2000 grads

The first graduating class of Gender Studies majors in 2000

Leila Ahmed

Lelia Ahmed gives a lecture in May 2012

Alison Bechdel and student

Alison Bechdel speaks with a student at an exhibition of her work

Lauren Berlant and Mel Chen

Professor Lauren Berlant introducing guest speaker Mel Chen

Lauren Berlant and Kristen Schilt

Professors Lauren Berlant and Kristen Schilt participate in a zine making workshop

Hillary Chute and Alison Bechdel

Professor Hillary Chute and Alison Bechdel


Students participate in a classroom discussion at CSGS

Community room

The Community Room at 5733 S University

center door

Center entrance

2011 fellows

CSGS Fellows in 2011

5733 exterior

The exterior of 5733 S University

Student question

A student asks a question after a talk by Kimberly Peirce in October 2011

Essay Prize

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

2018 Ruth Murray Essay Competition

Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm


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. 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.

To enter the competition, a student should submit an electronic copy of the paper to:

Sarah Tuohey, Student Affairs Administrator at stuohey@uchicago.edu.

In addition, please ask a faculty member to email Sarah Tuohey with a brief endorsement of your submission.

Please include the following information in/with your submission:

  • your email address
  • street address
  • student ID number
  • your major(s).

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

Please contact Student Affairs Administrator Sarah Tuohey (stuohey@uchicago.edu; 773-702-2365) with any questions.