Dan Dissertation Award

2014 Dan Dissertation Award Winners Announced!

The Center for Research on Women and Gender is pleased to announce the 2014 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award winners.The winners are Molly McGown from the Department of Anthropology for her research entitled, “Making moral mothers through group care: biopower and the social production of reproductive health knowledge;” Norma Jane Mejias from the Department of Disability and Human Development for her research entitled, “The role of support group involvement in the self-concept of women with disabilities;” and Cara Smulevitz from the Departments of Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies for her research entitled, “Girl, if you make the movie, I promise somebody will see it.” The annual Dan Dissertation award encourages original and significant research about gender and/or women by UIC doctoral students. Recipients are awarded monetary support to assist with their research. The award is open to UIC doctoral students in any field who have completed the requirements for candidacy and have an approved dissertation proposal by the application deadline. To support the Dan Dissertation Award, visit our Support page.

CRWG Dissertation Research Award

The Dan Dissertation award is named after the founding director of the CRWG and long-time faculty member in the College of Nursing, Alice J. Dan, PhD.

The award is open to UIC doctoral students in any field who have completed the requirements for candidacy and have an approved dissertation proposal.

A call for applications typically takes place each spring, with awards announced during the summer. Please check this website for more details and for application requirements.

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Past Dan Award Winners

The Alice J. Dan Dissertation has been awarded annually since 2002.

2013 Rachel Allison, Department of Sociology, “Gender and the Organization of Women’s Professional Soccer”
Amy Brainer, Department of Sociology, “Sexuality and Family Relations in Taiwan”
Camille Quinn, College of Social Work, “Exploring Gender Differences in Juvenile Offenders: Understanding Girls on Probation”
The second place award was given to:
Smita Das, Department of English, “Coolie Empire: Narratives of Race, Gender, and Sexuality”
2012 Laura Nussbaum-Barberena, Department of Anthropology, Engaging the Everyday Politics of Dispossession in South-South Migration: Transnational Organizing Among Nicaraguan Women Migrants and Sending Households
Kelly Underman, Department of Sociology, Gynecological Educator Programs in Chicago: Development and Current Practices
Rachel Venema, College of Social Work, Police Officer Decision Making in Reported Sexual Assault Cases
An honorable Mention was awarded to:
Vanessa Grauzas,
Department of Psychiatry, Effects of Drug Use on Cognition in Women with HIV
2011 Theerarat Boonkuna, College of Nursing, “Job Stress, Coping Strategies, and Perceived Health Status Among Thai Female Home-based Workers”
Erin Sundermann, Department of Psychology, “Genetic Predictors of Cognition in Women with HIV”
2010 Zachary Blair, Department of Anthropology, “Boystown: The Political Economy and Social Geography of Queer Urban Space”
Georgiann Davis, Department of Sociology, “Gender Structure Analysis of the Intersex Rights Movement”
2009 Leah Rubin, Department of Cognitive Psychology, “Effects of Sex Hormones on Cognition in Schizophrenia”
Meg King, Department of English, ” Unattainable Manhood: American Novels and the Late 20th Century Masculinity Crisis”
2008 Deirdre Guthrie, Department of Anthropology, “Intimate Economies in a Dominican Tourist Town”
Catherine Jacquet, Department of History, “Responding to Rape: Contesting the Meanings of Sexual Violence in the U.S. 1950-1980″
2007 Tarini Bedi, Department of Anthropology, “Piety, Violence and the Politics of Performance: Shiv Sena Women and the Feminine Subject in Maharashtra, India”
2006 Elizabeth Collins, Department of History, “Red-Baiting Public Women: Gender, Loyalty, and Red Scare Politics”
Sharon Palo, Department of English, “Domestic Disturbances: The Story of the Public Woman in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction”
2005 Yingyu Chen, Department of Criminal Justice, “Reporting Behavior of Female Victims of Violence: Sexual Assault versus Physical Assault”
Nicole Warren, Department of Maternal-Child Nursing, “The Experiences of Rural Midwives in Mali, West Africa”
2004 Sandra Bibiana Adames, Department of Psychology, “A Critical Assessment of Sociocultural Factors Influencing Intimate Partner Violence Among Latinos”
2003 Lilian Friedberg, Department of Germanic Studies, “A Critical Reception of Ingeborg Bachman”
Jan Warren-Findlow, School of Public Health, “Explanatory Models of Heart Disease in Older Black Women”
2002 Leanne Brecklin, Department of Criminal Justice, “Self-Defense Training and Women’s Responses to Rape Attacks”
Inés Sahagún-Behena, Department of Spanish, French, Italian & Portuguese, “Space and the City in Mexican Women’s Novels, 1980-1990″
Paula (Lori) Watson, Department of Philosophy, “Liberal Democracies, Feminism, and Citizenship”