Distinction is an award intended to highlight exceptional work in the Women’s and Gender Studies major. All senior majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major courses are eligible to apply for distinction. For more information, please read the College Statement on Distinction.
Projects submitted for distinction:
- Expand on coursework that is already completed and returned.
- Approach the subject matter from a feminist perspective.
- Take the form of a single paper, a portfolio of papers, or a creative project (poetry, visual art, performance). Creative projects must be accompanied by written interpretations.
A two-person reading committee, neither of whom is the distinction adviser, reviews each project. In cases of disagreement, the committee consults a third reader. Distinction candidates may name one original committee member. The committee will recommend a course of action to the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, who will make a final decision on Distinction by May 1. Distinction projects will also be considered for the Viola Rossing Prize (see below).
During fall or winter
Talk to the Distinction Coordinator Rebecca Richards if you plan to submit a distinction project. You will discuss your project and identify a potential adviser—a faculty member who agrees to meet with you periodically to discuss the progress of your project. Because you will want to expand and refine the work to achieve a distinctive level of scholarship and critical thinking, plan to meet with your adviser early in the process. Faculty from any academic department are eligible to advise projects.
Submit a Distinction Application with appropriate signatures to Rebecca Richards in the English Department (Rølvaag Memorial Library 5th Floor).
Submit your Distinction project.
The reading committee will notify Distinction applicants of its decision by formal letter.