Congratulations to our 2013 Summer Internship and Research Grant Recipients!
Genevieve D. Willis Senior Research Grant 2013 Recipients
The Genevieve D. Willis Research Grant is a competitive grant awarded to students in the Gender Studies Program who plan to undertake research in preparation for a senior thesis/essay in Gender Studies. The grant awards up to $1,000 for expenses incurred during research, including, but not limited to books and materials and travel expenses and accommodations. Recipients of the grant have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from faculty, graduate students, and fellow undergraduates and be expected to submit their thesis/essay for the annual Genevieve D. Willis Gender Studies Senior Thesis Prize competition or the annual Philip L. Quinn Essay Prize competition.
Kristine (Leah) Corachea '14
The Power of the Visual: A Study of the Effects of Gendered Advertising
Christina Dines ’14
Gender Issues Faced by the Refugee Population in Western New York: Success Predictors Resulting in Effective Refugee Resettlement
Molly Shank ‘14
Sadomasochism and Gendered Power: A Study of Three of Jamaica Kincaid's Novels
Boehnen Summer Internship Grant 2013 Recipients
The Boehnen Summer Internship Grants are competitive grants that are awarded annually to Notre Dame Gender Studies undergraduate students who have secured unpaid summer internships that will help them analyze, understand, and gain valuable work experience in fields pertaining to Gender Studies. The internships may be at any organization or business, inside or outside the United States, insofar as the student makes a persuasive case for its relevance to his or her Gender Studies education. Our expectation is that the Boehnen Summer Internship Grants will help to offset living expenses for the students as they undertake their unpaid internship work; to that end, the student is expected to work full-time for the sponsoring agency, business, or organization (as they define full-time) and to explain to their supervisor that they have received funding that enables them to work full-time. All currently enrolled Gender Studies Supplemental Majors and Gender Studies Minors are eligible to apply for these grants. The typical amount awarded is $2500. The typical length of the internship should be a minimum term of five (5) weeks with a maximum term of eight (8) weeks. However, the award amount and length of internship term are negotiable with respect to the specifics of each internship and these specifics should be described in detail in the “Statement of Purpose” of the grant application.
Kristine (Leah) Corachea ‘14
Female Factor, Chicago IL
Leah will be working with The Female Factor, a consulting firm that helps companies market to women. Leah will be researching the changing world of e-commerce and why the virtual shopping world is becoming more attractive compared to the traditional retail stores. Throughout the summer, she will explore the aspects of what makes e-commerce, and specific websites, more successful than others and what it could mean for us in the future.
Christina Dines ‘14
International Institute of Buffalo, New York
Christina will be interning at the International Institute of Buffalo. She will be working in the Victim Services Department, interacting with, and aiding, refugees in court. In addition to attending court proceedings, she will be constantly interacting with refugees and immigrants throughout the resettlement process (for example, through mentoring and tutoring experiences and through conducting a combination of formal and informal interviews). The IIB works closely with refugees from Bhutan, Burma, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan. As such, her exploration will particularly concentrate on the challenges and barriers facing Muslim women.
Maria (Mia) Lillis ‘14
Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County, South Bend, IN
Mia will be performing various duties for the Family Justice Center, including but not limited to intake and support, general advocacy work for victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse, and maintaining databases for the center. Through her work with the Family Justice Center, she will learn first-hand about the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as the resources available to victims of such crimes. She hopes that this opportunity will give her experience for future career objectives, as she is interested in working with crisis centers post-graduation.