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2014 Mary Turner Lane Award

The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World held its annual Mary Turner Lane Award Ceremony in Spring 2014. This is a student paper competition established by Dr. Mary Ellen Lane in honor of her late mother Dr. Mary Turner Lane who founded the Woman’s Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The aim of this award is to generate awareness on the importance of research in the field of gender and women studies.

The accolade consists of a certificate and a monetary prize of 500$ award. The competition is open to gender-sensitive, original, well-written and well-documented works by LAU students from all majors in Beirut and Byblos. Twenty three students from different fields participated in the two categories of the competition: research paper and creative writing, or journalistic piece on women/gender studies.


A Reception was held on Monday, May 26, 2014 in the presence of President Jabbra who addressed the students and distributed the awards to the two winning students: Joud Zaumot for best research paper, and Berna Ismail for best short essay. The ceremony was attended by the selection committee members, LAU faculty and staff members, as well as the applying students and their friends.

The excellent quality of papers presented by the students revealed deep awareness, enthusiasm and seriousness about gender issues.


Congratulations to Joud Zaumot and Berna Ismail!

from left: President Dr. Joseph Jabbra, IWSAW Director Dr. Samira Aghacy,
winner for best research paper Joud Zaumout, winner for best short essay
Berna Ismail, and selection committee members Dr. Elise Salem
and Dr. Makram Oueiss