The Jennifer Fluri and Amy Trauger Student Essay Competition

The Jennifer Fluri and Amy Trauger Student Essay Competition

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Call for contributions
Penn State SWIG calls for submissions to its inaugural student essay competition. Recognizing the role of gender, class, sexuality and race in the organization of our everyday lives, SWIG aims to promote and empower individuals within geography by offering a supportive network that sponsors opportunities to grow professionally, intellectually, and personally.


Inspired by the theme of this year’s Feminist Geography Conference: “Feminist Geography: Who we are, what we do, and why we do it,” this competition solicits students' perspectives on how SWIG’s goals contribute or connect to emerging scholars’ academic, research, and/or teaching lives.

We welcome contributions from current undergraduate and graduate students. Although written essay submissions are limited to 1,000 words, we encourage contributors to express their thoughts using other mediums as well, including, but not limited to, photography, poetry, film, drawing, and painting.

With the author’s permission, submissions will be made public for others on Penn State SWIG’s website. We envision the public presentation of submissions to provoke discussion and questions in the discipline about what support looks like, and how it may be and could be experienced.


Awards will be presented at the Feminist Geography Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, although participation in the conference is not required.



 This competition is open to all students:

• graduate or undergraduate
• attending US or international institutions
• planning to attend the Feminist Geography Conference in Omaha or not


Submissions are due May 1, 2014.

Submit your work:

Questions: Arielle Hesse at



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.