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Graduate Student Paper Prize

The FRI Graduate Student Paper Prize is awarded to an original paper written by a University of New Mexico graduate student who is working toward an MA, PhD, or professional degree.

The author of the prize-winning paper will receive a $300 award. The recipient will give a public reading of the paper in the Fall semester, or whenever is most convenient for presenter and FRI.

Essays will be judged on the use of Feminist, Queer, Critical Race, or Critical Indigenous approach to analyze topics related to gender or sexuality; the quality and clarity of writing; originality; and effective use of primary source material where applicable.

Please note that papers are read by faculty from all across campus and thus should take a broad audience into consideration. The essay must not have been previously published, but it should be of publishable quality. We are looking for submissions that are nearly ready to be submitted to journals appropriate to the entrant’s discipline.

Entry requirements:

  1. A cover page with current contact information (department affiliation, degree status, campus mail address, e-mail address, and telephone number)
  2. Abstract, no more than 200 words
  3. 6000-8000 words, including  bibliography and notes
  4. Style Guide: Please follow appropriate discipline’s style guide (APA, MLA, Chicago) for citations and bibliography

Please submit your paper electronically as a single PDF or .doc/x Word file in the order listed above to Ailesha Ringer @ Incomplete submissions will automatically be disqualified. For more information or questions, please contact

The deadline for submission is Friday March 22, 2019 by 5pm MST.

Previous Recipients


Susmitha Udayan, "Testimonial Bandes Dessinées: Bearing Witness to Gender Related Prosecution of Refugee Women."


Rachel Levitt, "Rethinking School Shooters: Queer Futures, Gay Panic, and the Right to Victimization."




Yuka Doherty, "The State, Sex, and Women's Agency."


Kelsey Martin, "Ambiguous Consent: An Analysis of Female Agency in Eighteenth-Century French fêtes galantes."

Justin Brock, "The Critical Voices from Joyous Gard: The Homosocial and the Feminine in the Stanzaic Morte Arthur."

Erin Murrah-Mandril, "Misreading the Feminine: Representation of Women in the Far West in Mary Hallock Foote’s 'Maverick.'"

Susan Ruth, "Women's Toolkits: Engendering Paleoindian Technology." (first place)

Leigh Johnson, "Chicana Literary Activism: Motherwork as a Response to Domestic Violence."(second place)

Stacey Kikendall, “’The eye of Glorvina met mine’: Vision, Gender, and Imperialism in The Wild Irish Girl.”

Cindy Murillo, paper “Reclaiming Motherhood through Exile: Body Politics in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Ying Xu, “Edited Melancholy and the Construction of Self: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.”

Andrea López, “Beyond the Maquilas: Gender Discourse and Gendered Violence in Cd. Juárez.”

Justin Parks, “‘Our Eyes Look Out’: The View from the Window and the Noise from the Street in Two Poems by Mina Loy.”

Birgit Schmidt-Rosemann, "The Pleasure of Destroying It:" Creating and Undoing Standards of Female Virtue in The Female Husband and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.”

Hadar Dubowsky for “Feminist Methodology and a Qualitative Case Study of a Masculine Female Adolescent.”