Undergraduate Awards Open to WGSS Majors and Minors
Chase Going Woodhouse Prize: Awarded to an undergraduate for an academic project that focuses on feminist concerns. This prize is named in honor of a former congresswoman and the director of the Women’s Service Bureau. An activist and leader among the first generation of post-suffrage women in Connecticut, Chase Going Woodhouse provided an example of commitment to women’s interests and to realizing feminist goals in practical politics.
Gladys Tantaquidgeon Award: Presented to an undergraduate student whose academic and/or community work reflects a dedication to the understanding and advancement of women of color in the U.S. This award is named in honor of the Mohegan Indian medicine woman, anthropologist and community educator, Gladys Tantaquidgeon. She expanded her Mohegan pharmacopeia by researching herbal medicine among related east coast tribes. She co-founded Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum in 1931 in Uncasville, Connecticut along with her brother Harold and father John. She shared her brother’s philosophy that education was the best cure for prejudice. “You can’t hate someone that you know a lot about.” Her leadership and scholarship highlighted the significance of Native American women’s culture.
Feminist Arts Award: Given for the first time in 2002, this award recognizes undergraduate feminist artwork. Submissions may include visual art, music, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, or film. This award honors the wonderful outburst of feminist arts activity at UConn.
WGSS Excellence Award: This award recognizes the academic excellence of a WGSS major. Preference is given to graduating seniors. Candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major.
Kristie Ann Wood Endowment Scholarship: Awarded to a WGSS undergraduate student majoring in WGSS in recognition of academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. This endowment named after Kristie Ann Wood, the first Women’s Studies major at UConn, honors her passion for social justice. Preference is given to students with senior standing who have been involved in activities to promote social justice.