Kelsey Cummings and Jeremiah Favara

Kelsey Cummings and Jeremiah Favara

The Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) chose three University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) graduate students to receive 2015-16 CSWS Graduate Student Research Awards. The CSWS awarded about $111,000 in graduate student and faculty research grants to support the investigation of women and gender for the 2015-16 academic year.

Projects chosen for funding included a study of Burmese women in Chinese border cities; a study of gender and narrative among weight loss surgery patients; and a book project that in part explores a history of communication in mass incarceration systems between women of color and their families. CSWS will also fund research on gender in the hen house; recruiting and gender in the U.S. military; Spanish women in the French Resistance; gender, race, and religion in the early Venezuelan Republic, and much more.

In all, 12 UO graduate students received awards ranging from $1,900 to $2,500.

SOJC doctoral student, Thomas Schmidt was selected for his research titled “From Women’s Pages to Style Pages: How the Washington Post Discovered Diversity” that explores the first decade of the Washington Post’s Style sections’ evolution and examines how far it helped to challenge preexisting gender roles in the practice of daily journalism in one of the country’s leading newspapers.

“Finding research funding is a perennial challenge for graduate students,” says Schmidt. “I’m incredibly grateful to everyone at CSWS for the support and I feel very honored to be part of this outstanding community.”

Schmidt plans to do archival research in Washington D.C. and interview some of the journalists who were instrumental in creating the Washington Post Style section.

Jeremiah Favara, PhD candidate, was selected for his research titled “An Army of Some: Recruiting, Diversity, and Difference in the US Armed Forces.” His project looks at military recruiting ads post-1973 and focused primarily on the recruitment of women and people of color and how representations of gender, race, sexuality, and class have been used in portraying the military as an institution invested in diversity.

“I’m very grateful to CSWS for the support and am excited to see my project supported alongside so many other interesting feminist projects,” says Favara. “The CSWS grant gives me the support and resources to focus on my research. It also means that my research can help contribute to the mission of CSWS, which addresses the complicated nature of gender identities and inequalities.”

The third recipient, Kelsey Cummings, was awarded for her research titled “Gameplay Mechanics, Identity, and Ideology in Girl Games.” Cummings will not be able to accept the grant, as she will be starting a doctoral program in a different program during the 2015-16 year.

Story by Jessica Glackin ’15