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Scholarships and Awards

The Center for Women's and Gender Studies is pleased to offer awards and scholarships to WVU students, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit the Award Applications page!


Outstanding WGST Graduate Teaching Assistant 
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Juliana is a pursuing a master's degree in history at WVU. She plans to graduate with her MA and with a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies in August 2021. She earned her BA at Fairmont State University with a major in history and minors in museum studies and women's studies. Juliana has taught for the Center for Women's and Gender Studies since 2019. Her students and colleagues have consistently remarked upon Juliana's professionalism, enthusiasm, and engaging teaching style. She plans to pursue a career in higher education and advising. 

Outstanding WGST Senior 
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Sarah Smith is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Child Development & Family Studies along with minors in Women's & Gender Studies and Law & Legal Studies. In addition to her admirable coursework and leadership in the classroom, Sarah has worked with many on- and off-campus advocacy organizations. She has consistently demonstrated the compassion, dedication, maturity, intellect, and drive characteristic of an Outstanding WGST Senior!

Velma Miller / West Virginia Alliance for Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Scholar Award
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Alexa is a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at West Virginia University. She serves as co-chair of the Power Based Personal Violence and Campus Climate committees on the Council for Gender Equity. She is also a trainee on the Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences T32, and serves as a student liaison for the Pan-T32 student council. Her research interests broadly pertain to: (1) improving quality of life and well-being in persons with dementia and their care-partners, and (2) improving prevention and response measures for sexual violence and discrimination in academia. 

Winifred South Knutti Graduate Scholarship in Women's Studies 
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Susana Mazuelas Quirce is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education program at WVU. As a non-traditional and diverse scholar, the aim of her work is to help Appalachian tertiary institutions attract and retain more students and faculty from underrepresented populations. The graduate certificate in WGST she completed gave her the lens of feminist and gender theory she needed to guide her dissertation and helped her to integrate key terms and concepts related to women’s and gender studies in an interdisciplinary approach to higher education. Susana is part of the WVU ADVANCE Center, which disrupts institutional inequities and promote inclusive policies, and collaborates in data gathering and analysis efforts to enhance educational opportunities and access to the workforce for women and girls in West Virginia.
Alma and Claude Rowe Excellence Through Equity Award 
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Rayna Momen is a sociology doctoral candidate at WVU whose dissertation focuses on the criminalization of transgender people. They are a trained Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Instructor and a longtime volunteer with the Appalachian Prison Book Project. Momen works to minimize the harms of the criminal legal system, in part through efforts to expand access to higher education for individuals and communities who have been historically excluded.  They plan to teach college courses in prisons after completing their PhD.

Carrie Koeturius Scholarship
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Nayreshca will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's and Gender Studies and a minor in Philosophy at WVU in May 2021. She is an active member of the WVU and the Morgantown communities. In addition to working numerous off-campus jobs, Nayreshca is a member of the Student Support Services Trio Program and works in the LGBTQ+ Center. She has also volunteered with the a wide-range of local community organizations, including Animal House, Morris Park Restoration, Ruby Memorial Children's Hospital, and Habitat for Humanity. 

Sallie Lowther Norris Showalter Award for Excellence in Mathematics 
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Worthen is a junior at West Virginia University pursuing her BS in Mathematics and a minor in Leadership Studies. She has been an active member of the Honors LGBTQ+ and Allies Group since her freshman year and is passionate about ensuring the safety and comfort of LGBTQ+ students on campus. Laura chose to study mathematics after recognizing its wide application to different career fields and is currently working as a Process Engineering Intern for Raytheon Technologies focusing on data analysis. She hopes to pursue a Masters Degree in Data Science after graduating from WVU.