Award Winners 1998

Presidential Awards ($1,000 each)

Corel Brown 
Ph.D. student in English. Financial assistance to spend the summer finishing her novel, The Unsayable, a multigenerational story about incest. By writing about three generations of incest, Ms Brown hopes to show "…how something so horrible happens again-again-again."

Center for Latino, Latina American, and Caribbean Studies (CELAC) 
Edna Acosta-Belen, accepting 
Financial assistance for publishing Internationalizing Women’s Studies: Cross-Cultural Perspectives for Gender Research and Teaching, a volume of selected papers from the major conference activities of the University’s 1995-98 Ford Foundation project, Internationalizing Women’s Studies.

Jennifer Clunie 
M.A. student in History. Financial support to complete research on a history of the grassroots abortion rights activists (individuals and organizations) in New York State who campaigned from 1962 to 1973 to legalize abortion. 
"This award provides both financial and emotional support and encouragement to conduct research on a movement by, for, and about women."

Jamie Evans 
Undergraduate Sociology major, premed student and woman of color who demonstrates outstanding academic talent. Financial support for summer classes needed to complete major and premed requirements.
"I sincerely thank the IFW awards committee for giving me this rare opportunity to financially support my educational goals. It is already a difficult task trying to maintain my individuality as a student being a young woman, and also a woman of color. The IFW awards committee has recognized my academic talents as a student in this position and thus has helped to advance me one step closer toward achieving my aspirations."

Yang Shen 
Ph.D. student in Sociology. Research on empowering women through neighborhood social services and individual resources: a case study in Shanghai. Funds go toward interview costs and travel.

Named Awards

The Lillian Barlow Initiatives For Women Award ($500) 
Tanya Manning 
Ph.D. student in Education and R.A. for CELA. African American, non-traditional age student. Will run a two to three month seminar for high school and college women on writing and performance. She is linking teaching literacy to her own interest in performance art, with a focus on women and empowerment.
"This award has allowed me to make come true my envisionment of working with and for women."

The Kathleen A. Turek Initiatives For Women Award ($500) 
Tina Tarquinio 
Computer Science and Applied Mathematics major, interested in combining computer science and law interests. For tuition for extra summer courses.

The Susan Van Horn Shipherd ’64 Women in Science Scholarship ($250) 
Karin Kemp 
Undergraduate woman of color majoring in English and Biology and planning for a career in medicine. Financial assistance for summer school.

The Secretarial/Clerical Council Initiatives For Women Award ($250) 
Deborah Coppola 
Support staff member of the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center and working mother returning to school at a non-traditional age. Financial support to complete an Associates degree at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Initiatives For Women Fine Art Scholarship ($500) 
Anna Socha 
Undergraduate, non-traditional age student. Costs to set up an exhibit of her photos from the Fourth World United Nations Conference on Women (Beijing) at Borders Books and Music.
"This award will enable me to share a glimpse into the magic of women’s involvement in making changes globally, by working on the grassroots level."

The Jennine O’Reilly-Conway ’88 Award($500) 
Lisa Easterly 
Ph.D. student in Social Welfare. Single mother returning to school at a non-traditional age. Financial assistance to complete her degree and work with affirmative businesses who employ people with disabilities.

The Gloria R. DeSole Fund for Initiatives For Women ($500) 
Angelina Diaz 
Assistant Director of Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program at the University’s Counseling Center and a Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology. Financial support for dissertation research on the relationship between cultural identity and HIV risk among Latina women.
"This award is immensely important to me as a Latina woman because, not only is it assisting me to attain my doctorate, but it also makes contributions to the dearth of HIV/AIDS prevention research on women."

The Anne Gustin Scholarship for Women in Law and Government ($250) 
Jennifer Cordes 
Undergraduate Sociology major in the 3+3 Law Program with Albany Law School and a member of the 1997 ECAC Championship Field Hockey Team. Financial support for a woman demonstrating outstanding academic and athletic accomplishment.

The University at Albany Women’s Association, "University Women’s Award" ($500 each) 
Althea Bartley 
Student in M.S. program in Biometrics and Statistics in the School of Public Health. African American woman out of school two years between University at Albany B.S. and graduate school. Also helps out with projects at the Center for Minority Health.

Kathleen Vedder 
Returning woman student and single mother. Currently in advanced study in MSW program. High G.P.A. while raising three teenagers. Previously worked in Head Start before coming to University at Albany and wants to eventually work in pediatric oncology. Funds needed for basic living expenses.

The Bernice Mosbey Peebles ’39 Scholarship Award ($500) 
Nikki Josephs 
Undergraduate woman of color majoring in history and beginning the teacher education program in Fall 1998 in order to prepare for a career teaching social studies in urban education.

The Gladys and David Groudine Award ($250) 
Keiko Miwa 
Ph.D. student in Educational Administration and Policy Studies. To support her dissertation research. She is looking at non-government and government organizations relations in primary education in Bangladesh.

Initiatives For Women Awards

Laura Castillo ($500) 
Ed.D. student in Educational Administration and Policy Studies. Financial support for dissertation research on the relationship between Feminist Popular Education and the political activism and empowerment of women in the Dominican Republic.
"I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do international research without this award. It helps me to realize my research goals."

Stacey Dawes ($600) 
M.S. student in Reading. Financial support to finish degree which will allow her to teach as an English Language Arts/Reading instructor.

Jesse Epstein ($200) 
M.F.A. student in Studio Art, for art supplies. 
"This funding allows me to continue supporting my education and career as a woman artist, resolving questions and creating dialogue between our physical and spiritual presence."

Patricia Gonzales ($300) 
Ph.D. student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Remuneration of research subjects for a research project on the effects of "stereotype threat" on test performance of Latino students.
"Because Latino subjects are difficult to find, this funding allows me to complete my project and complete my Master’s degree."

Marcia Hernandez ($500) 
Ph.D. student in Sociology. Funding for equipment to study the effects of an instructor’s race and gender on students’ tolerance and acceptance of information, and belief in the competency of the instructor.

Miehyeon Kim ($1,000) 
Ph.D. student in English. The funds will be used for research on American minority women writers as a Ph.D. dissertation.

Crystal Moore ($500) 
Ph.D. student in Social Welfare. A prior IFW award recipient whose research under that 1996 grant produced a published article. For dissertation work on the roles of family and religion in end-of-life medical decision-making among the elderly, an issue that is especially salient to mothers and daughters who often bear the responsibility of caregiving.
"The IFW program has enabled me to successfully pursue a line of meaningful research, an essential activity in realizing my goal of becoming an academic in the field of social welfare. My first publication was made possible through the generosity of IFW, and I am indeed grateful for the program’s continued support."

Tessie Petion ($450) 
Undergraduate Business major, concentrating in MSI. Eventually wants to be a doctor. Prior Spellman Award winner. Funds toward Kaplan MCAT review preparation.
"Because I got a late start in my preparation for medical school, the Kaplan course will make it easier for me to gain entrance into medical

Lea Pickard ($600) 
Ph.D. student in Anthropology. For travel to Mexico to do fieldwork for thesis on Mexican women’s involvement in the abortion debates.

Bonnie Spanier ($500) 
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies. To travel and tape interviews about grassroots activism to eradicate breast cancer.
"This award encourages me to pursue a long-range project on science and feminist activism."

E. Michele Staley ($500) 
Ph.D. student in Criminal Justice. Funds go toward surveying criminal justice decision makers on the treatment of women and men offenders in child abuse cases. Funding will help offset copying and postage expenses for the mail survey to be used in her dissertation research.
"This award is a wonderful honor. Especially from such a worthwhile organization."

Rebecca Stanley ($900) 
Coordinator of Distance Education, Professional Development Program at Rockefeller College. Disabled staff member. Funds are for full-time attendant to come with her to a conference and summer course on Quality of Life for the Disabled in Copenhagen. She has funding, but needs car rental and registration fee for attendant.

Nalani White ($500) 
Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology. Needs to pay fees to make use of privately registered questionnaire for her thesis work on ethnic identity and academic self-sufficiency.

Pamela Wiener ($600) 
Ph.D. student in Social Welfare. Seeks subject fees for a study of grandparents as surrogate parents to their grandchildren. Sample will be taken from not-for-profit support groups in Florida, where she lives.

Patricia Willis ($500) 
D.A. in Humanistic Studies student, with a focus on Women’s Studies and Public Policy. Funding will allow her to take more credits. Has a research interest in the effects of the Women’s Movement on flight attendant organizing in the 1970’s.

Women Organized for Radical Difference (WORD) ($250) 
Elizabeth Burnworth, accepting 
Wants to sponsor sexual assault awareness workshop utilizing peer education to be made available to residence hall advisors and course instructors, especially about acquaintance rape.

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