The Department of Philosophy hosted its eighth annual award ceremony on April 12, 2017. This year, two new prizes for Women's Studies students were added, a first year prize and an upper year prize. The event celebrates philosophy and women's studies students' achievement over the past year and includes the Angus Kerr-Lawson prize in American or Naturalistic Philosophy, and the Sandra Burt Essay Prize in Women's Studies.
The award winners this year are:
First year prize
Manjot Kaur Dhindsa
Recognizes outstanding performance in Women's Studies by a first year student.
Upper year prize
Recognizes outstanding performance in Women's Studies by an upper year student.
This special award recognizes the recipient's distinguished contributions to the Department, both as a scholar and as a citizen.
Sandra Burt Essay Prize in Women's Studies
for her paper, "Using the Pedagogy of the Oppressed to Queer Gender Norms"
The Sandra Burt Essay Award honours Dr. Sandra Burt, the first Coordinator of Women’s Studies at Waterloo. It is awarded to an upper year Women’s Studies major who has written an outstanding paper.
This year we also honoured Mary Synnott for 30 years of outstanding service, particularly to the Women's Studies program.
The text of the plaque reads:
Mary Synnott made an enormous contribution to Women's Studies at Waterloo over the course of her career. She joined the program in 1985 as its first full-time staff member. She remained its only staff member until her retirement in 2016. Three decades of students, instructors and program directors benefited and learned from Mary's wisdom, passion, professionalism and generosity. Women's Studies is indebted to this exemplary feminist leader.
The photo on the plaque is a quintessential Mary photo in which she holds up a sign which reads:
"I need feminism because equality is for everyone! I was a feminist before I had ever heard the word!"
To see our full gallery of photos, visit the Department of Philosophy 2017 Awards Ceremony Gallery.
2017 Awards Ceremony Program.