College of Arts and Sciences

Marthe Rosenfeld-Mary Lee Richeson Scholarship

The Marthe Rosenfeld/Mary Lee Richeson Scholarship was established in 1993 to provide financial support to students conducting research in women’s studies. The award may be used to cover tuition, materials, and services associated with the research project.

Proposals focusing on any area related to women's and gender studies are welcome, but proposals related to lesbian studies are especially encouraged. Up to two awards may be made each academic year.

Student Eligibility

To submit a proposal, students must:

  • be a women's studies major or minor
  • have junior or senior class standing at the time of application
  • have completed at least 12 credit hours in women's studies courses
  • be in good academic standing
  • be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours at the time of application

Project Eligibility

Only projects that meet the following criteria will be considered:

  • research must be on a topic related to women
  • the student's work must result in a finished product (research paper, data set, dvd, etc.) that will be useful to others and that does not duplicate previous research
  • the student must have primary responsibility for conducting the research
  • the project must be sponsored by a full-time faculty member

Proposal Guidelines

Students should submit a 1-2 page proposal that includes the following:

  • a description of the project and its expected outcome
  • evidence that the student has the background and skills needed to complete the project and that the project does not duplicate previous research (evidence could include course work completed, a working bibliography, faculty recommendations, etc.)
  • a budget outlining the costs of materials and services required and a justification for the expenses; the budget may also include funds for the tuition fee to enroll in WOST W495: Readings and Research in Women's Studies
  • an explanation of how the project fits into the student's course of study and its relevance to future goals

Evaluation Criteria

The Women's Studies Awards Subcommittee will evaluate each proposal based on how well it addresses the proposal guidelines above. It will also consider the following criteria in its decision:

  • the originality, significance, and feasibility of the proposed project
  • the clarity, organization, and documentation of the proposal
  • the value of the project to applicant's education and career goals


December 1 for funding to begin in spring or summer
July 1 for fall semester


  • 1998: Claudia Ditmar Coffield
  • 2001: Cathrine (Cat) Voors
  • 2002: Sara Patalita
  • 2012: Nicole Meier
  • 2013: Cailynn Smith
  • 2014: Amity Pauley

Please contact Dr. Janet Badia for more details.