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 third annual essay and creative works competition.

This paper competition solicits perspectives on the following question: How has communication in the course of your research and everyday life, impacted your understanding of your identity and other's identities both personally and professionally?

Communication is key to impactful research, whether it be with research participants, stakeholders, colleagues, and other communities inside and outside of academia. Effective communication strategies are developed through the course of research, and are shaped by our identities and those of the people we communicate with. SWIG encourages responses to this prompt considering your own experiences and how you have been shaped as a student and a person by the need to communicate in your research and coursework.

Example topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
•    trans-disciplinary communication
•    the impact of technology on your ability to communicate
•    communication experiences with research participants and constituents
•    negotiating communication across linguistic barriers
•    nonverbal communication methods
•    areas where communication 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 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 2016 AAG Conference panel on the Art of Grant Proposal Writing, hosted by SWIG, although participation in the conference is not required.

Submissions are due March 20, 2016.

Submit your work:

Questions: Sam Stehle



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.