Ruth Murray Essay Prize in Women's Studies, Feminist Criticism, and Gender Studies

$500 to a UChicago undergraduate for an essay on women's studies, feminist criticism, and gender studies

The Ruth Murray Prize will be awarded for the best essay written by a University of Chicago undergraduate student in the area of women's studies, feminist criticism or gender studies. The $500 prize sponsored is in memory of Ruth Murray, who died in 1991, having served as Bibliographer for the Education, Psychology, Sociology and Women's Studies Collections at the Regenstein Library for many years. Ruth Murray had a strong interest in encouraging scholarship in women's studies and often served as a stimulus and facilitator of work by students and faculty in the area. It is the intent of the Ruth Murray Prize Committee that the essay competition sustain and encourage scholarship in women's studies, as Ruth Murray did during her lifetime.

Deadline Information

By 12:00 pm: Sunday, April 14, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

Essays may come from students in all majors and may take the form of analytic or critical essays, empirical research papers, or personal essays. Essays should be no longer than 50 double-spaced pages. Students may only submit one paper each. Papers must be in English.

Application Process

To enter the competition, a student should submit an application electronically.

The committee reserves the right to split the prize in the case of multiple awards.

Please contact Student Affairs Administrator Bonnie Kanter (; 773-702-2365) with any questions.