The Gail E. Hawisher & Cynthia L. Selfe
Caring for the Future Scholarship
Recipients Past & Present
Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to award our first Hawisher Selfe Scholar in 2012. Laura Martinez, from the University of Central Flordia, attended her first Computers and Writing in May 2012 at North Carolina State University. Laura's mentor was Stacey Pigg, also from UCF.
Laura had this to say about her experience:
I wanted to take the time to thank all of the wonderful people who sponsored the Hawisher and Selfe Caring for the Future Award this year. As you know, I am relatively new to computers and writing research in general, and I must admit that I was a little intimidated by the thought of attending a conference in a field that is so new to me. However, I was amazed by the humility and kindness expressed by all the people I encountered during my time in Raleigh. In particular, it was an honor to meet Dr. Hawisher and Dr. Selfe, and to be so warmly received by them. I think that the benefit of this award, among many others, is that it gave me the opportunity to be acknowledged (and encouraged) as a newcomer before even arriving at the conference. It became clear to me, even from the first few minutes of the GRN, that the community of this conference is constantly engaging new students and researchers, and is supporting individuals who have interests in contributing to the field. Being a shy person in general, I would have never been comfortable enough to introduce myself to such esteemed scholars without the support of my mentor and without your own kind introductions. As I continue working and researching, and as I begin progressing toward a PhD program in the field, I only hope to be of such support to a future student in my position. Being honored with an award that represents a welcoming and successful community has really inspired me to continue my academic pursuits.