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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Project of the Year

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Each spring, the Commission recognizes outstanding projects pertaining to women and / or gender issues by awarding a Project of the Year Award to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff:

Project of the Year Application

This award recognizes students, faculty and staff excellence in creative endeavors (including the arts) and scholarly work pertaining to women and/or gender-related issues that impact women. We invite students and faculty members to submit original work for consideration.  Award recipients will be honored at the annual  Women of Courage and Vision Recognition reception in spring semester, and will receive an award.

Student submissions must be original work either submitted for academic credit during their academic career at MSU, Mankato or research presented in a public forum.

Faculty submissions must be original work in progress or work completed for presentation or publication after March of the previous academic year.

Topics could include, but are by no means limited to, the following themes:

  • Feminist activism
  • Women's body-image and popular culture
  • Women's autobiography
  • Women's sex and identity
  • Women's Intersections among race, class and gender
  • Women's health issues
  • Global feminism
  • Girls' coming-of-age

Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee on the President's Commission on the Status . The outstanding project selected from each category (undergraduate, graduate, faculty & staff ) will be honored at the annual Women of Courage and Vision reception in March.

**All research grant applications will automatically be considered for Project of the Year**

If you did not apply for a grant, you can still be considered for a Project of the Year Award by submitting your application.

Application guidelines:

    Click on "Project of the Year Application" and fill out the online submission form. You will then need to upload your project (please upload picture files of artwork, etc. if creative work) and reflection. Multiple files can be attached as .zip files. The Commission is no longer accepting paper copy applications.


***The final submission deadline will be announced in Spring 2019*** 

**Applicants will be notified via email after all applications have been reviewed. Recipients will be honored at the Women of Courage and Vision Reception**

 If you have any questions, contact Shalinie Bandaranayaka, the Commission graduate assistant, at


Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Project of the Year award winners:

Faculty : Dr. Anne Kerber for “Understanding Women’s Feelings of Being Pushed Out of Careers”

Honorable Mention Faculty – Dr. Oksana Kim for “Patience in the Boardroom: Female Board Representation and CEO Performance-Induced Turnover

Graduate: Salome Kushindana for “Criminalization of Poverty: The Impact of the Cash Bail System on Black Women in New Orleans"

Honorable Mention Graduate – Michelle Anklan for “A Qualitative Study of Women’s Use of Vibrators”

Undergrad: Latisha Townsend for “Black Motivated Woman Tackles Rape Culture in the Black Community”

Honorable Mention Undergrad – Gretah Kangas “Perceptions of Sex Trafficking”

Honorable Mention Undergrad – Molly Schumacher “MSU Women’s Ensemble”