This award recognizes an outstanding research report, thesis, or published article related to women and health or women in health-related endeavors. Named for Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., the first woman to graduate from medical school, it is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Barbara “Penny” Kanner.


One $1000 award


Monday, March 30, 2020


  • Applicant must be currently registered in an undergraduate program at UCLA.
  • The research report, thesis, or published article must have been written while the applicant was enrolled in a UCLA undergraduate program.
  • Co-authored submissions are eligible for this award, as long as all of the co-authors on the project are undergraduate students (that is, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students cannot be co-authors). If selected, one award will be split amongst all applicants. Payment will be issued to one student, who will be responsible for distributing payment to the other members.
  • Awardee will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2020. Attendance is highly encouraged.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

To Apply

The application requires the documents listed below:

  1. Research report or an abstract/summary of a thesis or published article (maximum 6 single-spaced pages, including works cited)
    • For published or accepted work, the committee will accept the published abstract and excerpts from the material to total no more than the allotted length of six pages in lieu of a written summary.
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework)
    • For transfer students, community college transcripts are welcome if applicant feels it will strengthen application. (with most recent coursework)
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from faculty members of any university

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the recommender’s email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the recommender with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendation, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, March 30, 2020.



For questions regarding CSW awards, fellowships, and grants, please contact the Management Services Officer.

Past Recipients


  • Nyala Bela Tringali-Carbado, History, Women in the Black Panther Party: An Intersectional Analysis (CSW Awards 2019)


  • Tira OkamotoWorld Arts and Cultures/Dance, Naked in Their Eyes: A Case Study on Sexual Harassment in Amman (CSW Awards 2015)


  • Michelle Razavi, Political Science, Birth Control: the issues, problems, and possible solutions of US, UK, Pakistan, China


  • Leslie Marie Schwartz, Mass Communications, Semiotic Intersections between Gender Violence and the Media: How Violence Against Women is Normalized and Perpetuated Through Syntax and Semantics


  • Co T. Truong, Psychology, Women and Depression and Recruitment Issues in Clinical Trials of Estrogen Replacement Therapy in Menopause