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Barbara Roberts Memorial Award


This annual prize recognizes outstanding written work done by an undergraduate student on topics related to women, gender, and feminism.

Recipients of the Barbara Roberts Memorial Award receive a cash award of $750.00.


  1. Eligibility
    • Current Athabasca University undergraduate program students are eligible to apply.
    • Students are eligible to receive the award one time only
  2. Criteria
    • the essay is a minimum of 2,500 words and a maximum of 7,500 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography)
    • the essay is literate
    • the essay is imaginative, thoughtful, critical, and well written
    • evidence used in the essay is clearly documented
    • the author demonstrates an awareness of feminist analysis
  3. Submission
    • The deadline for submissions is April 15th.
    • Essays may be submitted by any Athabasca University course tutor or instructor.
    • Each submission must include a cover sheet containing the essay title; the course name and number; the name of the course instructor and the instructor's e-mail address; and the student's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and identification number.
    • Each submission must also be accompanied by a completed Student Work Product Use Authorization form.
    • Submissions should be in electronic form, double-spaced, and with ample margins.
    • Tutors and/or Coordinators should submit the essay along with the completed forms directly to Student Awards:
    • Only one submission per student per year will be considered.

Selection Committee

The Barbara Roberts Memorial Award committee consists of

  • one full-time academic in Women's and Gender Studies
  • one full-time academic outside of Women's and Gender Studies
  • one tutor in Women's and Gender Studies


Year Student Name Essay Title
2018 No Winner  
2017 (Tie) Kylie Bergfalk Kate Millett's Sexual Politics: The View from 2017
2017 (Tie) Melanie Forrest Representations of the Fat Male Body on The Biggest Loser
2016 Anna Sebesteny Reducing research bias and harm in Aboriginal communities through the use of community-based participatory action research
2015 Melanie Forrest The Feminine Mystique at fifty: Relevance and Limitations in Contemporary Western Culture
2014 Jessica Adam The Lives of Women in the Viking Age: The Role of Critical Feminist and Historical Assessment
2013 Mary Lynn Keating Up the Republic: The 'Furies' in Action: The Role of the Irish Feminists in War, 1913-23
2012 Lindsay Roberts Gold Rush Girls: Newcomer and Native Women's Relationships during Yukon's Gold Rush
2011 Sarah Mann Fucking media: sex worker representation and resistance in digital culture
2009 Anne Henderson An Entangled Past: Abolitionism and the Women's Movement in the United States, 1839-1869
2008 Robert Walker Bowed Beneath Oppression's Load: Early Christianity's Challenge to the Status and Roles of Women in the Late Roman Period
2007 Kristin Wilde Women in Sport: Gender Stereotypes in the Past and Present
2006 Jennifer Jules The Fragmented Self
2005 Shanna Fiddler Women and Aboriginal Government
2004 Joanne Danford-Cordingley The Taming of the Shrew
2004 Doris MacKinnon "Just an Ordinary Person": The History of Dr. Ethel Taylor
2003 Catherine Mowat The Mast of Macha: The Celtic Irish and the War Goddess of Ireland

Submission Forms

This cover sheet and Student Work Product Use Authorization form must accompany each submission.

Updated May 30 2019 by Student & Academic Services

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