Undergraduate Prizes

FGSS Award winners holding their prizes and smiling

The Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies awards annual prizes for outstanding papers and Honors or MA theses on topics related to gender, feminism, and sexuality. Upcoming contests for undergraduate and coterm writers are listed below. The deadline for 2022-23 submissions is Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

Each prize carries a cash award of $500. The Rosaldo and Lopes prizes are given in two divisions: The Honors Thesis Division (including coterminal Master’s theses) and the Paper Division. The Monica P. Moore prize is given in one division: Honors or coterminal Master's theses. All prizes are conferred by the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at our annual community end-of-the-year banquet.

For more information about each prize and how to enter a submission, check out the links below.

Recipients

The 2023 Francisco Lopes Prizes for work the Humanities

Malavika Kannan (Junior, Comparative Literature) 

Paper: "Spirited Wives: Negotiating Nationalism in Autobiographies by 19th Century Indian Women" in Partha Shil’s FEMGEN 196C: Resisting Empire: Anti-colonial Nationalism, Popular Politics & Decolonization in Modern South Asia

Julia Lindsay Milani (Senior, History) 

Thesis: "Conduct Becoming and Unbecoming of Students: Public Discourses on Dating, Sexuality, Gender, and Consent at Stanford University, 1919-1941" Advisor, Professor Kathryn Olivarius (History)

The 2023 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prizes for work the Social Sciences

Solange Melissa Severino de Oliveira (Junior, Political Science) 

Paper: “Human Trafficking in Brazil: Explaining the Lack of Data on Trafficking in Women” in Katherine Jolluck’s FEMGEN 105C: Human Trafficking: Historical, Legal, and Medical Perspectives 

Luke Babbitt (Senior, Political Science) 

Thesis: “Gender in the Cradle: Evaluating Gender Assignment as a Social Norm,” written in the FGSS Interdisciplinary Honors Program

Advisor, Professor Michael Rosenfeld (Sociology)

The 2023 Monica P. Moore Prize for Best Creative Thesis

KIRSTEN METTLER (Senior, Political Science) 

"TL;DR Pixel Dick," written in the FGSS Interdisciplinary Honors Program under the Advisor, Sarah Frisch (Jones Lecturer)

2022 Recipients

The 2022 Francisco Lopes Prizes for work the Humanities

TOBI BANKOLE (Sophomore, History) for her paper “Sex Outside of Sex: Rhetorics of Penetration in Imperial Roman Public Life,” written for Professor Walter Schiedel’s History 102A: The Romans.

ZUYI ZHAO (Senior, Religious Studies) for her thesis “‘Seeing a Woman, He Looked Down on Her, for He Did Not Know of Her Virile Mind’: Bodily Disruption and the Transformation of Gender in Christian and Buddhist Hagiography,” written under Thesis Advisor Professor Paul Harrison.

The 2022 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prizes for work the Social Sciences

REGINA KONG (Junior, Comp Lit/Art Practice) for her paper “A Woman’s Work: Female Fishermen and Neoliberal Constructions of Masculinity,” written in Dr. Cassie Wright's PWR2 course Hear/Say: The Art of Rhetorical Listening.

ARI PEFLEY (Senior, Sociology) for their thesis “‘Let’s Just Say Queer’: Diverse Perspectives on Gender and Sexual Identity Labels Among Transgender, Nonbinary, Gender Expansive, and Gender Nonconforming Young Adults,” written under Thesis Advisor Professor Aliya Saperstein.

The 2022 Monica P. Moore Prize for Best Creative Thesis

SYD WESTLEY (Senior, Comp Lit) for "The Nudes," written through the Honors in the Arts program under the advisement of two Stegnar fellows in Poetry, Monika Sok and Paul Tran. 

2021 Recipients

The 2021 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences

Matthew Zheng for their paper, "Queer Biopolitics in Authoritarian China" (written in Adrian Daub's FEMGEN 239, Queer Theory)

The 2021 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities

Ekalan Hou for her paper, "Eat Pecola Breedlove, Love Pecola Breedlove, Be Pecola Breedlove: Digestion and Desire in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye" (written in Anna Mukamal's ENG 5B course, Mental Health and Literature, Midcentury to Present)

Elizabeth Lindqwister for her thesis, "Neither Male Nor Female”: Resurrecting Spiritual Genderlessness in the Life of the Public Universal Friend, 1776 - 1819" (Advisor Jonathan Gienapp)

The 2021 Monica P. Moore Prize for Creative Thesis

Julia Adams for her thesis, "Masculinity Syndrome" (Advisor Valerie Miner)

2020 Recipients

The 2020 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences

Margot Bellon for her paper, "Queer Latin American Rights, Health, and Culture: An Overview," which she wrote for the course SOMGEN 130: Sexual Diversity and Function Across Medical Disciplines under the guidance of Marcia Stefanick

 
Tee Hoatson for their thesis, "Politicizing Substance Addiction in Trans and Gendernonconforming Communities," which they wrote for the Honors program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies under the guidance of Angela Garcia, Chelsea Shover, and Maxe Crandall
 

The 2020 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities

Shiriel King Abramson for her paper, "A Partner to a Founding Father: Abigail Adams' Epistolary Advocacy for Women's Education," which she wrote for the course AMSTUD 150A: Colonial and Revolutionary America under the guidance of Jack Rakove
 

Ben Maldonado for his thesis, "Perfect Marriage, Perfect Race: Eugenic Prescriptions in American Marriage Manuals, 1900-1945," which he wrote for the Honors Program in the Department of History under the guidance of Estelle Freedman and Jennifer Burns

2019 Recipients

The 2019 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences

Loralee Sepsey for her paper, “Intergenerational Community Attitudes and Perceptions of Gender-Based Violence on the Big Pine Paiute Reservation," which she wrote for EDU 197/FEMGEN 297/SOC 134: Gender and Education in Global and Comparative Perspectives" under the guidance of Christine Min Wotipka

Xavier Fields, for the thesis, “The Influence of Anti-LGBT Discrimination Laws on School Climate and Outcomes for LGBT Youth,” which was written for the Public Policy Program under the direction of Christine Min Wotipka

The 2019 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities

Shiriel King Abramson for her paper, “Untethering Capitalism: A Woolfian reading of Susan Faludi's Backlash," which was written for FEMGEN 125V: Virginia Woolf in the Age of #MeToo, under the guidance of Alice Staveley

Azucena Marquez for the thesis, “Ambivalent Empowerment: Trends in Discrimination Against Aspiring Female Attorneys in Prestigious Law Schools, 1960 – 2000s," which was written for the Department of History Honors Program under the guidance of Estelle Freedman

2018 Recipients

The 2018 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences

Jennifer Forro for her paper, “Heroic Rapists? Prosecuting Rape Trials in the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia,” which she wrote for her PWR course under the guidance of Professor Clara Lewis

Oscar Lee for his thesis, “Consuming Feeling, Desiring Work: On the Politics of Imagination in Dallas,” which he wrote for the Department of Anthropology under the guidance of Professors Paula Ebron and Sylvia Yaganisako

The 2018 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities

Lena Giger for her paper, “The Right to Participate and the Right to Compete: Stanford Athletics,” written under the guidance of Professor Estelle Freedman as a part of the History research seminar for majors

Nikki Tran for her thesis, “Institutionalizing Women’s Education in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale,” which she wrote for the Honors program in the Department of English under the guidance of Mark McGurl

2017 Recipients

The 2017 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences

Amanda Edelman for her paper, “The Global Gag Rule: A Historical, Legal, and Evaluative Perspective”

Emma Coleman for her thesis, “Sentencing Pregnancy: A legal and humanistic analysis of options for incarcerated women”

The 2017 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities

Alex Zivkovic for his paper, “Queering the Flaneur: Erotics, Synsthesia, and Gender in Modernist Literature”

Talia Charme-Zane for her thesis, “Freaky Forests, Gay Princes, and Guilty Children: A Queer Reading of Sondheim's Into the Woods

2016 Recipients

The 2016 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences

Sarah Sadlier for her paper, “That’s Leaving it Pretty Much up to Jane,” which she wrote for PoliSci 226, under the guidance of Professor Gary Segura.

Meredith Pelrine for her thesis, “Where Asexual and Queer Meet,” which she wrote for the Honors Program in Anthropology under the guidance of Liisa Maliki.

The 2016 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities

Alexandra Gray for her paper, “Marriage as Bondage in an Era of Transition,” which she wrote for English 134, The Marriage Plot, with Professor Claire Jarvis.

Radhika Bora for her thesis, “Private Eyes? Voyeurism as a Conduit for Memory in the Novels of Nina Abouraoui and Abdellah Taia,” which she wrote for the Honors program in French under the guidance of Professor Marisa Galvez