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The Samia I. Spencer Creative Mentorship Award in Women’s Studies encourages and recognizes the special efforts of Women's Studies affiliate faculty who take an interest in the life and development of Women's Studies students through mentoring that extends beyond the classroom and degree requirements. It rewards both a faculty member and a student for their creative collaboration.
To be eligible for this award, the faculty member must be a faculty affiliate of the Women's Studies Program and the student must have declared the Women's Studies undergraduate or graduate minor. The faculty candidate must have a tangible mentoring relationship with the student, and the focus of their work together needs to be the student’s development of intellectual curiosity and research on issues related to women and gender. The research can stem from coursework, but the mentoring relationship needs to move beyond the classroom instructor-student relationship and/or the graduate advisor-student relationship. For instance, a student writes an excellent paper in a course, and would like to develop it further for a conference presentation or publication. The faculty member agrees to mentor the student as s/he develops the project beyond the coursework or degree requirements.
The award is open to all Women's Studies faculty affiliates and undergraduate and graduate students who have declared the Women's Studies minor. A complete list of WS faculty affiliates can be found here: http://www.cla.auburn.edu/womensstudies/people/affiliates/
The student and the faculty member should prepare an application packet consisting of (1) a letter from the student describing the project and the mentoring relationship, (2) a letter from the faculty member describing the project and the mentoring relationship, and (3) materials that corroborate the project and relationship such as the student’s vita/resume and any related academic activities, including conference presentations and/or publications.
The application material must be submitted in one pdf file via email by January 31, 2017 to the Director of Women's Studies (Joyce de Vries, email@example.com), who will then forward it to a selection committee. The Selection Committee, which will be organized by the Women's Studies Director, will meet to study the applications and select the award recipients. Awardees will be recognized at the Women’s Studies Program Spring Awards Luncheon.
The annual award totals $5000, with $2500 awarded to the selected faculty member and $2500 to his/her student. In the event that the selected application includes multiple faculty members or students, $2500 will be split evenly among eligible faculty members and $2500 among the eligible students.
Last Updated: November 30, 2016