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The GLASS Prize will be awarded to that Wesleyan undergraduate student who has done the best research and writing on a subject in queer, trans, LGBT, or sexuality studies. The prize is open to students in all classes; senior essays and theses are preferred. The award includes no cash benefit, but the winner’s name will be published in the 2012 Commencement booklet.

Entries must be submitted in both electronic and hard copy by 3pm on April 13 to:

Jen Enxuto
hard copy to FGSS office, Allbritton Center
electronic to jenxuto@wesleyan.edu

If you have any questions, please contact Margot Weiss at mdweiss@wesleyan.edu.

The Janina Montero Prize, is awarded in honor of the tireless service of Janina Montero, professor and administrator at Wesleyan for over 20 years.  This prize is given each year by the Wesleyan Latino Alumni Council and Janina Montero to an outstanding Latina(o) senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and who has been involved in the Latino community and in the Wesleyan community at large.

The individual should exemplify personal integrity, leadership, and motivation; a strong interest in and knowledge of his/her background; and have maintained a high level of commitment to Wesleyan’s academic and intellectual enterprise.

So that the Selection Committee may evaluate your application and make a final selection, please submit one copy of your current resume, an academic history, and one-page statement of your academic accomplishments as well as of your contributions to the Latino, Student of Color and Wesleyan communities.  This material must be received by Dr. Marina J. Melendez, Class Dean for 2014, 215 North College, no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.  No application will be accepted after the deadline.

Please feel free to contact Dean Melendez at mmelendez@wesleyan.edu or at x.2765 if you have any questions.

Previous winners of the prize include:

Jaynice Del Rosario 2011
Noel Flores 2010
Katherine Rodriguez 2010
Melgily Valdez 2009
Tania Serrano 2008
Micaela Gutierrez 2007
Roberto Soto-Carrion 2007
Stephanie Garcia, 2006
Jose Marantes, 2006

The Christopher Brodigan Fund was established in memory of Christopher Brodigan, a Wesleyan student who died in an accident in his frosh year. The Fund pays tribute to Christopher’s deep interest in Africa and to the public service he provided through teaching in Botswana prior to entering Wesleyan. Awards will be made to graduating Wesleyan seniors (first priority) and recent Wesleyan graduates who plan to pursue public service or research (in that order of preference) on the African continent.

Students from any discipline are encouraged to submit applications proposing a public service or research project. Service projects should be carefully designed to provide some form of valuable assistance to people in Africa. Students may propose to provide service in educational institutions, development organizations, grassroots groups, or non-governmental organizations pursuing service work. Research projects will be supported especially if it is likely to provide concrete benefits to African society or to contribute to the student’s ability to serve African interests in some capacity.

Several awards averaging $3,000 each will be offered. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with a member of the African Studies faculty (see Faculty listing on this website) while formulating their proposals. Recipients are required to submit reports on their projects once they are completed.

Application Instructions (2012)

Applications should include:

  1. A proposal (2 pages) which includes the following information:
    1. Description of project
    2. Plan for carrying out the project
    3. Identification and description of any sponsoring organization
    4. If appropriate, the proposal should address any concerns regarding safety or political sensitivity
  2. A budget, including airfare and room and board costs (1 page)
  3. A resume, including a listing and description of relevant Wesleyan coursework or other experiences
  4. The name of one faculty member who can serve as a reference for you and for your project

Applications should be submitted by email to Professor Mike Nelson of the Government Department (mbnelson@wesleyan.edu).

Applications are due by 4pm Friday, April 6, 2012. Awards will be announced prior to graduation.

Additional information available at http://africa.blogs.wesleyan.edu/brodigan/.

 

The Janina Montero Prize prize is given each year by the Wesleyan Latino Alumni Council and Janina Montero to an outstanding Latina(o) senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and who has been involved in the Latino community and in the Wesleyan community at large.

The individual should exemplify personal integrity, leadership, and motivation; a strong interest in and knowledge of his/her background; and have maintained a high level of commitment to Wesleyan’s academic and intellectual enterprise.

Submit one copy of a current resume, copy of academic history, and one-page statement of academic accomplishments as well as of contributions to the Latino, Student of Color and Wesleyan communities.

This material must be received by Dr. Marina Melendez, Class Dean for 2014, 237 North College, 2nd Floor, Room 215, no later than 5:00PM on Tuesday, March 27.  No application will be accepted after the deadline.

Please feel free to contact Dean Melendez via email or at 860.685.2765 if there are any questions.

Previous winners of the prize include:

Jaynice Del Rosario 2011
Noel Flores 2010
Katherine Rodriguez 2010
Melgily Valdez 2009
Tania Serrano 2008
Micaela Gutierrez 2007
Roberto Soto-Carrion 2007
Stephanie Garcia, 2006
Jose Marantes, 2006

Come find out how to apply for this $10,000 grant to support projects promoting peace during the summer of 2012.  All Wesleyan undergraduates are eligible to apply and interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the info sessions. Applications are due Friday January 27.
All information is on our website: http://www.wesleyan.edu/ocs/peace/index.html.
Any questions, contact Cathy Lechowicz, clechowicz@wesleyan.edu.

Info session dates:

  • Wednesday November 2, 4pm in Usdan 110
  • Thursday November 10, 4pm in Usdan 110
  • Monday November 14, 7pm in Usdan 110
  • Wednesday November 30, Noon in Usdan 108
  • Tuesday December 6, Noon in Usdan 108

Professor Joel Pfister, Chair of the English Department, and Professor Anne Greene, Director of Writing Programs, would like to inform students of the following prizes and fellowships.  Unless otherwise indicated, all entries are due by March 3, 2011 by 5:00 PM.

Most of the prizes and fellowships are open to juniors, except where specified. We invite juniors to apply for the Annie Sonnenblick Writing Awards, which support juniors who wish to undertake an independent writing project during the summer between their junior and senior years. We strongly encourage students to apply.  This year we will be selecting multiple recipients.

We also encourage juniors to apply for summer Olin Fellowships. The fellowships may be used for work in English outside the Wesleyan course structure. Suitable projects may include, study in an academic program, research, training in research methods, or sustained work on a piece of writing.

Juniors who expect to attend graduate school after Wesleyan will be interested in the Winchester Fellowships. The Winchester Fellowships are awarded to graduating seniors and recent graduates to support graduate work in literature or writing.

Juniors are also welcome to apply for the Wesleyan Writers Conference Scholarships. They should note that the deadline is March 24th, 2011.

Please instruct students to visit the Writing Prizes website for prize and fellowship information: http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/prizeinfo.html

The English Department and Writing Programs invite students to submit outstanding poetry, fiction, and prose for consideration for prizes.  These prizes recognize exceptional student writing and also support summer projects and graduate study.  Prize winners have included students from all majors and class years. Students have undertaken various ambitious projects through summer fellowships, including travel to Bangladesh, Kenya, and other foreign destinations. Students have also completed research, oral history projects, and personal writing initiatives.

Please see our website for a complete list of awards and complete application procedures for each at  www.wesleyan.edu/writing

Applications are due March 24th to the Writing Programs Office in Downey 112 (lower level).

For further information email Jessica Posner, Russell House Arts Fellow, 860.685.3448, RussellHouse@wesleyan.edu.

Please consider nominating an employee of Wesleyan University for the Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Employee Prize. Nominations will require a one page description from faculty, staff, or students how the selected employee is one who has contributed to student success and life at Wesleyan. The description must have specific examples.

Eligible employees include custodians, dining staff, grounds crew, and building maintenance staff (e.g., electricians). Selections will be made by the review committee of the employee to receive the award.

All nominations must be in by February 26, 2010. Submit nominations to Marina J. Melendez, Ph.D., North College, 2nd floor, room 215 or mmelendez@wesleyan.edu.

Selection Committee: Matthew Joseph Brown ’03; Richard Culliton, ; Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Derek Vincent Garcia, ’04; Noel Garrett, Class Dean 2011; Renee Johnson-Thornton, Dean for Diversity & Student Engagement & Associate Coordinator, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship; Marina J. Melendez, Class Dean 2010 & Chair; Rachael Morgenstern-Clarren, family member; Ann Wightman, Professor of History and Latin American Studies.

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan. His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Committee, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International. We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good. A committee will select the sophomore or junior who best embodies the pursuit of social justice. The application process is described below.

Any sophomore or junior in good standing may submit an application statement that addresses the following:

  • Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you played a leadership role that sought to make our society more equitable (The effort could have a direct affect on the Wesleyan campus or on external communities.);
  • Indicate how you effectively worked across different social identity groups (such as identity-based student organizations, program houses, faculty, administrators, and staff) in the pursuit of social justice;

In addition to your application statement, you must include a letter of support from a faculty or administrator involved in your effort and submit evidence of impact that the social justice effort had on making our society more just by contributing testimonies from individuals directly involved, artifacts from your social justice effort (e.g., past printed programs, presentations, and articles), and/or your work from courses. You may include non-print items, such as DVDs.

You must include at least four copies of the non-print and printed items and drop them off to Dean Marina J. Melendez, North College, 2nd floor, Room 215 by 5 p.m. on February 26, 2010. All application letters, letters of support and printed items must be in by the deadline. By submitting your application, you agree to allow the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Strategic Partnerships to use it (or excerpts from it) for assessment, archival, and promotion purposes.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dean Marina J. Melendez, Ph.D., x.2765, mmelendez@wesleyan.edu.

Previous recipients

  • 2009: Lily Mandlin, class of 2010 Facilitator, North End Action Team Teen Dreams Society
  • 2008: Mu Abeledo, class of 2009 Founder, Middletown Youth Radio Project (MYRP)
  • 2007: Lashawn Springer, class of 2008 Program Organizer, “Common Struggle for Freedom & Justice”

Selection Committee: Matthew Joseph Brown ’03; Richard Culliton, Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students; Derek Vincent Garcia ’04; Noel R. Garrett, Associate Dean/Class Dean 2011; Renee Johnson-Thornton, Dean for Diversity & Student Engagement & Associate Coordinator, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship; Marina J. Melendez, Associate Dean/Class Dean 2010 & Chair; Rachael Morgenstern-Clarren; Ann Wightman, Professor of History and Latin American Studies.

The Peter Morgenstern-Clarren ’03 Social Justice Award was created in memory of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren who pursued social justice while a student at Wesleyan.  His activism included securing benefits for Wesleyan custodial staff, participating in the United Student and Labor Action Committee, and contributing his leadership to the campus chapter of Amnesty International.  We are grateful to Dr. Hadley Morgenstern-Clarren and The Honorable Pat Morgenstern-Clarren for their generosity in sponsoring this award that honors their son’s activism for the public good.  A committee will select the sophomore or junior who best embodies the pursuit of social justice.  The application process is described below.

Any sophomore or junior in good standing may submit an application statement that addresses the following:

  • Describe in detail the most influential social justice effort in which you played a leadership role that sought to make our society more equitable. (The effort could have a direct affect on the Wesleyan campus or on external communities.)
  • Indicate how you effectively worked across different social identity groups (such as identity-based student organizations, program houses, faculty, administrators, and staff) in the pursuit of social justice

In addition to your application statement, you must include a letter of support from a faculty or administrator involved in your effort and submit evidence of impact that the social justice effort had on making our society more just by contributing testimonies from individuals directly involved, artifacts from your social justice effort (e.g., past printed programs, presentations, and articles), and/or your work from courses.  You may include non-print items, such as DVDs.

You must include at least four copies of the non-print and printed items and drop them off to Dean Marina J. Melendez, North College, 2nd floor, Room 215 by 5 p.m. on February 26, 2010.  All application letters, letters of support and printed items must be in by the deadline.  By submitting your application, you agree to allow the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Strategic Partnerships to use it (or excerpts from it) for assessment, archival, and promotion purposes.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dean Marina J. Melendez, Ph.D., x.2765, mmelendez@wesleyan.edu.