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Awards

Jamie Klemczak Undergraduate Service Award

The Jamie Klemczak Undergraduate Service Award recognizes the service of a SU Women's & Gender Studies major or minor who embodies Ms. Klemczak’s community minded aesthetics and has contributed to feminist education on campus or in the local community. Jamie Klemczak was a WGS major (Class of 2010) who died a few months before she was due to graduate.

Past Winners

2016: Koy Ian Adams
2015: Kimberly E. Powell
2014: Erin Genevieve Carhart
2013: Rachel Lee Sayer


Joan Lukes Rothenberg Graduate Student Service Award

The Joan Lukas Rothenberg Graduate Student Service Award recognizes the work of a WGS teaching assistant or CAS student who has contributed to feminist education on campus through direct service to the Women's and Gender Studies Department, and/or the larger SU community. Joan Lukas Rothenberg was recognized as both an artist and activist. She was a founding member of the first women’s consciousness-raising group which evolved in to the Women’s Information Center in 1972. Ms. Rothenberg was in the process of completing her Ph.D. in Social Science and a CAS in women’s studies when she died in 1990.  

Past Winners

2016: Kimberly Natalia Williams
2015: Sherri Williams
2014: Meredith Madden
2013: Rebekah Joy Orr


Diane Lyden Murphy Bread and Roses Award for Activism on Behalf of Women

The Diane Lyden Murphy Bread and Roses Award for Activism on Behalf of Women honors a member of the Syracuse University community whose work or scholarship examplifies the spirit of Dr. Murphy's activism. Diane Lyden Murphy  is currently the Dean of the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.  She was the director of the Women’s Studies Program from 1988 to 2005.  The activist work may take many forms such as art and community activism, curriculum innovation, policy improvement, research and writing, in addition to the recognition of creativity in activism.

Past Winners

2016: Montinique DeNice McEachern
2015: THE General Body
2014: Georgina L. Perez Martinez
2013: Sari Knopp Biklen


Marguerite Fisher Undergraduate Paper Prize

The Marguerite Fisher Undergraduate Paper Prize recognizes excellence among Women’s and Gender Studies undergraduate students. Selected papers demonstrate an exceptional grasp of gender analyses and/or feminist theory. Marguerite Fisher earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Syracuse University in 1941 and was soon hired as a faculty member in that department. She became the first woman in The College of Arts and Sciences to achieve the top rank of Full Professor in Political Science. She was credited with teaching one of the first university level courses in women’s studies in the United States titled “Women in American Democracy.”

View 2017 call for papers here.

Past Winners

2016: Hasmik Djoulakian “Who is ‘Us’?: Unpacking the Institutional Power and Neoliberal Logics behind ‘It’s on Us'”
2015: Molly Anne Mendenhall “Exist and Resist: Reclaiming the Pueblo Through the Body”
2014: Erin Genevieve Carhart “A Feminist Manifesta: Activist Meets Researcher”
2013: Nira Pandya “An Internal Critique of ‘The Missing’ in the Indian Context: A Juxtaposition of Stories”


Toni Taverone Graduate Paper Prize

The Toni Taverone Graduate Paper Prize recognizes excellence among graduate students in Women’s and Gender Studies classes. Selected papers demonstrate an exceptional grasp of gender analyses and/or feminist theory. Toni Tavarone earned her Ph.D. in Social Science from Syracuse University in 1983 and was a certificate of advanced studies student in the early days of the women’s studies program. In the early 1980’s she was active in the Syracuse Peace Council and with the Socialist-Feminist Collective, a study group of local women who published the groundbreaking journal, Salt City Press

View 2017 call for papers here.

Past Winners

2016: Joe Edward Hatfield “Katrina at the Intersection: Gender, Race, Class, and the Environment in Trouble the Water
2015: Laura Jordan Jaffee “Unsettled Global Disability Frameworks: Settler Colonialism and Disability in Israel/Palestine” and Ariane Vani Kannan “Decolonizing Model Minority Suicide”
2014: Sean Wang “’They Don’t Pay Taxes, They Don’t Assimilate’: Feelings of Injustice in Local Anti-Immigration Activism”
2013: Sean Wang “Militarism and Development: Theoretical Implications of American children in U.S. involvements abroad”


Teaching Assistantships

WGS offers Teaching Assistantships to advanced doctoral students throughout the university. Teaching Assistants earn a stipend and possibly a tuition scholarship. The primary responsibility of these positions is to provide teaching assistance to core WGS courses, typically WGS 101: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and WGS 201: Transnational Feminist Studies. WGS TA positions offer an opportunity for mentorship and invaluable experience with feminist pedagogies. WGS TAs are offered additional support through the Future Professoriate Program (FPP) at SU.