2016 Alice J. Dan Dissertation Award Call for Proposals

The 15th Annual Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award encourages original and significant research about sex, gender and/or women by UIC doctoral students. The award is open to UIC doctoral students in any field who have completed the requirements for candidacy and have an approved dissertation proposal by the application deadline. Award(s) will range from $500-$1,000.

To apply for the award, please submit:

  1. Cover Letter:
    • A cover letter addressed to the “Dan Award Review Committee.” The cover letter should include the title of the proposal, the applicant’s contact information (email, phone, and address), and the name of the applicant’s advisor. In addition, the cover letter should briefly address the following questions:
      • How has your academic training prepared you to accomplish the proposed research?
      • How will receiving the Dan Award, which typically ranges from $500 to $1000, award help you in your research?
  1. Award Application:
    • Award applications should be no more than 5 double-spaced pages. Please use 1-inch margins and a standard 12-point font (e.g. Arial, Times New Roman, etc.)
    • Applications must include:
      • Summary of research (200 words or less)
      • Significance of research for women and/or gender
      • Research methods
      • Progress to date
      • Timetable for completion
      • Budget
      • Bibliography/References cited (reference list does not count towards the 5-page limit)
  1. Additional Supporting Materials:
  • Two letters of reference (one from dissertation advisor documenting approval of dissertation research). Reference letters may be sent separately.

Review criteria include: potential for contribution to research on women and/or gender, originality and significance to the major field, explanation of research methodology, academic preparation and ability to accomplish the work, feasibility of timetable for completion, and feasibility of budget.

Complete applications should be submitted in PDF format and e-mailed to Kris Zimmermann at

The submission deadline is Friday, June 3, 2016. Applicants who have defended their dissertations prior to the submission deadline will be excluded. Winners will be announced in July 2016.

For more information contact Kris Zimmermann at (312) 413-4251 or Visit the Dan Dissertation Award web page at to view past awardees.

Study finds a lag in women’s treatment for Alzheimer’s

Pauline Maki, professor of psychiatry and psychology and CRWG senior director of research, had a recent article in the journal Neurology that has attracted media attention. The study found that because women out perform men in verbal memory tests–a primary method used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, women’s treatments for Alzheimer’s may be delayed. The results suggest the need for better screening methods that are equally sensitive to men and women.

The lead author of the article, Erin Sundermann, previously received the Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award.

The study was reported on CNN:

Register now for our 3rd Annual Women’s Health Research Day!

3rd Annual Women’s Health Research Day


The UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender/National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, in partnership with the UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program is pleased to announce UIC’s 3rd annual Women’s Health Research Day to promote research and advance the understanding of new developments in women’s health. This half-day event provides an opportunity for faculty, fellows, and students to network and to showcase their research through poster and oral presentations.

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Where: Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, University of Illinois at Chicago

Registration: Advance registration required. Visit: to register.

Schedule of Events:

9:00-9:30 am:  Networking & Continental Breakfast
9:30-10:30 am:  Poster Presentations
10:30-11:00 am:  Oral “Data Blitz” Presentations by:

  • Joanna Burdette, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, UIC College of Pharmacy
  • Kirstie Danielson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, UIC College of Medicine
  • Abstract winner: Elisa Hilderbrand, PhD Candidate, Neuroscience Program, UIC Graduate College

11:00 am-12:00 pm:  Keynote Lecture: “Every Cell has a Sex” by Teresa Woodruff, PhD

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Teresa Woodruff, PhD
Director, Women’s Health Research Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biosciences at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. She is an internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology and, in 2006, coined the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields: oncology and fertility. She now heads the Oncofertility Consortium, an interdisciplinary team of biomedical and social scientist experts from across the country.  She founded and directs the Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA), one of several high school outreach programs that engages girls in basic and medical sciences, and developed the concept for a National Physicians Cooperative in Oncofertility (NPC) in order to link medical practices interested in fertility preservation protocols. Dr. Woodruff also serves as the founding director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, which has as its mission ‘science to care’ and ensuring that sex and gender are part of the research mission.  Because of her work in inclusion, she was recently interviewed by Leslie Stahl and was highlighted on a 60 Minutes report and has written extensively on inclusion of sex and gender in science and medicine (PNAS, Nature). She was named to the Time Magazine 2013 list of the World’s Most Influential People as the only scientist on the list and was voted 112th. Dr. Woodruff was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring in an oval office ceremony (2011) and her other awards include the Beacon Award from Frontiers in Reproduction (2013), the Women in Science Award from the Weitzman Institute (2012), and an Alumni Association Merit Award from Northwestern (2012). In addition to her academic stewardship, she also served as the President of the Endocrine Society from 2013-2014. Dr. Woodruff leads a large group of scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates, visiting scholars and technicians who together make up the Woodruff Lab.  Members of the lab are making important breakthroughs in follicle biology, oocyte quality and translating this work to patients.


For more information about Women’s Health Research Day, please contact Kris Zimmermann at or 312.413.4251.

UIC College of Medicine, UIC College of Pharmacy, UIC School of Public Health, UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Attend Ford’s 2016 Car Show Preview & Hear from Sheryl Connelly

Sheryl Connelly

The UIC WISE Program is excited to offer ONE student the chance to attend Ford’s 2016 Chicago Auto Show Preview day on Friday February 12. Ford is transitioning from an auto company to an auto and mobility company – and they would like us to be a part of it.

The day will kick off with an exclusive session with Sheryl Connelly, Ford’s head of global consumer trends and futuring, at 9:20 a.m. CT. She will discuss their 2016 Trends Report and how these will impact how we get around.

They are also excited to share, for the first time in Chicago, Ford’s new “Drugged Driving Suit.” This suit is used in Ford’s international Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program that helps educate parents and teens about the dangers of impaired driving. You’re invited to test it out for yourself.

Of course they’ll have show-stopping Ford Performance vehicles, including the all-new Ford GT, all-new F-150 Raptor and all-new Focus RS you’ll be able to experience our latest product news, including the new Ford Fusion, and demo some of our latest technology, including the new SYNC 3 infotainment system and its new design, new features and voice-activation capabilities.

How to obtain this pass? ENTER HERE!

January 2016 CRWG Newsletter Now Available

The January 2016 edition of the CRWG Newsletter, Building Research Connections, is now available. Check it out here: Building Research Connections January 2016.

CRWG Staff Present at American Public Health Association Meeting

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In November 2015, four CRWG staff members presented at the American Public Health Association meeting, held in Chicago.

CRWG director Stacie Geller discussed health policy and practice recommendations based on her research on the distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage in rural Ghana.

Three presentations focused on the CRWG’s longstanding collaboration to promote women’s health in rural, southernmost Illinois. CRWG research specialist Leslie Carnahan presented on the feasibility and acceptability of a community-led program to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in rural adults. In addition, CRWG assistant director Kris Zimmermann presented a description of a church-based model to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in rural adults. Additionally, Kris discussed the results of a research study to examine facilitators and barriers to physical activity in rural women.

CRWG research specialist Pam Roesch also presented an examination of neighborhood environment and flourishing in children.






Breast Health Equity: Coast to Midcoast Academic-Community Partnerships

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Yamile Molina, PhD, Assistant Professor of the Community Health Sciences and Senior Research Specialist at the Center for Research on Women and Gender will present at the UI Cancer Center PHBO Program Seminar

 Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Room 461 IHRP, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road.

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CRWG staff traveled to Southern Illinois

In July 2015, CRWG staff traveled to Southern Illinois for the Southern Seven Coalition for Women’s Health Annual Luncheon. Staff from the CRWG have been collaborating with the local health department and health and community organizations such as churches since 2007 to implement and research health promotion initiatives in the region. During the visit, CRWG staff shared preliminary research findings with more than 60  attendees and also recognized community partners. S7---2015-Annual-luncheon


Dr. Sebalda Leshabari from Tanzania visited the CRWG

DLeslie_Dr Leshabarir. Sebalda Leshabari, Dean of the College of Nursing at Muhimbili University of Health at Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania visited the Center for Research on Women and Gender in July 2015. Dr. Leshabari served as a co-investigator with Dr. Stacie Geller and Leslie Carnahan on a grant exploring maternal health needs in urban Tanzania.