Women's Studies

Annual Student Research Paper and Project Contest

In celebration of Women's History Month, Women's Studies hosts the annual "Student Research Paper & Project Contest." The contest winners are recognized at the annual "Women's Studies Awards Ceremony" held in March.

Eligibility:

Undergraduate and graduate research papers or projects having to do with women, gender, sexuality, feminism, or feminist thinking which were completed at UWM during the previous year are eligible for entry.

Prizes are awarded in the following four categories:

  • Undergraduate Research Paper: This paper, a minimum of five, double-spaced, typed pages, must demonstrate original thinking and critical engagement with the use of primary and/or secondary sources. (Book reports will not be accepted.)
  • Undergraduate Project: Projects could include, for example, a piece or portfolio of art work, a video production, a curriculum design, a musical composition, an architectural or engineering design, an original literary piece such as a poem or short story, or an essay based primarily on personal or autobiographical reflection. Please include an abstract.
  • Graduate Research Paper: This paper, approximately 10-20 double-spaced, typed pages, will likely utilize primary sources such as documents, statistical data, or interviews in an original research project written for a graduate course or seminar, or in an independent study.
  • Graduate Project: Projects could include, for example, a piece or portfolio of art work, a video production, a curriculum design, a musical composition, an architectural or engineering design, an original literary piece such as a poem or short story. Projects should demonstrate a professional level of expertise. Please include an abstract.

Submission:

A submission form (available in Women’s Studies office) completed by the student must accompany all papers and projects. Instructors are encouraged to nominate student work they find to be particularly meritorious, although this is not a prerequisite for submission. That is, students may submit their work on their own.

  • Papers and Projects submitted by students
    Students may submit their own work, without instructor nomination, by completing a submission form and following the instructions in the detailed submission instructions listed below.
  • Papers and Projects submitted by instructors
    Instructors should send a letter stating why the work being nominated is meritorious. The student whose work is being nominated should be directed to fill out a submission form and attach it to the work that is submitted.

Detailed Submission Instructions:

Submit three copies of written work.
PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE YOUR WORK.
One copy of a project is sufficient; however, when possible, three copies should be submitted.

  • Written work must be double-spaced and typed on standard weight paper; all pages should be numbered consecutively (including the bibliography).
  • All projects should be presented in as professional a manner as possible; for example, photos should be matted. Please include an abstract.
  • Your name should appear on the submission form ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT include your name on the title page or any other place within the paper.
  • Include a title page that lists the title of the paper and its submission category (e.g., Undergraduate Research Paper).
  • A submission form completed by the student must accompany all papers and projects. The paper or project submitted for the contest may be a revision of the original submitted for the course.

Where To Get Submission Forms:

Submission forms are available in Women's Studies, NWQ, Building B, Room 7585.

Judging and Awards:

A committee of impartial judges is drawn from Women’s Studies Affiliated Faculty and Staff across campus. The entries undergo a blind judging process. The decision of the judges is final.

Judges, instructors, and winners are invited to attend the Women's Studies Student Awards Ceremony during Women’s History Month.

Please contact Women’s Studies at 414-229-5918 with any questions, for details about the submission process and the Awards Ceremony, and for the submission deadline.