The Viola Rossing Prize is an award intended to recognize excellence in the scholarship and creative work of senior Women’s and Gender Studies majors or concentrators.
Projects can take a variety of forms, much like the Distinction process. They include:
- a single, scholarly essay.
- a portfolio of course essays, or a combination of scholarly, creative, and/or activist artifacts.
- a digital project, which can be a scholarly piece or a creative project.
- a creative project (creative writing, visual art, performance, or an event). If not a written project, submission must include documentation of the creative act, e.g., photographs, invitations and flyers, sample artwork.
This prize differs from Distinction in these ways:
- Faculty as well as students may submit senior student papers or projects for Prize consideration.
- Concentrators as well as majors are eligible.
- Groups as well as individuals may apply.
- Submitted projects do not have to be expanded from their original form (though students are welcome to revise and expand).
- Faculty do not advise students on these submissions.
- There is no GPA requirement for this Prize.
Submit projects for the Rossing Prize to the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies via email by April 15. A two-person faculty committee will review the projects and announce its decisions by May 1. Simultaneous Distinction and Rossing Prize awards are possible.