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  "" 2007 Graduate Student Award Winners

Listed below are the graduate students who won awards for their outstanding conference papers.

Submission information for each category

Michael K. Schoenecke Award for American Culture
Heather Aziere, Northeastern State University, “America’s Football Rite: The United Pigskin Church”
Judge: Dr. Diana Cox

Phyllis Bridges Graduate Award for Biography
Debby Katz, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), “Maggots in the Rice or Avenging Heroines? Female Mythological Icons and National Belonging in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior and Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands
Judge: Dr. Judith Carter

Jerry Bradley Award for Creative Writing
Annie Christain, University of South Dakota, for her poems: “Done When No Longer Pink Inside” and “All Your Best Keychains”
Judge: Dr. Jill Patterson

Diana Cox Award for Images of Women (Co-Winners)
Kate Van Gelder, University of Washington-Tacoma, “Discourse and the Gender Gap at National Geographic Magazine”
Paige Cunningham, University of Washington-Tacoma, “Supporting the Nail: The Role of a Shojo Manga in Promoting Independence and Self Worth”
Judge: Dr. Monica Ganas

Post Script Award for Best Graduate Student Paper on Film
We’d like to thank the efforts of long time SWPCA member Gerald Duchovnay, Editor of Post Script, for making this award possible and for his wish to support with this award graduate students entering the profession.
Alessandra Senzani, Florida Atlantic University, “Dreaming Back: Tracey Moffatt's Bedeviling Films”

Special Mention to undergraduate contributor Jonathan Strawn, University of New Mexico, “The Scalpel of Immersion: Cinema, Suture, and Video Games”
Judges: Drs. Lynnea King and Tobias Hochscherf

Peter C. Rollins Award for Best Graduate Paper on Popular Culture
Bradley H. Lane, Indiana University, “Suddenly Last Semester: What Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer Taught Me about the Queer Dis-ease”
Judges: Dr. Phil Heldrich with Lynnea Chapman King and Rhonda Taylor

The Charles Redd Center Award for Western Studies
Ryan Dearinger, University of Utah, “Building Railroads, Constructing Manhood, and Defining Progress: Utah and the Transcontinental Railroad”
Judge: Dr. Dennis Cutchins.

Dr. Cutchins could not be present but he did note that the paper analyzes Mormon participation in the construction of both the Central and Union Pacific lines. Ryan's carefully researched paper analyzes this participation in light of the perception of Mormons in popular nineteenth Century culture, and the Mormon attempts to improve that perception.

Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau Award for Southwestern Culture
Rosa Martinez, California State University-Chico, “Libras tu del olvido: Ancestral Voices in Villagra’s Historia de la Nueva Mexico (1610)”
Judge: Drs. Ken Dvorak with Peter C. Rollins

Other Winners:  2006  |  2005  |  2004  |  2003


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