Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

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Awards and Bursaries

Bursaries available to Faculty of Arts and Science students

Prizes, Scholarships and Awards available to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

2019-20 Department of Gender Studies Awards


Faculty Teaching Award Winner – Melissa Houghtaling

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This teaching award is designed for faculty who are adjuncts, core or cross-appointed to Gender Studies and teach a GNDS course. Any student enrolled in one of these courses can send a paragraph nominating your instructor to the Undergraduate Office in the Department of Gender Studies, Mackintosh-Corry Hall D508. The award is given at the Annual Open House.

Beverley Baines Award for Outstanding Service Winner – Sreya Roy

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The Beverley Baines Award for Outstanding Service in Gender, Women's and Feminist Studies will reflect Professor Baines' steadfast commitment to expanding and enhancing the Department of Gender Studies and the meaningful committee work required to support a complex feminist vision at Queen's University. The award will be presented annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who has shown exceptional and notable service in the Department of Gender Studies. The areas of service recognized include, but are not limited to: contributions to the Gender Studies Department Student Council (DSC), Gender Studies Committee Work, and/or Feminist Activist service on or off campus.

Kathleen Herman Essay Prize Winner: Dylyn Reid-Davies "Postcards from Nowhere", Professor Trish Salah, GNDS 370

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Kathleen A. Herman Prize in Gender Studies was established by friends, colleagues and former students to honour Kathleen Herman (photo to left) for her wisdom, determination, perseverance in advancing the status of women at Queen's. Donations to fund this annual prize can be made at

Graduate Student Awards, 2020-21

Poole Award in Women's and Gender Studies Winner – Amanda Watson

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This award has been established by Alice Poole (Arts, 1942) and the candidate is selected on the basis of "academic excellence by a Master's Student in Gender Studies who has a research interest in studies related to increasing understanding of and action on improvement of the status of women".

R.S. McLaughlin Award Winner – Elizabeth Poirier

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Annually awarded to first class Master’s (and Doctoral) students on the recommendation of the Department of Gender Studies to the School of Graduate Studies.

Gender Studies Graduate Award Winner – Afsheen Chowdhury

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Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to funding eligible graduate students.

Graduate Entrance Tuition Award Winner – Yaniya Lee

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Awarded to an incoming domestic funding eligible Master’s student enrolled in Gender Studies in the School of Graduate Studies with an average of at least A- in each of the last two years of study.

Other Awards, 2020-21

Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence Winner – Misha Falk

The Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence was established by Queen’s University to honour Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy), co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.  Established in May 2017 and awarded on the basis of academic excellence to incoming graduate students.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Winner – Amanda Watson

Principal's International Doctoral Award Winner - Milka Njoroge

The Principal's International Doctoral Award was established in 2012 by the Principal of Queen's University to support outstanding international doctoral students and to foster global intellectual exchange in non-STEM disciplines.

Robert Sutherland Fellowship Winner - Dany Perault

The Robert Sutherland Fellowships (formerly known as Graduate Dean's Scholarships for Aboriginal and Canadian Visible Minority Students) were established in 1992 to help diversify our campus by attracting applications from visible minorities that are under-represented at Queen's.

Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Award Winner - Jacob Barry

Previous Award Winners
Faculty Teaching Award
2020: Melissa Houghtaling
2019: Karen Lawford
2018: Erin Clow
2017: Trish Salah
2016: Jane Tolmie
2015: Scott Morgensen
2014: Nancy Butler
2013: Melissa Houghtaling
2012: Healy Thompson
2011: Dana Olwan
2010: Katherine McKittrick
Beverley Baines Award for Outstanding Service
2020: Sreya Roy
2019: Natalie Zhang
2018: Marion Gonsalves
2017: Christopher Bennett
2016: Emily Osborne
2015: Alannah Johnson
2014: Michelle Tam
2013: Yasmine Djerbal
2012: Sarah Jacobs
Kathleen Herman Essay Prize
2019-20: Dylyn Reid-Davies "Postcards from Nowhere", Professor Trish Salah, GNDS 370
2018-19: Samuel Maclennan "Queering Mary in Christian Feminist Theological Literature", Professor Tracy Trothen, RELS 312
2017-18: Kennedy MacMaster “Clitoraid: Yes, it is as bad as it sounds” Professor Yasmine Djerbal, GNDS 330
2016-17: Jacob Schroeter “The Masculine, Heterosexual, and White U.S. Military Regime: Online Discourse and the Media’s Reaction to the Abu Ghraib Scandal”, Professor Melissa Houghtaling, GNDS 215.
2015-16: Meghan Rand “Beyond Bad Blood: How Black Gay Men Remain Stigmatized by United States Blood Donation Policies”, Professor Melissa Houghtaling, GNDS 215.
2014-15: Annalise Chapman “Queering Ferguson, An Analysis of Transformative Justice and Alliance Work in Ferguson Protest Movements” submitted by Professor Cameron Greensmith, GNDS 280.
2013-14: Amanda Kraft “Teaching Normalcy: Exercises of Power, Constructions of National Identity, and the Emergence of Sex Education in Ontario, 1871-1950”, Professor Brittney Bos, HIST 465.
2012-13: Sean Jackson “Female Genital Mutilation or Genital Cosmetic Surgery: Is There a Difference?” submitted to Professor Chowdhury in GNDS 401.
2011-12: Shawn Tripp “Haiti on the Periphery: Representational and Material Inequality in the Production of HIV/AIDS Discourse in Haiti 1975-85”; Healy Thompson, GNDS 320.
2010-11: Brittany Whalen “Racism at Queen’s: How effective is a ‘Gender Studies’ education in reducing racial prejudice?”, Professor Little, GNDS 345.
2009-10: Lauren Horwood “A Badass Black Femme: Negotiating Desire, (Dis)Identity and Performance in Etang Inyang’s Badass Supermama”, Professor Katherine McKittrick, WMNS 412.
2008-09: Ariella Gross-Grand “SOUL FOOD: A Critical (Self) Reflection”, Professor Sarita Srivastava, WMNS 440.
2007-08: Laura Levick “Identity Crisis: The Evolving Relationship Between Feminine and Nationalist Identities in Quebec and France”, POLS 382.
2006-07: Natalie Gorska “Hegemonic Masculinity: Not the Norm”, POLS 382.
2005-06: Beth Ferguson “Native Identity: Geographies of (Un)Belonging”, WMNS 432.
2004-05: Elisa Wynne-Hughes “The Reincarnation of the Oral Tradition”, WMNS 432.
2003-04: Deborah Aarts “The Politics of Femininity: Propoganda, Representation and the Gendered Political Body in the Militant Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain, 1903-1914”, HIST 465.
2002-03: Adrienne Boudreau “Maquila Work: Gender on the Line”, WMNS 330.
2001-02: Rowan Weaver “The Slave Narrative as Historical Autobiography: Writing the Racialized and Gendered “Self” in Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” and Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself”, IDIS 302.
2001-02: Kirsten Leng “The Body as a Battlefield: Rape as a Weapon of War During the Bosnia-Herzegovina Conflict”, WMNS 330.
2000-01: Michelle Teixeira “Towards Reconciliation: Reframing the Sadomasochism Debate in Feminism”, WMNS-310.
1999-2000: Sarah Beemer “Sexual Abuse: A Personal Experience and The Sheldon Kennedy Case”, WMNS 100.
1999-2000: Tracey Taylor “The Love Letters of Frieda and Bud”, HIST 465.
Hendler Graduate Student Award
2015-16: Brett Willes
2014-15: Avery Everhart
2013-14: Katie Thibault
2012-13: Aarzoo Singh
2011-12: Carla Moore
Poole Family Graduate Student Award
2020-21: Amanda Watson
2019-20: Dorcas Okyere
2018-19: Natalie Zhang
2017-18: Kim Tran
2016-17: Sarah Carneiro
2015-16: Vanessa Yzaguirre-Robles
2014-15: Jamie Harnum
2013-14: Maria-Teresa Matani
2012-13: Yasmine Djerbal
R.S. McLaughlin Award
2020-21: Elizabeth Poirier
2019-20: Katherine Mazurok
2018-19: Muna Dahir
Gender Studies Graduate Award
2020-21: Afsheen Chowdhury
2019-20: Christopher Bennett
2018-19: Sofie Vlaad
Graduate Entrance Tuition Award
2020-21: Yaniya Lee
2019-20: Taylor Cenac
2018-19: Maria O'Leary
International Tuition Award
2019-20: Maha Faruqi
2018-19: Dorcas Okyere
School of Graduate Studies Doctoral Award
2019-20: Maria O'Leary
Faculty of Arts & Science Dean’s Award for Social Justice
2019-20: Muna Dahir and Markus Harwood-Jones
Margaret Anderson Graduate Scholarship
2018-19: Olivia Landry