UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State

February 22, 2019

Luskin Conference Center, UCLA


Call for Submissions:  

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women invites submissions of graduate student paper, roundtable presentation, and poster proposals, and undergraduate student poster proposals for our 29th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference. 

This year’s conference theme, Feminists Confronting the Carceral State, will focus on gendered regimes of captivity, state violence, and incarceration, emphasizing feminist, queer, trans, abolitionist, and intersectional interventions. The conference will feature a keynote panel of scholars and activists, including:  

  • Beth Richie, Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Alisa Bierria, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
  • Romarilyn Ralston, Program Coordinator, Project Rebound, California State University Fullerton
  • Colby Lenz, Organizer, Survived and Punished and California Coalition of Women Prisoners; and PhD Student, American Studies and Ethnicity, USC 


Much of the policy and research on punishment in the United States has focused on men. Yet, the history and contemporary reality of women’s subjugation to systems of punishment also runs deep and warrants further exploration. Many young women and girls, especially Black, Brown, and Native girls, are ensnared in the carceral state where they are criminalized and surveilled in schools, foster systems, and in their communities. Moreover, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals are particularly vulnerable to policing and incarceration and state-sanctioned violence.

Feminist abolitionist Angela Davis has illuminated the carceral state’s gendered structure, elaborating the numerous ways that women and LGBTQ communities are made vulnerable to violence, oppression, and harm. In addition to examining the complex range of regimes that constitute the carceral state, and the modes of violence therein, Feminists Confronting the Carceral State heeds Davis’s call for abolition democracy, including broad societal change: the “demilitarization of schools, revitalization of education at all levels, a health system that provides free physical and mental care to all, and a justice system based on reparation and reconciliation rather than retribution and vengeance” (Davis, 2003, pg. 107). This begs the question: how do feminists lead this modern abolitionist movement and rebuild a society deeply scarred by its own criminal justice system?

Feminists Confronting the Carceral State invites presenters to think through approaches that consider the social contexts in which the carceral state operates in feminist, queer, intersectional, and critical ways. Given recent re-commitments to “tough on crime” beliefs and policies, feminists must be at the forefront of resisting and dismantling the carceral state in all areas of society.  

We invite proposals for papers, roundtable presentations, and posters from graduate students, and posters from undergraduate students. Successful submissions will center analyses of sexuality, gender, and/or feminism.  This is an interdisciplinary conference and we encourage submissions from all fields of study. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • State-sponsored violence
  • Racialized policing and surveillance
  • Studies of specific institutional modes of power, such as prisons, jails, and detention centers
  • Processes of carceral expansion
  • Immigration and detention
  • Anti-carceral art 
  • Transformative justice 
  • Cultural logics of white supremacy, settler colonialism, and xenophobia
  • Cultural/media representations of incarceration
  • Historical and contemporary abolitionist, feminist, and queer anti-carceral activism/organizing
  • histories of captivity and imprisonment 
  • Youth/girlhood
  • Political repression
  • “Gender responsive” punishment and carceral feminism
  • Prisons, toxicitiy, and the environment
  • Reproductive justice
  • Criminalization of gender and sexual nonconformity
  • Political economies of punishment
  • Social institutions and carceral control (i.e. education, foster care, mental health, housing, health care)
  • Transnational and diasporic analyses

Thinking Gender 2019 Submission Guidelines 


Eligibility

Registered graduate students from any institution are eligible to submit paper, roundtable presentation, and poster proposals.

Registered undergraduate students from any institution are eligible to submit proposals for poster presentations only.

Individuals may present in only one capacity at the conference, although graduate students may submit an application to be considered in all presentation categories.

Unpublished papers are preferred for submission. Recently published and forthcoming papers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Registration Fee

To participate in Thinking Gender, successful applicants will be required to pay a registration fee of $50, the entirety of which will go towards covering conference costs. 


Deadlines for Proposal Submissions  

Papers, Posters, Roundtable Sessions: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 11:59PM PDT

Once submissions are reviewed and accepted, all participants in the paper panel sessions will be required to submit a draft of their paper by Monday, January 28, 2019, for pre-circulation among their co-panelists and faculty moderator.


Modes of Research Participation

  

**GRADUATE STUDENT APPLICANTS ONLY: If you would like your application to be considered for more than one type of presentation, please follow the submission guidelines for Paper Panel Presentations.** 

Graduate Paper Panel Presentations:

Paper Panels will be made up of of graduate student paper presenters and a faculty moderator who will read and provide detailed feedback and questions on each paper. Paper presentations will be 12 minutes long. Panelists will be required to submit their paper drafts by January 28, 2019, for pre-circulation among their co-panelists and faculty moderator.

Panel Presentation application requirements:

  1. Paper proposal (2-3 double-spaced page maximum) that includes a thesis/research question, discussion of methodology and theoretical framework, explanation of your argument and supporting data, and conclusions or anticipated conclusions
  2. Works Cited or Reference List (1 page maximum)
  3. CV (2 page maximum)


Graduate Roundtable Sessions:

Roundtable sessions will provide presenters and attendees the opportunity to interact and engage with one another’s scholarship in a less formal setting than a Paper Panel. Graduate students with papers in development who are not yet ready to present on a paper panel are encouraged to apply for a roundtable presentation. Presenters will each have 5 minutes to present their work and 5 minutes for feedback, to be followed by general discussion with roundtable participants. Accepted proposals will be grouped by shared themes and interests, and assigned to a roundtable chair who will facilitate the discussion. 

Roundtable Session application requirements: 

  1. Proposal abstract (200 words maximum) that includes a thesis/research question, discussion of your argument, and anticipated conclusions
  2. Works Cited or Reference List (1 page maximum)
  3. CV (2 page maximum)


Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Session:

Graduate and Undergraduate students will present visually compelling research posters. During the poster session, each presenter will be present with their poster for discussions and questions with circulating attendees. Posters will remain on display throughout the conference.

Poster application requirements:

  1. Poster proposal (1-2 double-spaced page maximum) that includes a thesis/research question, discussion of methodology and theoretical framework, explanation of your argument and supporting data, and conclusions or anticipated conclusions
  2. Works Cited or Reference List(1 page maximum)
  3. CV (2 page maximum)


All materials must be submitted online using the form below. 

Only complete submissions received by the deadline will be considered.


Questions?

Contact Shena Sanchez, 2019 Thinking Gender Conference Coordinator, at thinkinggender@women.ucla.edu.

The Center for the Study of Women offers grants to all UCLA ladder faculty for research development, new project development that may lead to external funding opportunities through CSW, and project completion that could be considered for CSW publications (policy briefs, research reports).

Preference will be given to junior faculty and projects that link to CSW’s current research projects (i.e., Chemical Entanglements, Gender and Water, Feminist Anti-Carceral Studies, Sexual Violence and Intersectionality). For more information regarding CSW’s current research projects, visit here.

Amount: Ranges from $1500-$3000

Deadline: Monday, May 6, 2019

Criteria

  • Applicants must be UCLA tenure-track faculty and can apply for support for research projects on gender, sexuality, and/or women's issues.
  • Faculty are not eligible to receive a Faculty Research Grant (formerly known as Faculty Development Grant) within three years of their receipt of an earlier one
  • Recipients must agree to the following

-Submit a final report describing the project outcomes

-Acknowledge CSW in all public informational materials and publications resulting from the grant

-Provide an article or blog post for a CSW publication

-Provide one of the following services based on CSW need: 1) Serve on an awards committee, 2) Moderate a panel at the Thinking Gender Conference, or 3) Present research findings in a public forum sponsored by CSW (if needed)

 To Apply

The application requires the following documents:

  1. Research Proposal (maximum 3 single-spaced description that includes the title and an explanation of the proposed research)
  2. Bibliography
  3. Itemized Budget (1 page describing how funds will be used)
  4. Supporting Documents (quotes/invoices) of Budget Items (e.g., if airfare, provide copy of airfare prices if ticket is not yet purchased)
  5. Curriculum Vitae


Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, May 6, 2019.

 

DESCRIPTION OF AWARD 

The Center for the Study of Women and Institute for American Cultures established the joint Research Excellence Award for Associate Professors in January 2017. This Award consists of a monograph manuscript (or equivalent) workshop organized by CSW-IAC to promote continuing excellence in scholarship by UCLA professors at the associate level addressing questions important to the fields of critical race and postcolonial studies and/or gender, sexuality, and ethnic studies.

 

NOMINATION PROCESS 

Candidates for the award must be nominated by a fellow faculty member (inside or outside of UCLA) committed to co-organizing the workshop alongside the CSW-IAC selection committee and staff. 


STRUCTURE OF WORKSHOPS
Each workshop will feature a distinguished outside reader from the awardee’s field who will prepare detailed written reports in preparation for the workshop discussion. Also invited will be a select group of local colleagues and intellectual interlocutors who will also have had an opportunity to read the manuscript or portions thereof. These workshops will offer awardees an extended and detailed discussion of his or her manuscript and a pragmatic plan of action for revisions.  

 

DEADLINE
Monday, March 11, 2019

TO APPLY
The application requires the following materials:  

 

  1. Two-page (single-spaced) abstract of the book manuscript, including a progress report on state of completion by the time of the workshop
  2. Curriculum Vitae, with past service to or collaboration with IAC and/or CSW highlighted
  3. Letter of Nomination, noting three potential outside readers of the manuscript

  

Application may be submitted by nominator or nominee.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 11, 2019.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Kristina Magpayo Nyden, Management Services Officer, at kristina@women.ucla.edu.



Funded by Dr. Pat Zukow and CSW supporters, the Center for the Study of Women awards a set of grants that are available only to CSW Research Affiliates. Honoring the memory of a writer who documented the silences imposed on women by family and work responsibilities and financial need, the Tillie Olsen Grants provide funding to support exceptional research and projects by CSW Research Affiliates.


Amount: Up to three $750 grants per year (based on budget submitted)

Deadline: Monday, May 6, 2019


Criteria:

  • Only CSW Research Affiliates may apply
  • Expenses must be incurred from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
  • Grants may be used to support participation in scholarly conferences, travel to research sites, purchase of specialized research materials, or procurement of technical services
  • Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the project and/or financial need
  • Research Affiliates may apply in successive or multiple years.
  • Recipients are required to 1) write a blog post about their research activities for the CSW website and 2) acknowledge CSW in all publications resulting from this project
  • Award payment is paid via reimbursement based on budget and receipts submitted

To Apply:

The application requires the documents listed below. 

  1. Research Project Abstract (maximum 2 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Itemized Budget (1 page describing how funds will be used)
  3. Supporting Documents (quotes/invoices) of Budget Items (e.g., if airfare, provide copy of airfare prices if ticket is not yet purchased)
  4. Curriculum Vitae

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, May 6 2019.

Funded through donations from friends and supporters of the Center for the Study of Women, travel grants assist graduate and undergraduate UCLA students with travel expenses related to academic or professional conference presentations and field research on women, gender, and sexuality.

CSW offers two grant cycles every year. For the Fall cycle (deadline in November), only travel that occurs between July 1-December 31 in the respective year will be considered. For the Spring cycle (deadline in April), only travel that occurs between January 1-June 30 in the respective year will be considered. If your application is selected, award will be paid via reimbursement based on receipts after travel is completed. 

CSW cannot reimburse travel to states on the law AB 1887 prohibited list. Law AB 1887 prohibits state-funded travel to a state that has passed a law that (1) authorizes discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or (2) voids or repeals existing state or local protections against such discrimination. For more information and the current list of states, visit Notice of New Law AB 1887 and FAQs regarding AB 1887 Requirements. If your travel is to a state on the list, we cannot accept your application.


Amount: $400 maximum (award amount varies)


Deadline: Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Criteria:

  • Travel for the fall grant must occur on or between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018
  • Awardees will be selected on the basis of merit
  • Awardees must be registered UCLA students and preferably a woman. Awardees must also be registered during the quarter when travel occurs and when the reimbursement is processed. For summer, students must be enrolled in the preceding spring quarter and subsequent fall or winter quarters.
  • Travel must be for research or a conference pertaining to women, gender, and sexuality.
  • For conference travel, awardee must provide evidence that the paper was delivered at a conference
  • CSW reimburses the awardee only after receiving original (hard copy) receipts for eligible travel expenses
  • Awardees will be honored at the CSW Awards Reception at UCLA in May/June 2019. Attendance is highly encouraged.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.  

To Apply:

The application requires the documents listed below:

  1. Proposal describing research project or conference paper (maximum 2 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts
  4. One Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the research for which you are applying

Letter of Recommendation
The letter of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the reference's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including the letter of recommendation, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Funded through donations from friends and supporters of the Center for the Study of Women, travel grants assist graduate and undergraduate UCLA students with travel expenses related to academic or professional conference presentations and field research on women, gender, and sexuality.

CSW offers two grant cycles every year. For the Fall cycle (deadline in November), only travel that occurs between July 1-December 31 in the respective year will be considered. For the Spring cycle (deadline in April), only travel that occurs between January 1-June 30 in the respective year will be considered. If your application is selected, award will be paid via reimbursement based on receipts after travel is completed.

CSW cannot reimburse travel to states on the law AB 1887 prohibited list. Law AB 1887 prohibits state-funded travel to a state that has passed a law that (1) authorizes discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or (2) voids or repeals existing state or local protections against such discrimination. For more information and the current list of states, visit Notice of New Law AB 1887 and FAQs regarding AB 1887 Requirements. If your travel is to a state on the list, we cannot accept your application.


Amount: $400 maximum (award amount varies)


Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019


Criteria:

  • Travel for the spring grant must occur on or between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019 
  • Awardees will be selected on the basis of merit
  • Awardees must be registered UCLA students and preferably a woman. Awardees must also be registered during the quarter when travel occurs and when the reimbursement is processed. For summer, students must be enrolled in the preceding spring quarter and subsequent fall or winter quarters.
  • Travel must be for research or a conference pertaining to women, gender, and sexuality.
  • For conference travel, awardee must provide evidence that the paper was delivered at a conference
  • CSW reimburses the awardee only after receiving original (hard copy) receipts for eligible travel expenses
  •  Awardees will be honored at the CSW Awards Reception at UCLA in May/June 2019. Attendance is highly encouraged.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.  

To Apply:

The application requires the documents listed below:

  1. Proposal describing project or conference paper (maximum 2 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts
  4. One Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the research for which you are applying

Letter of Recommendation
The letter of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the reference's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including the letter of recommendation, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, April 1, 2019.

This award recognizes an outstanding research report, master’s thesis, dissertation, or published article related to women and health or women in health-related endeavors. It is named for Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., the first woman to graduate from medical school, and made possible by the generosity of Dr. Barbara “Penny” Kanner. 


Amount: One $1000 award


Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019


Criteria:

  • Applicant must be currently registered in a graduate program at UCLA
  • The research report, master’s thesis, dissertation, or published article must have been written while the applicant was enrolled in a UCLA graduate program
  • Multi-authored articles will be considered, if the applicant can demonstrate a significant contribution to the research
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Reception at UCLA in May/June 2019. Attendance is highly encouraged.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

To Apply:

The application requires the documents listed below:

  1. Research report or an abstract/summary of a master’s thesis, dissertation, or published article (maximum 6 single-spaced pages. including works cited)

- For published or accepted work, the committee will accept the published abstract and excerpts from the material to total no more than the allotted length of 6 pages in lieu of a written summary.

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts

4. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members of any university

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, April 1, 2019.

This award recognizes an outstanding research report, thesis, or published article related to women and health or women in health-related endeavors. Named for Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., the first woman to graduate from medical school, it is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Barbara “Penny” Kanner.

Amount: One $1000 award


Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019


Criteria:

  • Applicant must be currently registered in an undergraduate program at UCLA
  • The research report, thesis, or published article must have been written while the applicant was enrolled in a UCLA undergraduate program
  • Multi-authored articles will be considered if the applicant can demonstrate a significant contribution to the research
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Reception at UCLA in May/June 2019. Attendance is highly encouraged.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

To Apply:

The application requires the documents listed below:

  1. Research report or an abstract/summary of a thesis or published article (maximum 6 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
    - For published or accepted work, the committee will accept the published abstract and excerpts from the material to total no more than the allotted length of 6 pages in lieu of a written summary.
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (For transfer students, community college transcripts are welcome if applicant feels it will strengthen application.)
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members of any university

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, April 1, 2019.

This award will help fund a promising law or graduate student’s research focusing on women and the law with preference given to research on women in the criminal/legal justice system. It is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Jean Stone to honor her daughter, Paula Stone.

Amount: One $3000 fellowship


Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019


Criteria:

  • Applicant must be registered in a J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., or Ph.D. program at UCLA
  • Applicant must be pursuing independent research, the results of which are suitable for publication as an academic article or book
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Reception at UCLA in May/June 2019. Attendance is highly encouraged.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.  

To Apply:


The application requires the documents listed below. 

  1. Research Project Abstract or Proposal (maximum 5 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members of any university

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Barbara "Penny" Kanner, the Penny Kanner Dissertation Research Fellowship funds an exceptional dissertation research project that pertains to women or gender that uses historical materials and methods.


Amount: One $3000 fellowship


Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019


Criteria:

  • The object of study may derive from the social sciences, literature, or the arts
  • Applicant must be registered in a doctoral program at UCLA
  • Dissertation prospectus must pertain to women and/or gender
  • Research must use historical materials
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Reception at UCLA in May/June 2019. Attendance is highly encouraged.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

To Apply:


The application requires the documents listed below. 

  1. Dissertation Abstract or Proposal (maximum 5 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members of any university

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Jean Stone, this fellowship funds an exceptional graduate student dissertation research project focusing on women and gender.

  Amount: One $3000 fellowship


Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019


Criteria:

  • Applicant must be engaged in research on women and/or gender
  • Applicant must be registered in a doctoral program at UCLA
  • Applicant must be advanced to candidacy by award application deadline 
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Reception at UCLA in May/June 2019. Attendance is highly encouraged.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

To Apply:


The application requires the documents listed below. 

  1. Dissertation Abstract or Proposal (maximum 5 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members of any university

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, April 1, 2019.

This fellowship honors the life and continues the work of Constance Coiner, Ph.D. 1987, who died along with her daughter Ana Duarte-Coiner on TWA Flight 800, June 1996. Click here for more information about Constance and Ana.

Amount: One $1500 fellowship


Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019


Criteria:

  • Applicant must be registered in a doctoral program at UCLA
  • Applicant must be advanced to candidacy by the award application date
  • Applicant’s research must focus on feminist and working-class issues
  • Applicant must reflect a genuine interest in both teaching and research that center on working-class studies and feminist issues
  • Applicant must demonstrate excellence in teaching and a commitment to teaching as activism
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Reception at UCLA in May/June 2019. Attendance is expected.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

To Apply:

The application requires the following documents: 

  1. Personal Essay (5 single-spaced pages maximum):
    a. Discuss how you make sense intellectually of the ways in which society defines and responds to gender, and/or socioeconomic class, and/or racial and ethnic background.  

    b. Drawing on your life and academic activities, discuss how your beliefs and values about gender, class, and race influence your community work, academic study/research, and approach to teaching philosophy. Include details pertaining to your activities, such as the following:
    • Coursework, internships, field studies, and employment
    • Teaching philosophy, teaching experience, and educational service programs
    • Extracurricular activities and service programs, including offices held and leadership roles
    • Participation in programs that promote (1) academic opportunities for students from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and (2) community activities for feminist and/or social change

    2. Curriculum Vitae

    3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts

    4. Two Letters of Recommendation: One letter from a faculty member of any university focused on scholarship and academic achievement and another  letter from a faculty member focused on your teaching experience.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form and an email will be sent via Submittable (once the application is submitted) to the recommender with instructions on uploading.


Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, April 1, 2019.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

This fellowship honors and continues the work of Constance Coiner, Ph.D. 1987, who died along with her daughter Ana Duarte-Coiner on TWA Flight 800, June 1996. Click here for information about Constance and Ana.


Amount: One $750 award


Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019


Criteria:

  • The prize will be offered to low income undergraduate students who demonstrate an early interest in working-class and feminist issues, as well activist practice for social change
  • Applicant must be an upper-division student enrolled at UCLA
  • Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Reception at UCLA in May/June 2019. Attendance is expected.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

To Apply:

The application requires the documents listed below:

  1. Personal Essay (maximum 1500 words)
    a. Discuss how you make sense intellectually of the ways in which society defines and responds to gender, socioeconomic class, and racial and ethnic background.

    b. Drawing on your life and academic activities, discuss what you believe and value about gender, class, or race and how you act on those beliefs and values through your work and study. Include details pertaining to your activities, such as the following:
    • Coursework, internships, field studies, and employment
    • Campus- or community-based activities/service programs
    • Tutoring experiences
    • Leadership roles

    2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

    3. Unofficial UCLA Transcript (For transfer students, community college transcripts are welcomed if applicant feels it will strengthen application.)

    4. Two Letters of Recommendation: One letter from a faculty member of any university and another letter from a faculty or non-faculty recommender who is knowledgeable about your community work.


Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender's email address in the form, and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.


Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, April 1, 2019.


If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

This scholarship, made possible through the generous donation of Dr. Myrna Hant, rewards the rebirth of academic aspirations among women whose college careers were interrupted or delayed by family and/or career obligations and encourages achievement in the pursuit of a bachelor's degree at UCLA.

Amount: Two $1000 scholarships


Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019


Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a registered UCLA undergraduate woman who started or returned to college after a number of years
  • Applicant may also have transferred from a community college to UCLA with junior status
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Reception at UCLA in May/June 2019. Attendance is expected.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at www.financialaid.ucla.edu
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.  

To Apply:


The application requires the documents listed below:

  1. Personal Essay (maximum 3 single-spaced pages): Describe (1) your path to a college degree; (2) what you have accomplished academically, personally, and in the community; and (3) what earning a degree from UCLA means to you. 
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (Community college transcripts are welcome if applicant feels it will strengthen the application.)
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation: One letter from a faculty member of any university and another letter from a faculty or non-faculty member who is knowledgeable about your community service

Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the reference's email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the references with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to csw@csw.ucla.edu with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Call for Graduate Student Researchers

2018-2019 Academic Year

The Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is hiring two 25% Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) for the 2018-19 academic year. Position includes graduate student fee remissions benefits. Possibility of continuation of appointment based on satisfactory performance.


JOB DUTIES

Duties will be shared by two GSRs based on expertise; each individual GSR will not be responsible for all of the items below.  

  • Undergraduate Research Mentorship: Mentor a group of undergraduate researchers who are contributing to CSW’s Chemical Entanglements project (https://csw.ucla.edu/cswresearch/chemical-entanglements). Mentorship duties may include meeting regularly with student researchers and providing training on archival, ethnographic, oral history, statistical, survey, or other research techniques as needed.
  • Interviews and Oral Histories: Conduct oral history and/or ethnographic research through phone, in-person, and/or video interviews. Projects may include oral histories of environmental illness as part of Chemical Entanglements and oral histories of past CSW leadership, faculty, and students as part of CSW’s 35th Anniversary commemoration.
  • Archival Research: Conduct research in the UCLA University Archives housed in Library Special Collections on the institutional history of CSW in preparation for CSW’s 35th Anniversary commemoration.
  • Surveys and Data Analysis: Create and edit surveys and other data collection instruments. Assist in preparing project proposals for Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval. Analyze data and present findings in the form of charts, visualizations, and reports.
  • General Research: Read, interpret, and evaluate primary and secondary sources. Summarize sources and compile comprehensive and accurate annotated bibliographies, literature reviews, and reading lists.
  • Writing: Compose high-quality content for online publications (blog posts, social media posts), literature reviews, research summaries and reports, policy briefs, and newsletters.
  • Editing: Assist CSW staff in copy-editing, typesetting, and preparing journal articles and other documents for publication. 
  • Grant Support: Conduct research on potential grant opportunities and contribute to grant applications and proposals.
  • Networking: Identify and conduct outreach with scholars outside of UCLA to solicit contributions to research projects. Assist in disseminating CSW research to scholars at UCLA and beyond.
  • Event Support: Staff CSW events, conferences, and symposia.

Hours are flexible but students must maintain regular schedule.


QUALIFICATIONS

Students who meet some, but not all, qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply. We plan to hire two GSRs in order to cover all required duties. 

  • UCLA graduate student (master’s or doctorate) in good academic standing.
  • Skills or interest in gender studies, archival or information studies, history, oral history, ethnography, cultural studies, science and technology studies, public policy, public health, environmental studies, or related fields.
  • Experience applying for federal and foundation grants from agencies and organizations including the NIH, NEH, and others.
  • Experience conducting interviews for oral history or ethnographic projects.
  • Experience developing surveys and data collection instruments.
  • Experience analyzing, synthesizing, and summarizing quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Experience using survey administration software such as Survey Monkey and Qualtrics.
  • Experience teaching and/or mentoring undergraduate students.
  • Organized, responsible, thorough, timely, and able to work in a team.
  • Adept at finding information by conducting library and online research using primary and secondary sources.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills. Prior experience in editing or publications is highly desirable.
  • Able and willing to read academic texts from a variety of disciplines (including those outside your field of study). Ability to coherently, comprehensively, and accurately synthesize and summarize information from academic texts.
  • Ability to work independently on a project and meet deadlines and benchmarks.
  • Ability to develop meeting agendas and prepare meeting notes and minutes.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.) 


APPLICATION MATERIALS

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. Interviews will begin as soon as possible.

  • Cover Letter (no more than 2 pages): Concisely use this statement to 1) specify the Job Duties you are interested in (from the list), 2) explain how you specifically qualify for the Job Duties via the list of Qualifications, and 3) identify which CSW research projects interest you and how you can best serve them.
  • CV
  • Writing Sample (no more than 10 pages and must be sole-authored)
  • Contact information for two references


WORK STUDY

Work study funding is not required for these positions. However, if applicant qualifies for work study for the 18-19 academic year, please indicate on application.

Center for the Study of Women