The Helen Power Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Award for Scholarship and Service
Helen Power graduated from the University of Chicago (1955) and earned a master's (1964) and doctoral degree (1966) in English from Washington University. She was a lecturer in the English department at Washington University and served as the Women and Gender Studies program's Coordinator for ten years. Helen's insight and passion for women's studies ensured that the program flourished and continues to do so. She played an important role in initiating the Stiritz Endowed Chair in Women and Gender Studies and assisted in raising funds for the matching grant to provide continued support and development of the program. As Coordinator, she negotiated with the administration for expanded resources, additional faculty, and recognition of the program's contributions to the university and to its students and faculty. Her work as a teacher has benefited students in the United States and abroad, where she taught courses in Iran and Afghanistan and with the University of Pittsburgh's Semester-at-Sea program. Helen Power has made critically important contributions to the Women and Gender Studies Program, to the lives of the students and faculty who have known her, and to Washington University. She has been an exemplary citizen of the University in her teaching, her collegiality, and her service.
This award is made annually to a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major. Candidates are nominated, on the basis of scholarly record and service, by program advisors. Selection is made by a committee within the Program. The award is presented annually at the graduating seniors' luncheon in May.
Amount of award: $250
Past Recipients of the Helen Power Award
2007 - Kristi Nigh
2008 - Shaina Goodman and Rachel Gartner
2009 - Paige Sweet
2010 - Lauren Weiss
2011 - Dan Woznica
2012 - Ashley Brosius
2013 - Trish Yeh and Laura Dietrich
2014 - Vinita Chaudhry and Louisa Kornblatt
2015 - Mackenzie Findlay and Lily Jacobi
2016 - Kara Skjoldager
2017 - Katie Chew
2018 - Olivia Beres and Carly Wolfer
2019 - Alyssa Hunt
2020 - Theaivin Yousef
Social Justice Award
The WGSS Social Justice Award honors a WGSS senior with a record of activism in exposing inequality, empowering disadvantaged communities, and fostering social change.
2018 - Jaime Swank and Mohammed Alshamsi
2019 - Nathaniel Bernstein and Jaime Swank
2020 - Emily Getzoff, Alia Nahra, and Jeri Wright