What Opportunities Does Our Undergraduate Program Offer?
One of our English majors, Kelsey Norris (pictured left), has been selected to be a participant in the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Faculty member Donald Shaffer is a graduate of this program, which is designed to introduce traditionally under-represented students to professional opportunities in academia.
Among the many incentives that the program has offered Kelsey, her appointment as a SROP Fellow comes with a stipend of $3,500, including all living and travel expenses. She will be working with Dr. Christopher Freeburg of the English Department at Urbana. In addition to working on a research project that was part of her application and having the chance to present her research in a public conference during the summer, Kelsey has also been invited to participate in the GRE Institute to prepare for the exam.
Sara Altenhoff (pictured, right) has been offered a paid internship at Kyungpook National University's International Writing Center in Daegu, South Korea. KNU's writing center is the first writing center in South Korea.
Another of our students, Ann Hamilton McGuire, has been selected for a competitive editorial internship at Mississippi Magazine.
Our Chris Ellzey was chosen for the Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Award (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Undergraduate Research Award) of $400 for “Immigrant Perspectives of Life and Language Acquisition in Rural Mississippi.”
Graduating senior Marianna Prather was awarded First Prize in the University Gender Studies Essay Contest (Undergraduate Division) for her paper entitled "Traffic in Women and Fruit: Sexual Control in Christina Rossetti’s 'Goblin Market.'"
In addition to these awards, for which our students competed with a range of outside applicants, our students have the opportunity to compete for a number of awards and scholarships within the department annually.
Some of Our Recent Student Successes
Mag Herbert (pictured below), received a significant scholarship from South Carolina’s Law School (2010).
Our English Majors have been accepted into law schools such as Alabama, Tulane, Ole Miss, University of Memphis, Mississippi College, LSU, University of Missouri and South Carolina.
Other 2010 graduates receiving significant graduate scholarships include Brigid Welsh (University of Memphis) and Erica Cain (Vanderbilt).
Post-Graduation Plans for
*William Wordsworth, "Lines Composed Above Tintern Abbey"