The Jennifer Fluri and Amy Trauger Student Essay Competition

The Jennifer Fluri and Amy Trauger Student Essay and Creative Works Competition

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Call for contributions

Recognizing the role of gender, class, sexuality and race in the organization of our everyday lives, Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) aims to promote and empower individuals within geography by offering a supportive network that sponsors opportunities to grow professionally, intellectually, and personally. Penn State's SWIG organization invites undergraduate and graduate students from all institutions and disciplines to contribute to our ongoing efforts and conversations and submit to our fourth annual essay and creative works competition.

This paper competition solicits perspectives on the following question:
How has mentorship made you a better scholar and
how do you practice mentorship in your day-to-day actions?

SWIG encourages responses to this prompt that consider your own experiences and how you have been shaped as a student and a person by mentorship in your research and coursework.  Furthermore, we encourage you to consider yourself as a mentor and how your actions have helped to grow, shape, and transform future scholars.


Example topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • the impacts of mentorship on you as a scholar
  • experiences with mentoring undergraduates or others in your field
  • trans-disciplinary mentorship
  • areas where mentorship is lacking and proposed solutions

And many more...!


We welcome contributions from current undergraduate and graduate students, irrespective of academic institution or discipline. Although written essay submissions are limited to 1,000 words (excluding references and short abstract), we encourage contributors to express their thoughts using other mediums as well, including, but not limited to: maps, diagrams, photography, poetry, film, drawing, and painting. Every submission, whether textual or visual, should include a 100-word abstract that indicates how the entry addresses the intent of the CFP.

With the author’s permission, submissions will be made public on Penn State SWIG’s website. We envision the public presentation of submissions to provoke discussion and questions about what support in academia looks like, and how it may be and/or could be experienced. Awards will be presented at SWIG’s conference panel on the Broader Impacts of Our Research at the 2017 AAG. However, participation in the conference is not required to receive an award.


Submissions are due March 27, 2017.

Submit your work:

Questions: Jamie Peeler



Background information

Dr. Jennifer Fluri and Dr. Amy Trauger were instrumental in the establishment and promotion of Penn State SWIG when there were graduate students in the Penn State Department of Geography. Their defining leadership established long standing traditions in our community, including Supporting Young Women in Geography Day (SYWIG Day) where young women from across the state participate in a day of geography learning with researchers in our department, and has left a legacy within our department of a culture of mentorship, support, and outreach. By hosting this award in their names, we hope to further the spirit of their work with Penn State SWIG.