A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.
Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.
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For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
Katie Von Wald is a Ph.D. candidate in Feminist Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. She received her Masters in Gender and Cultural Studies in Boston at Simmons University. Katie’s research looks at how the medical-industrial complex forms gendered, sexual, and raced subjects. Using feminist and queer methodologies her work interrogates how power works through pathology to mark the marginal body. Katie is looking forward to continuing her studies and presenting her work.
Janelle Christine Simmons earned a B.A. in psychology with a minor in pre-law from Michigan State University and was a member of the Honors College (1998). She then earned an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2002). Thereafter, she earned an M.Div. from Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology (now known as TTGU) in Seoul, South Korea (2006). Then she earned an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University (2013 and 2016 respectively). Recently, she earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.
My favorite part of the conference experience was meeting my fellow Graduate Scholars. We're at approximately the same stage in our academic careers and everyone is doing fascinating work."
Presenting my paper to an interdiciplinary audience and recieving their feedback has provided me with valuable input into the ways of approaching my future research."
I really loved being an active participant in the operational side of the conference. It made this conference stand out for me in comparison with other conferences at which I have attended and presented papers."