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2014 GWST Student Awards

May 16, 2014 3:34 PM
The Gender and Women's Studies Department chose six outstanding graduating seniors to receive annual awards from the department. The awards were presented by Dr. Carole McCann, GWST Professor and Chair, at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Award Ceremony on April 29th. 

The GWST department offers two award opportunities. The first is the Jo Ann E. Argersinger Award for Academic Achievement. Named for a former provost and Gender and Women’s Studies faculty member, this award recognizes exemplary academic achievement in gender and women’s studies. The second is the Joan S. Korenman Outstanding Service Award, named for the founding director of the Program. This award recognizes outstanding service to the Gender and Women’s Studies Department.



Susannah Hinz is a
Gender and Women's Studies major and a Critical Sexuality Studies minor with a
4.0 GPA. She is a co-leader in Women Involved in Learning and Leadership. She
has co-organized a panel discussion on the prison industrial complex and is
currently co-organizing a production of the Vagina Monologues. Susannah is
currently a research assistant for Dr. Carole McCann, researching mid-century
population control and birth control, and she plans on attending graduate
school in the future. Susie received both the 
Jo Ann E. Argersinger Academic Achievement Award in GWST and the Joan S. Korenman Award for Service in GWST.

Libby Barrow is a Gender and Women's
Studies major and Psychology minor with a 4.0 GPA. She has been on both the
Dean's List and the President's List for the past three semesters, since she
transferred to UMBC in Fall 2012. She is also the Director of Internal
Relations with the Gender and Women’s Studies Council of Majors and Minors. She
has worked hard to excel in school with the support of her family after being
home schooled by her mother from kindergarten through 12th grade. Although she
is not entirely sure what her future holds, she is excited to explore the world
with the knowledge she gained from the Gender and Women's Studies Department. Libby received 
the Jo Ann E. Argersinger Academic Achievement Award in GWST.

Leah Ginty is graduating with a B.A. in MLLI
(French), a certificate in GWST, and a minor in music, having made the
President’s List every semester so far. She will be attending Boston College in
Fall 2014 to pursue an M.A. in French Literature and Culture. Her research
interests center on feminist literature, activism, and music in francophone
countries. She is a French peer tutor, and served in 2013 as a research intern
for Democratic pro-choice PAC EMILY’s List. Libby r
eceived the Jo Ann E. Argersinger Academic Achievement Award in GWST.

Caitlyn Leiter-Masonis a double major in Gender + Women's
Studies and Political Science.  She is a
member of the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program and the Honors College
and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior.  Last year, she spent a semester studying in
Tunisia and completed an oral history of a young Tunisian activist about her
involvement in Tunisia's Arab Spring movement. 
Caitlyn has committed her extracurricular energy to fostering political
activity and awareness on campus, leading the UMBC College Democrats, holding
appointed leadership positions in the Student Government Association, and
organizing activist efforts around pay equity, marriage equality, the DREAM
Act, transgender nondiscrimination legislation, and voter registration.  After graduation, Caitlyn will continue her
current job managing a local county council campaign while applying to graduate
programs in public policy and political science with an emphasis on gender +
women's studies. Caitlyn 
received the Jo Ann E. Argersinger Academic Achievement Award in GWST.

Zachary Neil is graduating Magna Cum
Laude with a BA in Theatre Performance with a minor in Critical Sexuality
Studies. Zack is a three year Resident Assistant, President of the National
Residence Hall Honorary, has conducted research surrounding camp, interned with
the Women’s Center, and is a past UMBC Mascot. In the fall Zack will be
starting his Master’s in College Student Personnel at Western Illinois
University. He will be holding an assistantship in the LGBTQA Resource Center
with hopes of creating an inclusive campus environment for all students, where
they may grow and learn. Zachary 
received the Jo Ann E. Argersinger Academic Achievement Award in GWST.

Cassandra Morales graduated in December 2013 with a BA
in Anthropology and minors in Gender and Women's Studies and History, and she
was a member of the Honors College. She was an active member of Women Involved
in Learning and Leadership (WILL) for 3 1/2 years and was a co-leader of the
organization for 2 years. Cassandra was the Resident Assistant for the WILL Living
Learning Community. She was also an intern for the Women's Center, and
eventually worked as a student staff member. Currently, Cassandra is an intern
for Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast on WYPR, NPR's affiliate in Baltimore. Cassandra received
the Joan S. Korenman Award for Service in GWST.

The GWST faculty and staff wish to congratulate this year's award recipients. We look forward to their continued and future success!