Gender Studies Independent Research and Internships

Gender Studies Independent Research and Internships


Gender Studies Undergraduate Research

Opportunities for research gender studies include:

  • Independent studies
  • Individualized instruction
  • Departmental research
  • Writing courses

Internships can be counted toward the minor if the project, study, or agency specifically reflects the curriculum goals of the Gender Studies Minor. To obtain approval for these individualized courses, a petition must be admitted to the minor director and approved of by the majority of the advisory board members.

Gender Studies research draws conference spotlight

Gender Studies Undergraduate Research

Albra Wheeler and Jacqueline Whitman, two Gender Studies Minor students, recently presented research papers at The Multiple Faces of Activism: Feminism in the 21st Century conference at the University of Akron, which was open to undergraduate and graduate students from several states.

Wheeler's paper, "The Wonderbra: Oppression vs. Liberation in a Patriarchal Society," traces the evolvement of modern brasseries and looks at the bra through historical and feminist perspectives and aims to establish whether the “Wonderbra” signifies submission to or emancipation from the patriarchal society.

Whitman's paper, "Womanhouse: Opening the Closed Door," is a study of three bathrooms, “Nightmare Bathroom,” “Lipstick Bathroom,” and “Menstruation Bathroom,” which symbolically represent the anguish women endure in their private lives.
Both students are recipients of the Student Professional Development Awards from the College of Liberal Arts.

Additionally, Wheeler won the Emerging Scholar Award, given to a conference presenter by the Committee for Research on Women and Gender of the University of Akron in recognition of a student who displays exemplary scholarship. This award also recognizes a student with a demonstrated commitment to women's and gender issues. #CollaborativeLearning

Gender Studies research hits center stage

Gender Studies Research

Students working toward a minor in Gender Studies presented their 2013 research in Andruss Library's Schweiker Room. The purpose of the Gender Studies Minor, which offers cross-listed courses in sixteen departments across campus, is the study of social, cultural, and historical constructions of gender and its intersections with other constructions such as race, class, nation, and sexuality.

The program investigates gender relationships and inequalities in a variety of societal contexts and strives to provide co-curricular experiences to enhance the Gender Studies Minor curriculum and raise awareness about issues of gender.

  • Michelle Mattar, Anthropology Major “Digging Deeper: Why Does Archaeology Continue to Struggle with Gender?”.
  • Venyamína McIvor, Psychology Major “Transmisogyny: The Assumptions We Make about Female Bodies, and How They Subjugate Our Sisterhood”
  • Karli Miller , English Major “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Progression of LGBTQ Rights in the World”.
  • Katelyn Shoemaker, Anthropology Major “Women in Politics”.
  • Albra Wheeler, Communication Studies Major “The Wonderbra: Oppression versus Liberation in Capitalistic Patriarchal Society”.

Gender Studies Minor essay winner explores female sexuality

Hannah Long

Established in 2011, the Gender Studies Minor (GSM) Essay Competition is held annually and open to all BU students taking GSM courses. This academic year, the winner is Hannah Long, who is graduating with a double major in communication studies and psychology with a double minor in gender studies and philosophy.

Her essay, “What’s the Buzz About? Reclaiming Female Sexuality through the Vibrator,” investigates the liberating function of the vibrator for women.

Initially developed as a treatment for the condition of hysteria, the vibrator has changed the way that women’s pleasure is viewed and achieved. Because of this liberating aspect, the vibrator serves as a device for sexual freedom as well as a call for discussions on social and ideological realms of female sexuality.