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

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March 3, 2016

The Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages and the Africana Studies (AFAS) and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) programs are 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 2015- winter 2016). Current students and recent graduates should consider nominating themselves for this award by submitting their paper for consideration.
  2. There are no page or word count requirements, however 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 Jessica Kratzer at jkk55@drexel.edu by April 1st at 4 pm.
  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

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, mentor and supporter of all women on the Drexel campus. Martha Montgomery, PhD, was a professor of philosophy, a department chair and a senior administrator. She 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 are enrolled in WGST and WGST cross-listed courses as well as courses taught throughout the College of Arts & Sciences. The Martha Montgomery Award strives to increase 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 jkk55@drexel.edu.