Gender Studies Independent Research and Internships

Gender Studies Independent Research and Internships

Gender Studies Undergraduate Research

Opportunities for research in gender studies include:

  • Independent studies
  • Individualized instruction
  • Departmental research
  • Writing courses

Internships can be counted toward the minor if the project, study, or agency specifically reflects the curriculum goals of the Gender Studies Minor. To obtain approval for these individualized courses, a petition must be admitted to the minor director and approved of by the majority of the advisory board members.

2014-15 GSM Essay Competition

GSM Essay Competition

Julieann Gusick is the winner of 2014-15 GSM Essay Competition with her essay, "Volumnia: Vicious or Valiant?"

Stressing the influence that Volumnia exerts on her son Coriolanus in Shakespeare's Coriolanus, Julieann Gusick demonstrates in her essay that Shakespeare creates Volumnia in his play as a woman having not only more power than most men but also a character complex enough to make the reader wonder whether she is valiant or vicious.

Gender Studies Minor Student Research Presentations

Five students minoring in Gender Studies presented their research projects in November to the campus community. This event, held in Andruss Library's Schweiker Room, is in its second year.

Gender Studies Research

  • Matthew Boyarsky (Major: English) — "Masculinity and Its Effect on Language"
  • Anna James (Major: English) — "Feminine Figures and Their Roles: Comparison between Ancient Society and Nineteenth Century Society"
  • Bryan Molk (Major: Anthropology) — "Gay and Lesbian Rights from an African Perspective: Applying The Research"
  • Sara Tessarvich (Major: Theatre) — "Portrayal and Representation of Transgender Individuals in Popular Media"
  • Albra Wheeler (Major: Communication Studies) "Getting Bi in a Hetero World: Myths and Stereotypes of Bisexual Individuals"

Gender Studies Essay winner examines causes of gendered institutions

GSM Essay Winner

Established in 2011, The Gender Studies Minor (GSM) Essay Competition is held annually and open to GSM students and students taking GSM courses. Winner of the 2013-14 GSM Essay Competition is Michelle Mattar with her essay, "The Effects of Gendered Institutions on the Discipline of Archeology."

In this essay, Mattar investigates the causes of gendered institutions and how they directly influenced the discipline of archaeology. The theory of gendered institutions states that men have used the state to create and consolidate systems of male privilege and advantage.

Studying the history and development of gendered institutions, Michelle Mattar observes that deeply rooted concepts of “natural hierarchy” and “domestication of women” have a profound effect on the disposition of archaeology as a gendered institution. She claims that the promotion of male privilege and advantage in politics, through the theory of gendered institutions, has greatly impacted the discipline of archaeology, endorsing a gendered institution which fosters unequal advantages for women.

Gender Studies research draws conference spotlight

Gender Studies Undergraduate Research

Albra Wheeler and Jacqueline Whitman, two Gender Studies Minor students, recently presented research papers at The Multiple Faces of Activism: Feminism in the 21st Century conference at the University of Akron, which was open to undergraduate and graduate students from several states.

Wheeler's paper, "The Wonderbra: Oppression vs. Liberation in a Patriarchal Society," traces the evolvement of modern brasseries and looks at the bra through historical and feminist perspectives and aims to establish whether the “Wonderbra” signifies submission to or emancipation from the patriarchal society.

Whitman's paper, "Womanhouse: Opening the Closed Door," is a study of three bathrooms, “Nightmare Bathroom,” “Lipstick Bathroom,” and “Menstruation Bathroom,” which symbolically represent the anguish women endure in their private lives.
Both students are recipients of the Student Professional Development Awards from the College of Liberal Arts.

Additionally, Wheeler won the Emerging Scholar Award, given to a conference presenter by the Committee for Research on Women and Gender of the University of Akron in recognition of a student who displays exemplary scholarship. This award also recognizes a student with a demonstrated commitment to women's and gender issues. #CollaborativeLearning

Gender Studies research hits center stage

Gender Studies Research

Students working toward a minor in Gender Studies presented their 2013 research in Andruss Library's Schweiker Room. The purpose of the Gender Studies Minor, which offers cross-listed courses in sixteen departments across campus, is the study of social, cultural, and historical constructions of gender and its intersections with other constructions such as race, class, nation, and sexuality.

The program investigates gender relationships and inequalities in a variety of societal contexts and strives to provide co-curricular experiences to enhance the Gender Studies Minor curriculum and raise awareness about issues of gender.

  • Michelle Mattar, Anthropology Major “Digging Deeper: Why Does Archaeology Continue to Struggle with Gender?”.
  • Venyamína McIvor, Psychology Major “Transmisogyny: The Assumptions We Make about Female Bodies, and How They Subjugate Our Sisterhood”
  • Karli Miller , English Major “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Progression of LGBTQ Rights in the World”.
  • Katelyn Shoemaker, Anthropology Major “Women in Politics”.
  • Albra Wheeler, Communication Studies Major “The Wonderbra: Oppression versus Liberation in Capitalistic Patriarchal Society”.

Gender Studies Minor essay winner explores female sexuality

Hannah Long

Established in 2011, the Gender Studies Minor (GSM) Essay Competition is held annually and open to all BU students taking GSM courses. This academic year, the winner is Hannah Long, who is graduating with a double major in communication studies and psychology with a double minor in gender studies and philosophy.

Gender Studies Research

Her essay, “What’s the Buzz About? Reclaiming Female Sexuality through the Vibrator,” investigates the liberating function of the vibrator for women.

Initially developed as a treatment for the condition of hysteria, the vibrator has changed the way that women’s pleasure is viewed and achieved. Because of this liberating aspect, the vibrator serves as a device for sexual freedom as well as a call for discussions on social and ideological realms of female sexuality.

Established in 2011, the Gender Studies Minor (GSM) Essay Competition is held annually and open to all BU students taking GSM courses. In the inaugural year of the competition, the joint-winners are Taylor Roberts, Sociology major, with her essay, “The Passing Problem: Framing Passing as the Prevention of Trans Community Mobilization,” and Joshua Stoner, Anthropology major, with his essay, “Homosexuality in the Middle East.”