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Women's and Gender Studies honors four history graduate students

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(left to right) Autumn Mayle, Lacey Bonar, Megan McGee, and Catherine Ferrari (not pictured) were all presented with awards at the Women's and Gender Studies Annual Honors and Awards Ceremony.

At the Annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday April 12, four history students were honored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Autumn Mayle, Lacey Bonar, Megan McGee, and Catherine Ferrari all recieved awards for their hard work. 

Megan McGee, doctoral student and former History GTA, was recognized as the Outstanding Women’s and Gender Studies Teaching Assistant.

Doctoral student Lacy Bonar received the Velma Miller/West Virginia Alliance for Women’s and Gender Studies Scholar Award. This award will support her research this summer at the British Library, London Metropolitan Archives, and Lambeth Palace Library in London and at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The tentative title of her dissertation is, “Losing Face: The Trope of Women’s Facial Disfigurement in Medieval Prescriptive Literature.”

Catherine Ferrari, PhD candidate, received the Winifred South Knutti Graduate Scholarship in Women’s Studies. She will be using the Knutti Award this coming fall as she continues researching her dissertation project, “When is Law Enough? Women, Patronage, and Politics in the Early Modern Italian Law Courts” in Turin, Italy. She will be using the remarkable array of sources available in Turin to trace the individual lives, kinship networks and legal strategies of elite women who sought assistance from powerful courtly patrons to assist them in their legal battles against other family members.

PhD Candidate Autumn Mayle received a Judy Mossburg Development Grant. Autumn will be conducting research in London, Nottingham, and Sheffield this summer. Her dissertation is called, "Public Homes Versus Public Houses in Sheffield: Congregationalist Family Networks, Domesticity, and Philanthropy, 1820-1880.” Last summer Autumn interned with the Sheffield City Archives under a Graduate Humanities Grant. This opportunity allowed her to partner with the archives to organize their collection while also researching for her dissertation.