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Women & Gender Studies

WGS Student Spotlight

 

Student News:

April 20, 2021: Katrina Mauk has won the award for the best research project during the Women and Gender Studies's first participation in Tech's annual Research and Creative Inquiry Day! Mauk's poster analyzes gendered representations of a sixth-century woman, Saint Radegund. Mauk started the project in Susan Laningham's special topics History class HIST 4901: Female Body in Western Culture.

Research poster

Mauk graduates with a B.A. in English in May, 2021. She served as a residential assistant in an all-women's building during three of her years at Tech. Her WGS coursework ranged from Early American women's writing to modern British spy novels. After graduation, she is beginning an internship with Medquest College in Kentucky.  She hopes to one day own a bookstore and share her love of literature.

Meet our Students

Mohera Narimetla

Narimetla

Class year: Senior

Major program of study: Chemical Engineering and Mathematics

Career aspirations: After getting my Bachelor’s degree, I plan on attending graduate school to attain a PhD in both educational program planning and energy systems engineering. My goal is to work in academia through teaching and program development/outreach in diverse, inclusive, and multicultural STEM education.

Why Women and Gender Studies is important: Though many of us would like to say, “It’s the 21st century, we don’t need Women and Gender Studies anymore,” there’s a lot of folks out there who still have a fundamental misunderstanding of feminism, sexuality, and much more. With our political climate being the way it is, it’s more important now than ever before to find a way to relate and empathize with one another, while simultaneously deconstructing arbitrary social norms and stigmas. Women and Gender Studies gives us a platform to explore nuances in a safe and educational space.               

Favorite quote related to Women and Gender Studies: “I am not free while any  woman is unfree, even if her shackles are very different from my own.”                                                                                                                      —Audre Lorde

Savannah Hunter

Hunter

Class year: Sophomore

Major program of study: Sociology with a concentration in Criminology/Criminal Justice

Career aspirations: My career aspirations are to be a forensic anthropologist and work with the FBI.

Why Women and Gender Studies is important: I believe by studying Women and Gender Studies we can make progress in understanding differences among people which allows us to move forward and make a difference in the world.

Favorite quote related to Women and Gender Studies: “Every women must own her story; otherwise we are all part of the silence.”                                                                                                                                                —Zainab Salbi

Questions?

Contact the minor advisor:
Dr. Helen Hunt, hhunt@tntech.edu