Rose Olver Prize (Formerly the SWAGS Prize)

In memory of Professor Rose Olver, this prize is awarded annually to the thesis that best explores gender, race and sexuality in historical, social, cultural, political or national contexts.

This prize is partially supported by generous donations from Dr. Daniel C. Wack '77 P '13 and Dr. Veronica Kelly P '13, parents of Claudia Wack '13.


Graduating seniors whose theses focus on sexuality, women’s and gender studies and who have taken two or more courses in these areas, at least one of which was through the Amherst College SWAGS Department.

Your Submission Should Include

  • Thesis
  • One-paragraph abstract
  • Titles of two sexuality, women’s and gender studies courses that you have taken

How to Submit

Please complete the online application.


Monday, April 15, 2024


For more information contact Stephanie Orion, ADC of SWAGS, at 413-542-5781 or

Past Winners

2023: Melanie Schwimmer

2022: Jade DuVal & Sophie Ewing

2021: Nat Shogren

2020: Jane Bragdon and Theo Peierls

2019: Huey Hewitt

2018: Alisa Bajramovic

2017: Margaret Banks & Ayoung Kim

2016: Rachael Abernethy & Amira Lundy-Harris

2015: Mary Byrne & Kyra Ellis-Moore

2014: Maia Mares & Yun (Nancy) Tang

2013: Claudia Wack

2012: Lilia Kilburn & Sarah Schear

2011: Amanda Barrow & Molly Doyle

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