PhD student receives Rackham Community of Scholars Award

PhD student Lindsay Blackwell was one of 12 graduate researchers across U-M to be selected for the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) Rackham Community of Scholars Summer Fellowship, which supports wide-ranging projects related to women, gender and sexuality.

“When I found out I'd received the award, I was elated and humbled,” Blackwell said. “IRWG's Community of Scholars has graduated an impressive array of fellows over the past 20 years, and I'm delighted to be joining this prestigious community.”

The IRWG Community of Scholars Summer Fellowship, which provides graduate students with an $8,800 stipend for the four-month program, brings researchers together for weekly seminars and workshops and culminates in a public symposium for awardees to present their work at the conclusion of the fellowship.

“I'm very excited to meet the other fellows and to have the opportunity to workshop my research with scholars from disciplines across the University,” Blackwell said.

Student projects this year were selected from a highly competitive pool. Awards were granted to students from 17 disciplines, ranging from the arts and humanities to social sciences and engineering.

Blackwell’s project, titled “Discouraging the Online Harassment of Women through Technology Design,” will explore computational, qualitative and participatory methods to better understand how technology design can enable harmful behaviors, with the ultimate goal of identifying technology solutions to discourage them. 

Blackwell’s paper, “LGBT Parents and Social Media: Advocacy, Privacy, and Disclosure during Shifting Social Movements,” recently received an Honorable Mention for Best Paper at CHI 2016.

Posted on March 10, 2016