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Laura Richardson Whitaker Memorial Graduate Award in Women's Studies

Laura Richardson Whitaker

December 29, 1970 - March 23, 1994

Laura, a daughter of Seldon V. Whitaker Jr. and Susan Gurry Whitaker of State College, graduated in 1988 from State College Area High School, where she participated in the alternative program and served as the secretary of the program's advisory council.  Upon graduation, she received the Richard M. Sharp Award for Excellence for academic and civic achievement.  She was a senior at Penn State, majoring in History and had been elected to Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.


The Laura Richardson Whitaker Memorial Graduate Fund in Women’s Studies Award recognizes excellence in research. The award supports dissertation-related research expenses of doctoral students enrolled in the Women’s Studies dual degree program.  (Minors are not eligible for the award at this time.)  Self-nominations are welcome.  Applications should include:

  • A one-page statement describing the applicant’s dissertation project with specific attention to research methods and goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty that focus on the applicant’s research
  • A current CV
  • A current transcript

Applications are due February 19, 2018. Please submit all materials in pdf form (except recommendations) to the Women's Studies Graduate Matters Committee at . Please ask your letter writers to send their recommendation directly to the same email address, preferably as an attached document.

Previous Recipients:

2017 Kelsey Brain and Leslie Sotomayor

2016 Elisabeth Garner

2015 Maria del Rosario Castro Bernardini and Aprana Parikh

2014 Azita Ranjbar and Shan-Jan Sarah Liu