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Women's & Gender Studies

Media & Communication; Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Librarian; Women's & Gender Studies Librarian; Mexican American & Latina/o Studies

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Esther Medina De León
Texas Tech University Libraries
2802 18th Street, MS0002
Lubbock, TX 79409

Sandy River Endowment History

The Sandy River Memorial Endowment was established in 2013. Sandra Arlene River (Sandy) passed away on May 12, 2012. 

Sandy served as the library liaison to the Women’s Studies program and was a member of the Women's Studies Advisory Board. Sandy was active in professional organizations at the state and national level. Her honors include the Association of College and Research Libraries Women's Studies Section Career Achievement Award in 2007. She was selected as a Texas Library Association Tall Texan (Texas Accelerated Library Leadership Institute) in 1998. Sandy had a distinguished career of service to Texas Tech. She served in the Faculty Senate (1995 - 1998, 2007 - 2012), including terms as President and Parliamentarian.

Sandy was a good friend, colleague and exemplified what it meant to be a great librarian. We will miss her. 

Guidelines for 2023

The Sandy River Memorial Endowment Scholarship will award $500 each to two TTU students, one graduate and one undergraduate, in recognition of outstanding library and/or archival research in gender studies or related fields. The award will be given at the Women and Gender Studies Annual All University Conference that will be held April 19,2023.


  • The call for proposals from Women's and Gender Studies Annual All-University Conference will be announced at the beginning of each spring semester.
  • Participating in the WGS All University Conference
    • Participants interested in attending the WGS Conference, please register when registration opens nearer to conference date.
    • If you'd like to present and not to be considered for the Sandy River Endowment Scholarship, you must register individually at the link above. Deadline for this is January 25, 2023.
    • If you did not register to present, Sandy River Endowment Scholarship participants may be offered an opportunity to present at the WGS conference.
      • There will be a section in the abstract submission link to indicate whether or not you are interested in presenting.
  • The Women's & Gender Studies Librarian and Sandy River Memorial Endowment Scholarship Team will collect abstracts and submissions. The WGS Librarian will offer assistance with preparation if needed.
  • The Scholarship Team will be composed of three or more RIO librarians, one being the Women's & Gender Studies Librarian, or as deemed by WGS Librarian.
    • The team will use a standard rubric to review the submissions and select winners.
  • The Women's & Gender Studies Librarian will award the funds to the winners. 
  • The Women's & Gender Studies department will be notified of winners at least one week before the conference.
  • Winners will be awarded/recognized at the Women's and Gender Studies All-University Conference luncheon.

Submission Site

Guidelines for Abstracts

  • Minimum of 300 words.
    • And, specify how your research/paper utilize library and/or archival research
  • Include: author’s name, institution, e-mail address, and paper title
  • Submissions may be in .PDF, .docx or .doc format
  • Deadline February 17, 2023.

Submit your abstracts/here:


Guidelines for Completed Papers

  • You must have submitted your abstract in February, prior to submitting your final completed paper.
  • Minimum 1800+ words. Maximum up to 5,500 words.
  • Submissions may be in .PDF, .docx., or, .doc format
  • All submissions should be double-spaced, using 12pt font
  • Please use the citation style used by your college or department (most familiar to you),
    • If not sure, use APA
    • Example, Information & Library Sciences uses APA
  • Deadline April 7, 2023, 11:59pm.

Submit your COMPLETED Papers Here:

Previous Winners

2022 -

LeeAnn Bowman - "Exploring Transgender Homicide and Violence"

Fabiola Carrión Anampa  - "Stereotypes of Latin American Indigenous Women in Latin American TV Comedy Shows"

2019 - Phoenix Crane for her paper on Empowering the STEM Super Girls: Increasing Female Retention in STEM Fields through a Comic Book

2015 - Ming-Syuan Jhong for her paper on Operation Babylift and Adoptive Kinship

2018 - Phoenix Crane for her paper on Plugging the Pipeline: Program Evaluation Efforts to Enhance Retention of Young Women in STEM