About Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies (IGWS)
The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies (IGWS) is an academic research institute and a graduate teaching center for scholars, researchers and graduate students interested in gender issues in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The research institute serves as a resource nexus through which research projects, conferences, workshops and educational programs on gender issues are initiated and discussed. The graduate center provides students with an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective in Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East and North Africa with a special emphasis on situating the Middle East and North Africa region in a comparative Global South perspective.
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The Magda Al-Nowaihi Graduate Student Award in Gender Studies
Established in 2003 to fulfill al-Nowaihi's visionary dream of a regional and lasting commitment to the field of gender studies, the award is designed to recognize and honor AUC graduate student theses that focus on gender issues in any discipline. An annual award ceremony is held in the spring semester to commemorate Professor Al-Nowaihi's contribution to the field and to celebrate the award-winning thesis.