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Undergraduate Student Initiative

Support for Undergraduate Students

As part of its commitment to academic excellence, CSW encourages the development of scholarly and professional skills among UCLA undergraduate students interested in research related to women, gender and sexuality.  Through our awards, newsletter, meeting space, and employment, CSW fosters the success of many undergraduates.  While student support has always been a part of CSW’s mission, this structure has been extended and formalized through the organization of new opportunities for undergraduate students.


  • The Constance Coiner Award honors the life and continues the work of Constance Coiner, Ph.D., who died along with her daughter, Ana Duarte-Coiner, on TWA Flight 800, in June of 1996.  Applications are welcome from upper-division students (with a GPA of 3.0 or higher) who demonstrate an active commitment to both working-class and feminist issues and involvement in community activities for social change.

  • The Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., Award, made possible through the generosity of Penny Kanner, Ph.D., recognizes a publishable research report, thesis, dissertation, or published article by a UCLA undergraduate student relating to women, health, or women in health-related sciences. (Examples include medicine, biological and other sciences, public health, sociology of medicine, history of science, or health policy.)

  • The Renaissance Award, made possible through the generous donation of Myrna Hant, Ph.D., rewards the rebirth of academic aspirations among women whose college careers were interrupted or delayed by family and/or career obligations and encourages achievement in the pursuit of a bachelor's degree at UCLA.  The student must be a UCLA undergraduate woman who returned or is returning to college after a period of years.

  • Travel Awards for undergraduate research are funded through donations from friends and supporters of the CSW.  This program assists undergraduate students with travel expenses, enabling them to present papers at or attend a professional conference related to their research on women, gender, and sexuality.  


The Center employs undergraduate students who gain valuable experience and training that enhance their professional careers.  Students have learned how to prepare for a conference, develop a website, conduct basic research, write a newsletter article, use subject-specific databases, and succeed in a university workplace.


Undergraduate groups on campus that work on issues related to women, gender, and sexuality compete for limited meeting space. CSW provides access to its conference room to support campus advocacy and academic efforts among undergraduate students.


Student Groups Related to Gender, Sexuality, and Women

 Undergraduate Research Center—Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences 

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