Exterior at night

The Center at night

Side Entrance

The entrance of the CSGS

Heather Love audience

The audience listens as Lauren Berlant introduces Heather Love in 2014

Class discussion

Students participate in a classroom discussion at the Center

Héctor Carrillo

Héctor Carrillo talks with students after his book talk in 2018

Joan Scott

Joan Scott speaking at the Center in 2017


Students listen to panelists present in 2017

Community room

The Community Room at 5733 S University

center door

Center entrance

5733 exterior

The exterior of 5733 S University

Bhanu Kapil

Poet Bhanu Kapil at the Center in 2016

Essay Prize

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

Ruth Murray

Ruth Murray (center), Education Librarian at the University of Chicago is pictured in the Eckhart Hall Tea Room with two unidentified colleagues. University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf2-02188, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

2021 Ruth Murray Essay Competition

New Deadline: May 7, 2021


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, gender or sexuality 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 gender and sexuality 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 application electronically.

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

Please contact Assistant Director for Student Affairs and Curriculum Bonnie Kanter (bonniek@uchicago.edu; 773-702-2365) with any questions.