Undergraduate Research and Writing Symposium to showcase student talent
The Department of English at Virginia Tech will hold its 11th annual Undergraduate Research and Writing Symposium on April 15.
This year, 18 students will present undergraduate research in such fields as creative writing, professional and technical writing, literary studies, and linguistics. The presentations will include poetry readings, literary analyses, and a design portfolio showcase.
In addition, 24 students will be inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.
For more than a decade, the symposium, formerly known as the English Undergraduate Research Conference, has showcased the department’s commitment to promoting undergraduate research in its full diversity. The department’s undergraduate majors—Literature and Language, Creative Writing, and Professional and Technical Writing—all emphasize the importance of producing research in multiple genres.
The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Shanks Hall. For more information, contact Rob Jacks.
9:00 – 9:40 a.m.: Event Registration, Shanks Atrium
9:40 – 9:45 a.m.: Opening Remarks (370/380 Shanks Hall)
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.: Creative Writing Showcase (370/380 Shanks Hall)
Allison Miller, “Aurora”
Caroline Sutphin, “Ode to an Empty Warehouse”
Laura Copan, “A Thank-You Threat to My Future Husband”
Molly Ryan, “The Dead Fly”
Sarah McCliment, “Strangers I’ve Met on Crooked Roads”
Valerie McClean, “4468 Itaska St.”
Kayleigh Green, “Me vs. My Grandmother”
Katherine Wagner, “The Last Visit”
Molly Ryan, Excerpt from “Abercorn”
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Professional and Technical Writing Showcase (370 Shanks Hall)
Personal Portfolio Showcase
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch (Shanks First-Floor Atrium)
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Literature and Language Showcase
Session 1 (370 Shanks Hall)
Jillian Mouton, “Behold the Programme!: Count Fosco as Showman in Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White”
Kira Jersild, “Reading Stein to Picasso: Observing Art to Understand Poetry”
Grace Sillipigni, “Exploring Exodus in African-American Rhetoric: An Analysis of Biblical Presence in David Walker’s Appeal, in Four Articles and Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’”
Session 2 (380 Shanks Hall)
Lisa Moskowitz, “Joyce, Homer, and the Graphic Novel: The Search for the ‘Epic in Our Every Day Lives’”
Casey Myers, “Exploring Social Meanings of Morphosyntactic Variation Using the Matched Guise Paradigm”
Sara Runey, “Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret and the Gendered Borderlands of Insanity”
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Literature and Language Joint Session (370/380 Shanks Hall)
2:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Awards and Sigma Tau Delta Ceremony