The Gender Institute and the Experiential Learning Network awards two scholarships to UB undergraduate students. One $500 award for undergraduates conducting research related to women, gender and/or sexuality, and another $500 award for a community-based project with a gender and/or sexuality focus.
Projects can be individual or collaborative. Open to undergraduates in all schools and departments.

Applications for the 2025 Undergraduate Scholarships are due Monday, February 24.

Congratulations to the 2024 Undergraduate Scholarship Awardees

Simone Brock, Arianna Kouassi, and Hayley Mundy

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This project is a semester-long Honors College Independent Study entitled “Inequities in Healthcare and Health Outcomes for Racial, Gender, and Sex Minorities: Recommendations for Increased Diversity Training in Healthcare Providers”. The coauthor team is researching the nature and prevalence of implicit bias in medical students, residents, and physicians. Research also focuses on what existing curricula and training initiatives exist to decrease this bias. This project will culminate in a recommendation for the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to alter or increase student education related to implicit bias against racial and sex and gender minorities. A summary of the study and its findings will also be presented as a poster at the Honors College Think Tank Lunch and the UB Celebration for Academic Excellence in early May, 2024.

The coauthor team consists of Simone Brock, Arianna Kouassi, and Hayley Mundy. All three coauthors are undergraduate students in the UB Honors College. 

Fiona Serrano

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Fiona Serrano is an undergraduate honors student in the History, Global Gender Studies and Sexuality, and English departments. She is a Ronald E. McNair scholar and an ambassador for the History department.

Fiona will be writing her senior thesis on Soviet gender history in the upcoming year. She is going to a summer language program this summer to further her skills in Russian so that a wider range of sources will be available. She hopes to incorporate archival research into her paper. She is interested in the experiences of Soviet women.


Applications must include:
1.  Statement of academic interests, accomplishments, and career goals (no more than 500 words).
2. Description of the specific research or community project for which you are seeking support (500 words). If you are a visual studies student, please also include a portfolio of 5 images of your work. 
3. Complete transcripts from all colleges attended (unofficial transcripts accepted).
4. Resume or c.v.
5. One letter of recommendation, which must be from a faculty member.
   (Recommendation is sent directly from faculty member to the Scholarship Portal.)

Supplemental Questions
1.  Are you working on a research project toward publication or an honors thesis?
2.  Are you an art or media study student working on gender and/or sexuality and you need resources for an art project or senior project?
3.  Are you interested in organizing a community event that would address gender, and/or LBGTQ issues?
4.  Are you working on a research project that requires travel funds for fieldwork, interviews, research in historical archives?

Applications should be sent to the Scholarship Portal.

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Criteria of Evaluation:

1. Applicants must show a commitment to issues related to gender and/or sexuality
2. Applicants must show evidence of academic excellence
3. Priority is given to applicants with a well-articulated project and research goals
4. Review committee places importance on the letter of recommendation.

Rachel Gelat, Media Studies and Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
June Sherpa, Business Administration

Alivia Smeltzer-Darling, Romance Languages and Literatures
Hanna Santanam, Anthropology and English

Rachel Charette, History 
Isabel Hall, Environmental Engineering

Sarah Stanford, English

Cathleen Alarcón, Romance Languages and Literatures

Samah Asfour, Political Science and Global Gender Studies

Kerri Pickard-DePriest, Environmental Studies and English
Sharlene Green, Political Science and African American Studies

"Since the 2014-15 academic year, two of the scholarship awardees, Samah Asfour and Sarah Stanford, have won prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) and a third, Cathleen Alarcón, received permission from Mexican playwright Bárbara Colio to translate Colio’s 2014 play “Casi Transilvania” from Spanish into English."