The Gender Institute and the Experiential Learning Network awards two scholarships to UB undergraduate students. One award for undergraduates conducting research related to women and gender and another for a community-based project with a gender focus.

There will be an Information Session held on Friday, February 12 at Noon, to provide an overview of this scholarship and answer any questions.
If you would like to attend, please register to receive a Zoom link here: http://bit.ly/GI_ElnSession

Application deadline for 2020-2021 scholarship will be in March 1, 2021.
Due to the COVID-19 budget constraints, granting of awards will be as funds are available.


Applications must include:
1. Application cover sheet, available here.
2. Statement of academic interests, accomplishments, and career goals (no more than 500 words).
3. Description of the specific research or community project for which you are seeking support (500 words).
4. Complete transcripts from all colleges attended (unofficial transcripts accepted).
5. Writing sample (5 pages, double-spaced).
6. Resume or c.v.
7. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member.
8. Budget document
For students requesting funds to:
     1. attend a conference
     2. visit a library/archive for a research project (i.e. senior thesis)
     3. organize an event related to one’s research project
     4. develop a community project.
Other funding requests will not require a budget.
For assistance with creating a budget, please contact Becky Burke.

Applications should be sent to the Scholarship Review Committee at ub-irewg@buffalo.edu.

Please use the subject line: "Scholarship Application." 

The winner(s) will be expected to submit their project(s) for the Celebration of Academic Excellence in April 2020. They are urged to apply for CURCA funding as well. 

2018-2019 Awardees

Congratulations to our scholarship winners, Hanna Santanam (Anthropology and English) and Alivia Smeltzer-Darling (Romance Languages and Literatures).

Hanna Santanam

Anthropology and English, class of 2019

Hanna Santanam.

Hanna's academic interests lie at the intersection of Gender Studies, South Asian Studies, English, and Anthropology. Her senior thesis with honors in the Department of Anthropology focuses on the rights of gender and sexual minorities in India post-independence as protected by law. During the Spring 2019 semester, she will travel to Columbia University to meet with experts and use resources in the law library. 




Alivia Smeltzer-Darling

Romance Languages and Literatures, class of 2021

Alivia Smeltzer-Darling.

Alivia’s research project focuses on sexual violence against women throughout Latin American cinematic history, dating from the mid-20th century to present day. Through the examination of Latin American films coupled with historical analysis of the eras that surrounded these films, the project will culminate with an essay, film screenings, and a public discussion about the theme of sexual violence in media over time, as well as its cultural implications.




Past Awardees


Rachel Charette

History, class of 2018

Rachel Charette.

Rachel's Senior Honors Thesis discusses women's involvement in social justice on college campuses during the 1940's. While the majority of her research has been through the University at Buffalo's Archives, she is looking to visit other college campuses to review their preserved student newspapers, memoirs, and more. Her current research has revealed that after the majority of men left UB to fight in WWII, women became strong leaders on our campus. They actively spoke out against segregation, antisemitism, and racial injustice while also combating misogynistic attitudes that featured prominently at our school. As she progresses through her thesis, she aims to review perspectives from women of multiple identities to provide a more complete and accurate picture of the accomplishes of women during this time. So far, this has also included women like Pauli Murray from Howard University who led sit-ins to desegregate Washington D.C. She hopes to use her thesis to showcase the brilliance and leadership of women by adding to the scholarly discussion on the history of social justice.

Isabel Hall

Environmental Engineering, class of 2019

Isabel Hall.

In Summer 2018, Isabel's organization Inspiring Future Engineers will be hosting a "Girls in STEM" empowerment event in the City of Buffalo (community center TBA). This all-day event will feature strong female STEM leaders, including female engineering students from UB and professional engineers. The organization will be hosting an array of engaging STEM activities, encouraging girls to recognize their power to excel in science and engineering. By facilitating interactions between Buffalo's youth and young women in STEM, they leverage the strong impact that role models have on girls, and building the next generation of female scientists and engineers.To overcome financial challenges faced by families in underserved communities of Buffalo, the UB Gender Institute Scholarship will be used to fund this event entirely. With the UB Gender Institute Scholarship, Inspiring Future Engineers has the opportunity to impact the lives of dozens young girls in Buffalo. This event serves as an excellent opportunity for girls in underserved communities to build confidence, establish important relationships with STEM role models, and become empowered to create positive change in the community.


Sarah Stanford.

Sarah Stanford

Gender Institute - The Academies Undergraduate Scholarship 2016-17
Second Scholarship winner in three years to move onto a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship!

After completing research on her project, Educational Experiences of Young, Bhutanese-Nepali WomenSarah Stanford was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia! ​Working with Dr. Wooksoo Kim in UB's School of Social Work and Dr. Arabella Lyon in the Department of English, Sarah studied factors that affect educational resilience, health and wellness in Buffalo's Bhutanese-Nepali community.  Sarah effused, "These past 10 months have truly been a journey of discovery for me, and I am . . . where I am now because I gave my time, energy and passion to exploring the vast amount of information available in the UB Libraries and in the field.  I am where I am now because of the generous funding from the Gender Institute and Undergraduate Academies and the tremendous support of my advisers Dr. Kim and Dr. Lyon.  I am where I am now because of the education I received at the SUNY University at Buffalo as a whole."


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."