reviewed and final candidates selected by the Graduate Education Subcommittee of the Gender Studies Steering Committee. The finalists will be selected based on the quantity of applications, as well as the quality of individual papers.

To apply please complete the Gender Studies Graduate Writing Awards application before noon on the first Friday in March.

Submit your work for the best essay award

Submit your work for the best article or chapter award