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Defining your path through research

Student-faculty research projects are very popular with UW-Eau Claire students and are among the most valuable opportunities available. The UW-System Center of Excellence for Undergraduate Research is a hallmark program of the institution.  

Majors and minors in women’s studies are able to take full advantage of this institutional priority in high numbers. With the wide range of course topics in women’s studies, as well as the interdisciplinary nature of the field, the options for research are endless. In some cases, former students have actually ended up working in agencies after graduation where they have conducted research as an undergraduate. Research is a way to find and follow your passion within this diverse field of study.

Rewarded for research

Students in women's studies have many opportunities to conduct research, as well as several award opportunities based on their hard work. For instance, Kelly Binning pictured above award a monetary award for her efforts in women's studies research. 

What sorts of topics? 

Here is a sample of award winning student research titles in the past few years. 

  • Rape Culture and Heteronormativity
  • I Must Be Taken as I Have Been Made: A Feminist Re-vision of Estella in Great Expectations 
  • The Design of Domesticity in the American Dream House: Post WWII House Plans as an Expression of Advertised Gender Roles 
  • Human Trafficking: Levels of Acceptance and Willingness to Help
  • Undoing the Binary in Eli Claire’s Exile and Pride
  • The Spirit of Sisterhood (film)
  • “Worse than Death!”: The Limits of Disabling Illness as  Metaphor in Sarah Grand’s The Heavenly Twins
  • An Examination of Mothers, Mothering, and Motherhood

The opportunity and privilege to do research in collaboration with Dr. Kemp as an undergraduate is phenomenal.Though we’ve only been working together for a few months now on this specific project, I feel as if I have gained so much knowledge.

Alex Dulakis | women's studies

English & Women's studies project promotes LGBTQ+ friendly medical service providers

Alex DeLakis is helping make Eau Claire a safer place for LGBTQ+ individuals seeking medical care alongside fellow Blugolds Dr. Theresa Kemp, professor of women’s studies and English, and alumna Alison Harder, prevention specialist at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Eau Claire and director of Q2.

Determined to make a difference

Dr. Mary Canales receives grant for community research

Dr. Mary Canales, professor of nursing, has received a UW-Madison grant to continue community research into food insecurity and hunger in our area.

Making a difference in the community
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