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GCWS 2015 Mother Board Writing Prize Call for Submissions!

This prize is an annual award honoring graduate student research and writing in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies.  One student will be recognized each year with an award for unpublished written work that exemplifies the three tenets central to the GCWS mission:

– Interdisciplinary inquiry;
– Innovative thinking; and
– Epistemologically self-conscious investigation.


Students currently matriculated in a Masters or Doctorate program at one of the nine GCWS member institutions and who have been or are currently enrolled in a GCWS seminar.  Papers need not have been written for a GCWS course.  Submissions will be reviewed by a 2-person selection committee of GCWS affiliated faculty. The award of the writing prize will be announced at the end of the Spring semester.

Submission requirements: 

– Three hard copies of the submitted paper (maximum 30 single-sided, double-spaced pages)
– Completed  Mother Board Writing Prize submission form (MB Writing Prize Submission Form 2015)

Please note: The comments section of the submission form must be filled out by a faculty member who is familiar with your work and can speak to the merits of the submitted paper.  You may not comment on your own paper. Good candidates are: an advisor, a faculty member from your GCWS course, another faculty member from your home institution with whom you have worked closely.

– Curriculum vita (with current address)
– Confirmation of past or current enrollment in a GCWS course (Print copy of a grade transcript, email or letter of confirmation signed by the GCWS Program Manager)


Submissions are due May 15th, 2015, and must be postmarked by that date at the latest. 

Submit to:

Andrea Sutton
Program Manager
Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies
Building 14N Room 211, MIT
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02139

This writing prize is dedicated to the “Mother Board”, the seven feminist intellectuals who together conceptualized and brought the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies into existence in 1988.   From their initial conversations around MIT faculty member Ruth Perry’s kitchen table, founding faculty Joyce Antler, Laura Frader, Carol Hurd Green, Barbara Haber, Alice Jardine, Ruth Perry, and Christiane Romero built the Consortium to be a program that would train the next generation of feminist scholars in the interdisciplinary thinking and research that is at the heart of Women’s and Gender Studies. 

Published On: April 15, 2015 |
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