Sarah HamidThe University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) had 11 graduate students participate in the UO Graduate School’s sixth annual Graduate Student Research Forum on February 20, including one student who won an award for her panel presentation.

The Graduate Research Forum is an annual, one-day interdisciplinary conference held at the Eugene campus to showcase the research, scholarship, and creative expressions of UO graduate students. Students have the opportunity to present their work to peers, faculty, and staff from across campus, as well as industry and community professionals through interdisciplinary panel sessions, creative performances, and a two-hour poster session in the Ford Alumni Center.

More than 150 students participated in this year’s forum, which awarded more than $10,000 in cash prizes to graduate students.

Sarah Hamid, a master’s student in media studies, won in the panel category of “Human Rights, Development and Sustainability” in collaboration with Lindsay Massara (international studies) and Crystal Brown (political science) for their panel titled “Gender, Human Rights, and the Paradox of Statelessness.”

The panel addressed the issue of women’s rights and specifically, how the human rights of stateless women are often compromised as a result of their lack of national identity.

“Our panel tried to achieve a space for feedback on our research, both through the Q&A and through a post-panel online space,” says Hamid. “The award brought more attention to the work of the panelists, which I believe to be important work. Public scholarship and engagement is often neglected in academia. We three are seeking to press against that as scholars, especially given the way in which our research deals with such heavy, socially and politically imperative topics.”

Read more about the UO Graduate Forum.

Story by Jessica Glackin ’15