Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award

 
Re:Gender congratulates Diana Y Salas Coronado
and her advisor, Dr. Randy Albelda!

 
The recipient team for the 2014 inaugural award are Diana Y Salas Coronado and her advisor, Dr. Randy Albelda. Diana is a doctoral candidate and a Center for Social Policy research associate at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her dissertation, Gender and State-Level Immigrant Policies, focuses on gender, immigration, and state policies.
 
The Award was presented to Diana during "Women and Economic Security: Changing Policy and Practice," our joint conference with the Center for the Education of Women.
 
 
Diana's Acceptance Remarks 
 
 

Award Background

Re:Gender's founding President, Dr. Mariam K. Chamberlain, passed away at the age of 94 in April 2013. She was a true visionary whose contributions to the feminist and social justice movements can be seen across the world by generations of women. Mariam was a key force in shaping and launching the women’s studies and academic research movements in the U.S. and worldwide through her  work as a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation in the 1960s and 1970s. She provided the strategic vision, funding and support to launch university and college-based centers and freestanding policy institutes focused on women’s issues. Mariam helped build a network of dedicated and accomplished leaders committed to advancing women, especially in academia, and helped cultivate lasting institutional support for their work.

In 1981, Mariam was the inspiration for the organization's founding, with a goal at the time to further support the movement she helped to create. Under her leadership, the organization increased and promoted research on women, built alliances for synergistic work, and advanced research into policy applications. Her vision has evolved into a dynamic network of thought leaders and change agents working to ensure more fully informed debates, policies and practices, thereby contributing to a more inclusive and equitable world for women and girls, their families and their communities. 

 

Purpose of Award

Through a generous $100,000 matching grant from the Ford Foundation, the organization established the Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award to honor and extend Mariam’s vision. The Award enables Re:Gender to continue Mariam’s work promoting mentorship as well as graduate students’ high-level scholarship. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award creates an opportunity for a first-generation college graduate, including immigrant students, to continue working on a dissertation under the close supervision of a senior dissertation advisor over an academic year.

Prize

$10,000 will be awarded annually: $8,500 to a graduate student (preference is to award a student who identifies as a woman); and $1,500 to the student's dissertation advisor for travel expenses related to the Award (i.e., travel to the Award’s announcement in May 2014 and to the student’s presentation of excerpts from the dissertation at the Re:Gender's 2015 annual conference, most likely in May 2015.

 

Project Topic/Focus

The student’s dissertation must be related to Re:Gender's mission to end gender inequity, its annual theme (in 2014, the Modern Family) and its three program focus areas: Identity (social construction of gender, including intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, sexual identity, ability, geography, etc., as well as discrimination based on gender); Economic well-being (issues of economic justice, work fairness and business leadership); and Thriving environments (from personal safety, e.g., sexual assault, to community and global, e.g., climate change and civic leadership, concerns). 

 

Activities During Award Period

The winning student will work on the dissertation with the guidance of the dissertation advisor based on a jointly conceived project plan. The student and advisor will meet with the organization and/or Selection Committee by phone at mid-year to share updates about progress, unexpected successes or difficulties, etc. The graduate student will present excerpts from the dissertation at the organization's annual conference during the same year the Award comes to a close (for the current application, the student winner would present at the annual conference taking place approximately in May 2015). The advisor will be required to attend as well. During the award period, the winning student must remain in good academic standing. 

 

Selection Criteria

  • 1st generation college graduate (includes immigrant students)
  • Topic is related to the organization’s mission to end gender inequity, its annual theme (2014 theme is Modern Family) and its three program focus areas: Identity (social construction of gender, including intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, sexual identity, ability, geography, etc., as well as discrimination based on gender); Economic well-being (issues of economic justice, work fairness and business leadership); and Thriving environments (from personal safety, e.g., sexual assault, to community and global, e.g., climate change and civic leadership, concerns)
  • Eligible students are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents or non-citizens. However, the student must be enrolled at an accredited institution based in the U.S. and pursing a PhD
  • Student must have completed all course work; have a dissertation advisor; and expect to have passed all preliminary examinations (i.e., ABD status) by the time the award begins in August 2014
  • Student’s PhD will not be completed before May 2015
  • Applicant demonstrates scholarly excellence
  • Originality of project and its relevance to ending gender inequity  

 

Selection Committee

Committee Chair: Donna Shavlik, Principal, The Timberland Group (Council board member emeritus)

Alison Bernstein, Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University

Gail Cooper, VP for Programs, National Council for Research on Women

Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Jennifer Christine Nash, Professor,  Columbian College of Arts and Science

Beverly Tatum, President, Spelman College 

 

TO APPLY

The application deadline has passed and applications are no longer being accepted. For more information about the Award, please see our frequently asked questions below.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About the Award

  1. How long is the Award period?
    One full academic year: August 2014 through July 2015.

  2. What is the Award amount?
    $10,000 in total: $8,500 to student, $1,500 to advisor.

  3. How may I spend the award money?
    For students, the Dissertation Award may cover expenses including tuition, fees, books, room and board, and research-related travel.  For the Dissertation Advisor, funds may be used to support travel and attendance costs to be present at the Award announcement and the student’s presentation of dissertation excerpts at the organization's annual conference.  Funds will be distributed directly to individual members of the winning team in two installments each.

  4. Will the organization give feedback if my application is not chosen?
    No. The organization will not comment on applications after making award decisions. All applications and supporting materials become the property of Re:Gender, and will not be returned.

  5. Must I be a U.S. citizen to apply?
    No. U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents and non-citizens are invited to apply. However, applicants must be attending an accredited institution in the U.S. and pursuing a PhD.

  6. What criteria will be considered?
    • 1st generation college graduate (includes immigrant students)
    • Topic is related to the organization’s mission to end gender inequity, its annual theme (2014 theme is Modern Family) and its three program focus areas: Identity (social construction of gender, including intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, sexual identity, ability, geography, etc., as well as discrimination based on gender); Economic well-being (issues of economic justice, work fairness and business leadership); and Thriving environments (from personal safety, e.g., sexual assault, to community and global, e.g., climate change and civic leadership, concerns)
    • Eligible students are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents or non-citizens. However, the student must be enrolled at an accredited institution based in the U.S. and pursing a PhD
    • Student must have completed all course work; have a dissertation advisor; and expect to have passed all preliminary examinations (i.e., ABD status) by the time the award begins in August 2014
    • Student’s PhD will not be completed before May 2015
    • Applicant demonstrates scholarly excellence
    • Originality of project and its relevance to ending gender inequity

  7. Does the Award require the winners to relocate?
    No.

  8. How many projects can each team propose?
    One. Please choose and submit a proposal for your strongest idea.
     
  9. I am currently studying at a university in another country. Am I eligible to apply?
    No. The Award is for students enrolled in U.S.-based, accredited academic institutions that confer PhDs.

  10. Can the M.K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award help cover school tuition or other related expenses?
    Yes.


The Project

  1. Are the specified focus areas the only ones you will consider?
    Yes.

  2. Will I be able to work with organizations that are part of the organization’s network in connection with my project?
    Yes, as long as the project is mutually beneficial to the network member(s) and is not unduly burdensome to them. The organization’s staff will work closely with the Award winner to determine the best way to make those connections. You will also need to join the network.

  3. If I decide not to apply for the Award, is there another way to connect with Re:Gender and its work?
    Yes. Joining our network is the best way to stay up-to-date on our current activities, and to share your research interests and needs. Network registration can be completed here.

  4. Does the application have to be sent by March 10th, or does it have to be received by that date?
    Applications must be electronically transmitted by no later than 11:59 pm EST on March 10, 2014 via this link. Academic reference letters must also be received. Instructions for references to submit their letters independently are part of the online application.

  5. What font and line spacing should I use for the application? Can I include charts and other graphics in my narrative?
    Please use 11-point font, 1.5 line spacing and one-inch margins. Your propsectus should be no longer than 3 pages. Charts and diagrams are acceptable but must be included in the page limitations.

  6. What kind of references do I need?
    Please provide three academic references to support your application. The online application contains links your references can use to upload their letters independently. 

  7. Can I provide supplementary materials with my application, such as an article or video?
    Please do not provide supplementary materials beyond what is requested in the application. We will request additional materials as needed.

  8. How many Awards are made annually?
    There will be one student-and-advisor team receiving the award each year.
     
  9. Is there an interview? When is it, and when will I know whether I have been selected?
    We will interview 2-3 finalists in mid-April. We hope to select and notify the finalists by early April 2014.

  10. Are the interviews in person?
    No. They will be conducted by phone with the members of the Selection Committee.  Both members of the team applying for the Award will need to participate in the interview.

 

Funding and Project Budget

  1. Will there be additional resources to complete the proposed project? For example, travel funds?
    Yes, the winning student will be provided with travel and accommodation funds to attend the announcement of the award and complementary attendance to the organization's annual conference. The dissertation advisor's Award will go entirey toward travel to the Award's announcement and to the organization's 2015 conference, along with accomdations. We do not anticipate additional expenses related to the Award.