Award Winners 2011


Louise C. and Earl M. Applegate Award

Ann Carroll Kearney ($500.)
Ms. Kearney is currently a graduate student in the College of Computing and Information. She will use her award to complete an additional graduate course, Research Methods, in the Department of Information Studies during the fall 2011 semester.  

Barlow Family Award

Christine Preble ($500.)

Ms. Preble is working on a dissertation in cultural anthropology. She will use her award to further explore the mutually affecting relationship between local and tourist populations in Cozumel, Mexico. The purpose of this research is to describe the ways touristic commodification is a dynamic, mutually constructive process between locale and tourist.


The Gloria R. DeSole Fund for IFW

Cassandra G. Carter ($500.)

Ms. Carter is developing an exciting Albany-based community program to combat childhood obesity. "Ready, Set …Zumba" will promote healthy behaviors in local Latina and African-Americans girls. These young girls will take part in a six-week program with dance work-outs and educational sessions on quality nutrition and other beneficial health information. Ms. Carter will use her funding to acquire skills necessary  for implementing and maintaining this program.

Ford Foundation IFW Women in Science Fellowship

MaNtsetse Kgama ($500.)

Ms. Kgama will complete an internship at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa. Through this opportunity she will be able to contribute to the NICD's Outbreak Response Unit. She will investigate large and small scale incidences and collect epidemiological data in order to identify sources of disease infection.

Darlene Yule ($1000.)

Ms. Yule is a graduate student at the School of Public Health. Her research interests include reducing health disparities in Latino populations. Her goal is to learn from Latino public health leaders in South America and apply that knowledge to improve health promotion programs for Latino women in the Capital District.


The Judy L. Genshaft Fund for IFW Scholarship

Senem Guney ($500.)

Dr. Guney’s project involves participation in the largest and most prestigious international conference in the field of organization science – the Academy of Management (AoM)---to be held this August in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to presenting papers she will attend professional development workshops and other networking activities at the AoM meeting.


The Ann Gustin IFW Scholarship for Women in Law & Government

Jennifer Goodall Woodward ($400.)

Ms. Woodward is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science. Her dissertation will explore the early interpretations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from the perspective of the public and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's responses to individual complaints. She will use her funding for supplies and travel to the National Achieves so she may review letters of correspondence between the public and the Commission.


The Haynes-Davis Memorial Scholarship

Alison J. Rivers ($700.)

Ms. Rivers is conducting her master’s thesis research on the resilience across a spectrum of positive life variables in the caregivers of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. Further knowledge of resilience in these caregivers may aid in enhancing life adjustment in deserving females. Ms. Rivers is dedicated to helping others through clinical psychology.

Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Fund

Sherly Abraham ($500.)

Ms. Abraham will be using the IFW funds to attend the doctoral consortium in Organizational Communications and Information Systems (OCIS), a division of the Academy of Management.
This is a great opportunity for Ms. Abraham to present her dissertation work and obtain feedback from experts in the field.

Andrea Hobkirk ($700.)

Ms. Hobrick will use her award to support her doctoral work. Through her dissertation research she will assess physiological and biological responses to stress among Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients. MS is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects millions of women world-wide. Through this research Ms. Hobrick will better understand how stress is related to symptoms and how future psychological interventions can mitigate the negative effects of stress.

Lenore Horowitz ($500.)

Ms. Horowitz is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Informatics. She will attend the international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2011 conference. This conference is the world's largest gathering of technical women in computing. Lenore will greatly benefit from this truly inspirational, energetic event with wonderful opportunities for mentoring, motivation, networking, technical and career development.

Maryann Kelly ($500.)

Ms. Kelly’s dissertation focuses on the changing activities and lessons of the Mexican Girl Guide Movement. Her research funding will help her to evaluate how women's civic participation, athletic endeavors, and engagement with global women's movements advanced a new and changing sense of citizenship in twentieth-century Mexico.

Meghan O'Neil Kuebler ($500.)

Ms. Kuebler is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology. She will use her award for her doctoral research.  Her dissertation entitled, Does Neighborhood Racial Composition Matter When Individuals Seek Home Financing? : A National Analysis of Discrimination in the Mortgage Market will examine the availability of mortgages in minority neighborhoods. The project uses nationally representative data and HLM statistical modeling to determine whether banks discriminate against minority neighborhoods.

Rebekah L. Layton ($500.)

Ms. Layton is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on whether regular intensive physical exercise can help individuals build self-control. Understanding how self-control can be built, both from a theoretical standpoint and a practical aspect. This research may open many doors to help those most in need of interventions to target self-control.

Sean Heather McGraw ($500.)

Ms. McGraw, a doctoral student in the Department of History, will use this funding to conduct dissertation research in Ireland. Her thesis, Founding Sisterhoods Margaret Anna Cusack and Catherine McAuley, looks at the work of women in 19th century religious orders and their establishment of social welfare and education programs for poor young women.

Vipanchi Mishra ($500.)

Ms. Mishra will use her IFW grant to present two research studies and attend the doctoral consortium at the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology's annual conference. Her first study investigates the influence of raters’ cultural values on performance ratings, and the second study examines participants’ motivation in assessment centers.

Xiaoai Ren ($400.)

Ms. Ren is pursuing a Ph.D. in Informatics. This award will be used for her doctoral research. This project is a case study of three New York Public Library Systems. She will analyze service decision-making processes in these organizations through the lens of classic decision-making theories: Rational Choice theory and Garbage-can decision model. Findings will contribute to a better understanding of public library systems, decision-making theories, and their application in non-profit organizations.

Megan E. Rolfe ($500.)

Ms. Rolfe is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. She will use her IFW award to support her dissertation research. This project is a qualitative study exploring the intersections of whiteness and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer identity.

Shannon Scotece ($650.)

Ms. Scotece is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. Through her research she seeks to understand faith-based mobilization and activism, as well as the ways religious organizations are using modern tools to shape the policy debates on health care, climate change, and immigration.


Honoring Our Mothers Award

Brandie M. Dingman ($500.)

Ms. Dingman will use her award to cover costs associated with statistical training taken at the University of Buffalo to assist with data coding, interpretation, and analysis necessary to finalize her graduate research project. Her Master's Thesis is entitled Latinos Locked Out: A Critical Demographic Analysis of Racism, Sexism and Language Accents in Rental Access. As a young single mother, Ms. Dingman has overcome many obstacles to achieve her educational goals.

Nelli Sargsyan-Pittman ($500.)

Ms. Sargsyan-Pittman’s dissertation is entitled Queering the Armenian Diaspora. In her research she investigates how queer Armenian women from the Armenian diaspora and Armenia, oppressed as women and as non-heteronomative, carve a discursive space for themselves through their transnational queer activism in patriarchal and heteronormative Armenian circles in Yerevan, Armenia. Nelli noted in her packet that "being a mother of a two and a half year-old curious little girl and pursuing a graduate career can be challenging in terms of juggling finances, time, and energy." She has excelled with meeting these challenges.


Initiatives For Women Endowment Award

Paulina Berrios ($600.)

Ms. Berrios is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. She will use her IFW grant to cover expenses related to dissertation fieldwork that is important with understanding the experiences, perceptions, and motivations for working as university part-time faculty in Chile.

Sara Dapson  ($400.)

Ms. Dapson will attend the National Women's Studies Association Conference in order to build on and challenge current global feminist analysis and praxia, particularly around women's organizing and autonomy in the Middle East as well as neoliberal devaluation of the humanities in the United States.

Amy Starosta ($500.)

Ms. Starosta is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. Her research focuses on sexual risk behavior. Her IFW project consists of a web-based motivational enhancement intervention, specifically targeted to college women, as they are at greater risk of STIs and HIV/AIDS because of both increased physical risk for acquiring STIs and HIV and previously shown tendency to under report risky sexual behaviors.


Physicians' Endowment Fund for Initiatives for Women

Bianca Weathers ($600.)

Ms. Weathers is an undergraduate majoring in Human Biology. Her project entails the advancement of her education, in particular in the medical field. This IFW award will help her to attain her dream of becoming an obstetrician.


The Susan Van Horn-Shipherd '64 Women in Science Scholarship

Gretchen L. Beach ($700.)

Ms. Beach will use her award to fund her dissertation research. She is studying the symbiotic relationships between cholera-causing Vibrio cholera bacteria and planktonic copepods and investigating how the copepods may increase the ability of these bacteria to cause cholera in humans.

The Women in Technology Award

Amanda S. Danko ($500.)

Ms. Danko is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science. She will use her funding to attend and present her research at the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology’s 2011 annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. This conference will give Amanda the opportunity to receive feedback and insight into her research as well as network with professionals in her field. 


General Awards

Susan Appe ($500.)

Ms. Appe is a Ph.D. candidate in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. Her dissertation examines women's organizations' response to recently implemented government policy and their use of a framework of 'rights talk' within the complexity of being both women and indigenous in Ecuador.


Technology Leaders of Today ($500.)

Technology Leaders of Today is an initiative of the College of Computing and Information Women in Technology (CCIWIT) Program. Its goal is to empower and support women studying computing and information. This speaker series brings role models to campus to talk about the challenges and successes along their paths. It also provides a networking opportunity for students, faculty, and members of the Tech Valley and local women in the technology community.

Wendy Prudencio ($500.)

Ms. Prudencio’s project encompasses field research in New York State farms through interviews with immigrant and migrant farm workers. She will partner with local programs to connect with farm workers, and conduct interviews and note observations. The end goal is to produce a qualitative case study analysis based on the field research on the mental health of immigrant workers.

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