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GSSA: Undergraduate Prizes 2014

Every year the Department of Gender Studies and Social Analysis awards a number of prizes to excellent students undertaking courses in the Discipline.

On 4 May 2015 the following prizes were awarded to students for their study during 2014. GSSA congratulates these exceptional students and wishes them a successful future:

The YWCA of Adelaide Prize in Women’s Studies

YWCA of Adelaide is the leading voice for young women in South Australia. The not for profit community organisation provides advocacy, support, empowerment and leadership opportunities for young women under 30 through services, programs and campaigns. As part of the world’s oldest and largest women led membership movement – the YWCA – they have been working with and for young women in Adelaide since 1880.

Each year the YWCA of Adelaide awards a prize to the student whose academic performance, in the opinion of the examiners, shows her/him to be the most outstanding student in Level I Gender Studies courses.

For 2014 the prize was awarded to Julie-Ann Jakab.

The Zonta Club of Adelaide Prize for Gender Studies

The Zonta Club of Adelaide Inc. is part of Zonta International, a worldwide service organisation of over 33,000 executives in business and the professions working together advancing the status of women worldwide.

The Zonta Club of Adelaide awards an annual prize to encourage and support feminist scholarship important to the advancement of women.

The prize is awarded to the Level II student whose academic performance, in the opinion of the examiners, show her/him to be the most outstanding student in Level II Gender Studies courses.

For 2014 the prize was awarded to Elise Bills.

The Soroptimist International Prize for Gender Studies

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women in management and professions working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women.

Soroptimists are women who inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members as well as local and international partnerships.

Soroptimist International Adelaide, Eastern Districts, Naracoorte, Southern Districts, Barossa and Torrens Clubs in the region of South Australia have provided ongoing support and an annual prize to encourage and support feminist scholarship important to the advancement of women. The prize is awarded to the student whose academic performance, in the opinion of the examiners, show her/him to be the most outstanding student in Level II Gender Studies courses.

For 2014 the prize was awarded to Rachael Nielsen.

The Lia Watson Memorial Prize

Lia Watson was a dedicated, intelligent and free thinking student in the Faculty of Arts who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997, majoring in Women’s Studies and English. Lia possessed strength of character that always led her to achieve success despite the pressure of working in numerous jobs to support herself and maintaining the many and close friendships she cherished.

Her close friends and family have donated funds to the University to establish an annual prize in the Discipline of Gender, Work & Social Inquiry in her memory, for the purpose of encouraging academic excellence and dedication in the study of second and third year Gender Studies subjects in the Discipline. The prize shall be awarded annually to a third year student who, in the opinion of the Gender Studies staff of the Discipline of Gender, Work & Social Inquiry has achieved a consistently high level in both Level II and Level III Gender Studies courses, despite employment and other distracting pressures – the situation of Lia Watson.

For 2013 the prize was awarded to Belinda Willson.

The Business and Professional Women Prize

The Business and Professional Women’s Federation has provided for an annual prize to encourage and support feminist scholarship important to the advancement of women.

This prize is awarded to the female student whose academic achievement, in the opinion of the examiners, shows her to be the most outstanding female student in the Honours Gender Studies course.

For 2013 the prize was awarded to Blair Williams.

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