The Hazel Dick Leonard Interdisciplinary Research Seminar on Gender at Simmons College is an alternative research capstone for students whose independent study or thesis projects centralize issues of gender in its diverse cultural manifestations. Designed as a full-year scholarship, the seminar will offer research funds to support independent research under the supervision of an advisor. During the spring semester, students will present and workshop their research in the seminar itself (which will meet weekly). The HDL Seminar will conclude with an annual research symposium where each student invites a local scholar, advocate or leader to speak at Simmons. Above all, the HDL Seminar is designed to promote student research on gender and to help push Simmons students onto the national/international stage of their chosen field. 

The seminar is competitive and admission is a significant academic honor. Each student will receive approximately $2,500 in research support. These funds are awarded to cover the cost of research materials and opportunities, including conference travel, journal subscriptions, books and membership dues, among other expenses. Students are encouraged to think creatively and deliberately about how to best use their funding and are further advised by the HDL administrative fellow. Additionally, each student’s research advisor will receive a $500 stipend and symposium speakers receive a $500 honorarium. 

Hazel students are juniors, seniors and graduate students with a diverse range of interests. Projects have been based in everything from biology to sociology with scholars who have backgrounds in teaching, science, dance and art. Our students are engaged in and supportive of one another’s work, and class sessions are productive opportunities to workshop papers and build ties between disciplines. Scholars have gone on to pursue their research through doctoral and master’s programs, law school and other meaningful career opportunities outside of academia.