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Call for Essays: Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Awards

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February 16, 2017

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to officially announce the undergraduate student call for essays:

  • Africana Studies-V.P. Franklin Award ($500 applied to student’s Drexel account)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies-Martha Montgomery Award ($200 applied to student’s Drexel account)

For consideration of either award:

  1. Awards are for essays or papers dealing with critical issues pertaining to Africana Studies or Women’s and Gender Studies topics. Submission must have been written for a CoAS course during the past year (spring 2016- winter 2017). Current students should consider nominating themselves for this award by submitting their paper for consideration.
  2. Though there are no page or word count requirements, it is strongly suggested that your submission is a minimum of two pages.
  3. Students may be from any of Drexel’s colleges and majors, and do not need to be an AFAS or WGST minor to apply.
  4. Essays must be submitted to by April 1st.
  5. Please indicate the following in your email:
    • Name of the course
    • Professor’s name
    • Term in which you were enrolled in the course
    • Award that you would like to be considered for

Important Note: Please make sure that your name is on the paper, and save file as your name as well.

The V.P. Franklin Award (Africana Studies):

The V.P. Franklin Award, named after one of the founders of the Africana Studies program, recognizes an outstanding essay that highlights critical issues within Africana Studies. This competition is open to students who enrolled in AFAS and AFAS cross-listed courses as well as courses taught throughout the College of Arts & Sciences.

The Martha Montgomery Award (Women’s and Gender Studies):

This award is given in celebration of Martha Montgomery – an administrator, scholar, colleague and most important a mentor and supporter of all women on the Drexel campus. Dr. Martha Montgomery, who was a professor of philosophy, a department chair and senior administrator, stood for excellence in academic work, intellectual curiosity and integrity, professionalism, and commitment to values of diversity and empowerment of women. In naming this award after Martha Montgomery, we remember her with great pride and admiration.

This competition is open to students who enrolled in WGST and WGST cross-listed courses as well as courses taught throughout the College of Arts & Sciences. Winning the Martha Montgomery Award is a wonderful way to gain recognition and visibility from the larger Drexel University community for high quality, undergraduate scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies.

For additional information or questions concerning the awards, please contact Jessica Kratzer, department administrator for the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages, at