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Scholarships and Awards 2018

The following awards were presented at the annual Honors & Awards Ceremony held on April 12, 2018:

Outstanding Senior: Alayna Kimble
Alayna Kimble will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies and a minor in sociology. She is involved with the WVU Peer Advocates, the American Association of University Women, the Adventure West Virginia Leadership Committee and the Triota National Women’s and Gender Studies Honor Society. Kimble plans to attend graduate school at WVU to prepare for a career in wilderness therapy.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant: Megan McGee
Megan McGee is a PhD candidate in history. She is currently writing her dissertation, which focuses on the creation of multi-ethnic German and North American communities during the French and Indian War. She has taught at WVU for over six years, first as an instructor in the Department of History and then as an instructor in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. She loves teaching about sexism, racism and classism, and tries to use personal experiences and humor to make learning enjoyable.

Sallie Lowther Norris Showalter Award for Excellence  in Mathematics and Related Disciplines
Anna Katharine Turner
A sophomore majoring in Physics, Ms Turner took her first Women’s & Gender Studies courses after a suggestion from a male professor that she should leave mathematics to men.  She is committed to continuing to work to “be a catalyst of positive change in redefining society’s view of how a STEM professional is supposed to look.” In recommending Anna Katharine, one of her referee’s states “It gives me such hope for the future of our feminine youth to see such a bright, talented young woman blazing her own pathway in a field such as STEM which in the past has been almost exclusively male dominated.”

Velma Miller/West Virginia Alliance for Women’s & Gender Studies Graduate Scholar Award
Lacey Bonar
Lacey is committed to social justice issues, particularly gender equity and halting the violence against women in modern society. She uses her work in the medieval period to inform her work with current ideas in women’s and gender studies in her classes.  By providing a rich context to students’ ideas of the body, and by guiding students as they learn to think critically, Lacey is able to encourage her students to recognize systemic oppression and brainstorm ways to effect change.

Winifred South Knutti Graduate Scholarship in Women’s Studies
Recipient: Catherine Ferrari
Ms. Ferrari’s research explores the social, family and legal stories behind elite women in seventeenth-century Turin. Her study explores how these women simultaneously challenged family members in court to assert property rights, and yet continued to collaborate in private and public life with these same legal opponents to maintain crucial family relationships and networks. This study contributes to the growing literature on women's "social citizenship" that preceded political rights by examining how women interfaced with and used the law to their advantage.  A few years older than most students, Katy has already earned a law degree and worked as an attorney in Italy and as a professional translator.  She has already defended her PhD dissertation proposal while managing a lively kindergartner and a new baby.

Judy Mossburg Faculty, Staff, and Student Development Grant
Recipients: Martina Caretta and Autumn Mayle
Dr. Caretta, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology and Geography, has been conducting ethnographic research in West Virginia on women’s resistance against the extractive industry. She will use her grant to join colleagues in the field in Ecuador as a first step toward writing a proposal for an inter-American research program on this subject.

Autumn Mayle is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History. She will use her grant to defray the cost of airfare to and rail travel costs in England where she will spend two weeks completing research for her dissertation which explores middle-class women’s philanthropic networks during the first half of the nineteenth century.