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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.

Essays will be judged on the use of feminist/LGBT/Queer/Queer of Color inquiry 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.

Entry requirements:

  1. A cover page with current contact information (department affiliation, degree status, campus mail address, email address, and telephone number)
  2. 20 pages maximum (double spaced, 12-point font), not including bibliography, notes and cover page
  3. Footnotes or endnotes required, using the style of the entrant's academic discipline.

Please submit your paper electronically as a single PDF or .doc/x Word file in the order listed above to Ailesha RInger @

The deadline for submission is closed. 

For more information, please contact

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.”