Annual award promotes Women and Gender Studies

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    Undergraduate students can submit research and creative work on women and gender for a chance to win $150.

    The 2015 Priscilla Tate Research and Creative Prize aims to “promote student interest and participation in the aims of the Women and Gender Studies program,” said Dr. Claudia Camp, chairwoman of the Women and Gender Studies Awards Committee.

    Submission guidelines call for a research or creative paper fewer than 3,000 words, a creative project or a multimedia presentation. The works are meant to explore the social construction of gender, study the female experience, provide analysis or = develop theories.

    Students are not required to have taken a class with a Women and Gender Studies focus in order to submit an entry, Camp said.

    Any relevant projects are accepted as long as a TCU professor agrees to sponsor them. Faculty sponsorship helps develop mentoring relationships between professors and students, and it guarantees that work is in fact the student’s own, Camp said.

    Submissions will be judged by the Women and Gender Studies Awards Committee. According to the submission instructions, the committee will evaluate projects “based on the quality of the work and its capacity to deepen our understanding of women and gender studies.”

    Since it was created in 2007, a female student has won the award each year.

    “The vast majority of submissions are from women, though last year we had one submission from a man and perhaps one the year before that,” Camp said.

    Kourtney Kinsel, who graduated with an emphasis in Women and Gender Studies in 2013, won the award in both 2012 and 2013. In 2012, Kinsel submitted a paper focused on aspects of domestic violence in Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” In 2013, Kinsel submitted a paper that analyzed an adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew” by John Fletcher.

    The top applicants will be invited to present their work at the Women and Gender Studies Showcase of Undergraduate Research, Service, and Creative Activities on April 16. The winner will be announced at the annual Women and Gender Studies Spring Garden Party held April 18.

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