Gender and Sexuality KC Research Award(s)

Gender and Sexuality
Application Deadline: October 19, 2020 | Award Type: knowledge community

The Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community provides avenues for both social and professional involvement. We allow for personal and professional growth, increased awareness and acceptance of professionals and students, and promote understanding of professional and student needs.

Our community recognizes individuals, programs, and research that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of sexual and gender minorities inclusivity and education at the highest and broadest level. The awards aid to exhibit excellence and/or innovations that have added to the profession of Student Affairs and Higher Education and enhance the lives of their communities.

The Gender and Sexuality KC is seeking nominations for 2021 in all award categories. Individuals selected for their award will be notified by early 2021 in advance of the Annual Virtual Conference and are expected to submit a current resume or CV to the Awards & Scholarships Co-Core Members at that time.

The Gender & Sexuality KC Research Award is awarded annually to two graduate students.

The purpose of this award is:

  1. To recognize outstanding graduate student(s) research (master or doctoral) that contributes to the knowledge of Gender & Sexuality topics in Student Affairs and Higher Education
  2. To support the creation of new knowledge through Gender & Sexuality research, and
  3. To support the distribution of new knowledge to NASPA members and the Higher Education community.

Recipients of this award will:

  • Be named a 2021 NASPA Gender & Sexuality KC Scholar
  • Be recognized at the 2021 NASPA National Conference
  • Receive a $200 research grant
  • Have their work considered for distribution through the NASPA Gender and Sexuality KC
  • Have the opportunity for further professional development through mentoring from NASPA Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community members who are GLBT scholars or scholar-practitioners


  • Applicants must be NASPA members
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program
  • This award is to recognize and support the research process, not to recognize research that has already been completed
  • Research projects must be completed by December 31, 2020
  • Research must pertain to Gender & Sexuality topics in Student Affairs & Higher Education
  • Upon completion, submit an article for the G&S Knowledge Community Whitepaper

Entries should be prepared as follows:

  1. A title page with ONLY the title of your paper and the award for which you are applying (e.g., LGBT Identity Development, submitted as an entry for the research grant). Do not put your name or institution on the title page or anywhere in the document itself.
  2. A description of your study that includes the research purpose and/or questions, significance to theory and/or practice.
    • Clearly stated purpose and objectives
    • Should be no more than 500 words and should make clear how the study relates to LGBTQ+ issues in student affairs, higher education, or both.
    • Include a reference list if applicable; the list itself DOES NOT count toward your 500 word total.
  3. Save as a PDF document, with your name as the document name (e.g., smithj.pdf). Your name SHOULD NOT APPEAR anywhere else on the document. Entries will be reviewed without names.

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