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Enid Wilson Undergraduate Fellowship

Funding Opportunities

The Enid Wilson Undergraduate Fellowship supports innovative research by undergraduate honors students from any department pursuing work related to women, gender, and/or sexuality.

    Application materials should include:

    • a three to five page description of your research project
    • a letter of support from your advisor
    • a brief description of how you would use the grant funds, if awarded

    2022-23 Recipient

    Simran Singh '23
    Simran Singh

    Simran Singh ’23, Health and Human Biology

    "Cripping" and Queering Health – Understanding the Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Needs and Experiences of Neurodivergent Sexual Minoritized People: A Scoping Review"

    What does it mean to be “defective,” “deviant,” and “sick”? Disability studies scholars (or “crip theorists”) and queer theorists are constantly grappling with the legacy of these terms. In particular, the medical-industrial complex has maintained that the ideal, normative body is white, healthy, able-bodied/minded, male, and heterosexual. As many disability studies scholars have theorized, medicine targets, pathologizes, stigmatizes, and fails to meet the needs of individuals who deviate from the system of compulsory able-bodied/mindedness and heteronormativity, including neurodivergent sexual minoritized individuals. However, much remains to be explored about the healthcare needs and experiences of disabled and lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) people. Although neurodivergent individuals are less likely to identify as heterosexual compared to their non-neurodivergent peers, neurodivergent individuals’ experience of sexuality, including interactions with medicine, has largely been ignored. By extension, healthcare providers and institutions have historically ignored the sexual and reproductive health needs, concerns, and preferences of neurodivergent LGB people. Thus, in the present project, Simran conducted a scoping review of the existing scientific literature to characterize the extent, scope, and nature of research on the sexual and reproductive healthcare needs and experiences of neurodivergent sexual minoritized individuals to identify critical gaps in current knowledge and inform future health practices that advance the sexual and reproductive health and bodily autonomy of neurodivergent LGB individuals.

    Past Recipients

    • Lily Willis ’22.5Gender and Sexuality Studies, English
      "Expressing the Inexpressible," and Other Queer Sentiments: Language and Self in Contemporary Queer Memoir
    • Tabitha Payne ’20, Development Studies
      Golden Voice
    • Camila Pelsinger ’20, International Relations
      Restorative responses to gender-based violence in the United States & New Zealand
    • Mohammed-Reda Semlani ’20, Development Studies; Economics
      The economic impact of the Argan tree on the local communities in southwestern Morocco
    • Makedah Hughes ’19, Comparative Literature
      “Mauve (2010) by Fatou Diome: A Translation Exploration of the Linguistic Constructions of Blackness”
    • Caroline Mulligan ’19, English and History
      Landdyke Legacies
    • Andy M.T. Pham ’19, Ethnic Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies
      Pushing for Purity: Conceptions and Consequences of Cleanliness during the US AIDS Epidemic of the 80s and 90s
    • Margot Cohen ’18, International Relations
      Women’s Rights as Human Rights: The Case of Femicide in Chile
    • Emily Sun ’18, Ethnic Studies
      “The Rock Cried Out No Hiding Place”: Subterranean Bodies and Disoriented Space in Women of Color Performance Art
    • Natalie Zeif ’18, Education
      Negotiating Sexuality and School Work in South Florida: Anita Bryant’s Anti-Queer Teacher Movement
    • Camille Garnsey ’17, Latin American Studies and Public Health
      The history of reproductive rights in Cuba
    • Katherine Grusky ’17, History, Latin American Studies
      Digging Below the Surface: Gender and Family Relations in Chilean Copper Mine, El Teniente, 1904-1930
    • Andrea Zhu ’17, Development Studies
      Specter of the Past, Intrusion of the Future: Gender and (Im)mobility at the China-Myanmar Border