SWS is pleased to recognize many forms of outstanding feminist work. The following awards and scholarships are presented at our Awards Banquet during the Summer Meeting, held each August, with the exception of the Undergraduate Social Action Award which is presented at the Winter Meeting

 The Awards Committee is comprised of an elected chair, two elected members (who chair the Feminist Activism and Feminist Lecturer committees), and the chairs of each other award committee, listed below.

Awards Committee Chair: Anastasia Prokos: [email protected]

Elected Committee Members:

Carrie Lee Smith: [email protected]

Melanie Heath (outgoing): [email protected]

Josephine Beoku-Betts (incoming): [email protected]


Awards, Individual Award Chairs, and Award Selection Committees

Barbara Rosenblum Cancer Dissertation Scholarship
This scholarship is designed to encourage doctoral research on women’s experience of breast cancer and other reproductive cancers, as well as the prevention of these cancers. The scholarship also supports efforts to make sociological research on these topics available to the public.

Contact: Chair, Gayle Sulik [email protected]

Selection Committee: Jan Thomas, Ana Porroche Escudero

Deadline: April 1, 2015


Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a dissertation writing PhD student who has studied for at least one full academic year at a two-year college in the U.S., before transferring to complete a BA.

Contact: Chair, Myra Marx Ferree [email protected]

Selection Committee: Sarah Bruch, Denise Copelton, Mary Jean Cravens, Mairead Moloney, Nancy Naples

Deadline: April 1, 2015


Cheryl Allyn Miller Award
This award recognizes a sociology graduate student, or a recent doctorate, whose research or activism constitutes an outstanding contribution to the field of women and work.

Contact: Co-Chairs, Amy Leisenring ([email protected]) and Catherine Solomon ([email protected])

Selection Committee: Yasemin Besen-Cassino

Deadline: April 1, 2015


Feminist Activism Award
This annual award recognizes an SWS member who has made notable contributions to improving the lives of women in society, especially through activism.

Contact: Chair, Melanie Heath [email protected]

Selection Committee: Margaret Abraham, Josephine Beoku-Betts, Gail Wallace

Campus Visit Committee: Margaret Abraham, Melanie Heath, Gail Wallace

Deadline: March 1, 2015


Feminist Lecturer Award
Founded in 1985, this lectureship was created to recognize those whose scholarship employs a feminist perspective. The goal is to make these scholars more available to campuses where such a voice is unusual and/or unwelcome.

Contact: Chair, Carrie Lee Smith [email protected]

Selection Committee: Liz Borland, Maggie Andersen

Deadline: March 1, 2015


Mentoring Award
This award honors an SWS member who is an outstanding feminist mentor.

Contact: Co-Chairs, Laura Kramer ([email protected]) and Wendy Simonds ([email protected])

Selection Committee: Christine Williams, Nancy Jurik, and Michael Messner

Deadline: March 1, 2015


Chow Green Dissertation Scholarship
This scholarship offers support to women scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally.

Contact: Co-Chairs, Lorena Garcia and Chandra Waring:  [email protected]

Selection Committee: Corinne Castro, Lorena Garcia, Veronica Montes, Chandra Waring

Deadline: April 1, 2015


Undergraduate Social Action Award

Given at the Winter meeting, this award carries on the tradition of acknowledging, affirming and inviting students to participate in SWS.

Contact: Sylvanna Falcon

[email protected]

Deadline: November 1, 2015.