Graduate Student Prizes

Tamara Horowitz Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Tamara Horowitz Graduate Paper Prize honors the memory of Dr. Tamara Horowitz, pictured at right, who was Associate Professor of Philosophy and of Women's Studies at Pitt until her untimely death in 2000. Professor Horowitz taught epistemology, feminist philosophy, and the philosophy of science and was a renowned and respected scholar and mentor.

All Pitt graduate students are eligible for this prize, which is awarded to the best paper that directly and substantially addresses topics related to gender, sexuality, or women, broadly understood. There are no restrictions with respect to topic or methodology; entries may be empirical (quantitative or qualitative) studies, philosphical or crticial interventions, reviews, etc. Master's theses and published work are eligible, the only condition being that entries must have been initially prepared for a course, seminar, directed study, thesis, or independent research done at this University. Winning entries will be chosen by a committee of GSWS affiliated faculty, who will assess them on the basis of their fit, clarity, and significance.

The Tamara Horowitz Graduate Student Paper Prize cover sheet must be submitted with your paper. 

Entries for the 2020 competition must be submitted to by *MONDAY, MAY 17* 2021 at noon.


GSWS Dissertation Prize

Doctoral candidates, as well as those students who graduated during the previous school year, may submit complete dissertations for a separate dissertation prize. 

Our Dissertation Prize cover sheet must be submitted digitally along with a digital copy of the dissertation. Submissions will be due Monday, May 17, 2021 by noon.

Application Procedures for Graduate Student Prizes

The submissions will be judged and awarded separately by a panel of judges drawn from GSWS and University faculty. Papers will be reviewed without the author’s name or affiliation. The GSWS Program reserves the right not to award a prize. Graduate papers co-authored with faculty are eligible if the graduate student is the primary author.

All entries must be submitted without the author’s name for blind review except the cover sheet, except in the case of the dissertation prize, for which submissions needs not be stripped of identifying information.


The Iris Marion Young Awards

The Iris Marion Young Awards for Political Engagement honor undergraduate and graduate students and staff and faculty members who have done meaningful work on behalf of social justice.  In collaboration with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, GSWS created the award to honor those who work to promote justice in the University, at the local or national level, or across the globe. Like the philosopher and social theorist Iris Marion Young, in whose memory the award is created, the Young Award recognizes that social activism takes many forms. Justice can be pursued in a variety of ways and places—in the classroom and workplace, in organizations, through specific projects, in academic scholarship, in politics and volunteer work. The venue doesn’t matter. The effort and quality of the contribution does

Nominations for the awards are invited every fall, and the winners are honored at a ceremony open to the community.

Previous Winners

See Information about previous winners of these prizes here.