Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Senior Thesis Award in Women's Studies

The Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Prize awards $250 each year for a superior senior thesis paper in the field of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies. The prize is named in honor of distinguished historian Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, a founder of the Women's Studies Program at Penn. 

To apply, please submit your paper to with the subject header "Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Prize submission." Include a cover sheet with the title “Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Prize” and the title of your paper, your name, and your contact information (your major, your advisor, your email address).

 Deadline for submissions: April 5th, 2021

Recent Award Recipients


From Icon to Bygone: The Rise and Fall of the Diaphragm in Twentieth-Century America

Be Fruitful and Medicalize: IVF Risk Communication and the Politics of Assisted Reproduction in Israel
Abbie Starker

Sex Education and Sexual Violence Prevention: School-Based Sex Education’s Failure to Teach Students about Healthy and Unhealthy Relationship Behavior
Sheila Shankar

South Asian American Women's Voices: Narratives of Resistance, Isolation, and Belonging
Joanna Kamhi

College Campus Based Women's Centers
Arielle Pardes

The Birds, the Bees, and the Swedes: Exploring the Role of Pleasure in Swedish Sex Education