College of Arts and Sciences

Women's Studies Outstanding Research Essay Award

Community Friends of Women's Studies, Inc. generously funds an award each year to recognize the best research paper written by a student in a Women's Studies class. The award comes with a $100 monetary award.

Faculty can nominate student papers, or students may submit a paper on their own. The deadline for submissions is March 1 each year for essays written the previous calendar year. Essays should be submitted electronically directly to the Women’s Studies office at The papers will be read anonymously, and we will need to remove student names to do so, we ask for editable submissions only please. Please also include the cover sheet for the submission. Papers submitted not following this process will be returned to the student for correction and submission.

Any paper is eligible for the award provided it meets the following requirements:

  • Electronic submission with cover sheet in an editable format
  • The paper must have been written for a WOST pre-fixed or WOST cross-referenced class during the most recent spring, summer, or fall semesters.
  • The paper must include research, either secondary or primary or a combination of both.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2012 - Nikolas C. Heimach, "Where Did All The Men Go? Examining How Y: The Last Man Challenges Hegemonic Masculinity"
  • 2013 - Adrian J. Rivera, "Wrestling with the Labyrinth: The Career of WWE Vice President of Creative Stephanie McManhon Levesque"
  • 2014 - Monica A. Young, " Sylvia Plath and Mid-Twentieth Century Notions of Mental Illness"
  • 2015 - Amanda Neumann, "Feminist Zines: An Engaged History" 
  • 2016- Danielle Parsons, "The Beautiful Dead: An Analysis of the Use of Women’s Bodies
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  • 2017 - Sierra Saylor
  • 2018 - Hayley King, "Sylvia Plath and the Culture of Motherhood"
  • 2019 - Lindsey Greene, "Childism and Authority"