Applications for fall 2017 UPREPs will be accepted until April 14, 2017.
The English Department is offering five (5) Undergraduate Professional and Research Experience Program (UPREP) projects for fall 2017.
UPREPs are only for ENGL majors with a 2.5+ GPA (overall/major). The application deadline is 5:00pm, April 14, 2017.
Students selected will do the following:
- receive $750
- serve as a research or project assistant for a faculty member for up to 100 hours
- submit an evaluation report of his/her experience at the end of the term, or develop an ENGL 485 in conjunction with the project.
To apply please complete the online application. Students may apply to more than one professor, but will need to complete an application for each one.
The fall 2017 opportunities:
Dr. Donald Dickson, Seventeenth-Century News
Dr. Laura Estill, World Shakespeare Bibliography
Dr. Jessica Howell, Promotion of Health Humanities Initiatives
Dr. Shona Jackson, Lectures in Culture, Conflict, and Freedom
Dr. Emily Johansen, Genres of Failure
Dr. Donald Dickson: Seventeenth-Century News
I am requesting a UPREP student for Fall 2017 to help me edit a book review journal. Working on this project would help the student gain valuable practical experience as a magazine or journal editor, while helping me substantially with my research. In the past five years, all of my former UPREPs have found employment as editors or technical writers in part through the experience the gained with me.
Dr. Laura Estill: World Shakespeare Bibliography
Project Description: The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online (www.worldshakesbib.org) solicits applications for an on-site intern at Texas A&M University for the Fall semester, with the potential for renewal in the Spring. The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is the foremost bibliography for Shakespeare studies and includes more than 110,900 annotated records in more than 120 languages, with thousands of records added each update.
The student intern will assist the World Shakespeare Bibliography editorial team (Dr. Laura Estill and Dr. Krista May) with preparing the WSB’s quarterly updates. These tasks could involve locating material about Shakespeare’s works; uploading and managing documents on a document management system; updating spreadsheets on Google drive; and scanning texts according to particular specifications. Training will be provided: the ideal candidate will be eager to learn new skills and systems. The student will report to Dr. Estill and Dr. May.
Dr. Jessica Howell – Promotion of Health Humanities Initiatives
Project Description: Dr. Howell is working on several Health Humanities initiatives on campus, including curriculum development, a speaker series, a Glasscock Working Group and Seminar. During late spring or early summer of 2017, a new website will be launched that provides more information these initiatives. The UPREP student will help to regularly update this website. He or she will also help distribute promotional materials and schedule bookings for upcoming events. This student will work closely with the Dr. Howell in order to raise the visibility of Health Humanities initiatives on campus.
Dr. Shona Jackson – Lectures in Culture, Conflict, and Freedom
Project Description: Project Description: This UPREP offers an opportunity to contribute to the launch of a new lectures series in the Department of English titled, “Lectures in Culture, Conflict, and Freedom.” The newly created, annual series centers on the social, cultural, and political issues that affect what we can broadly refer to as the global and internal Souths. These issues include but are not limited to the following: racism, religious intolerance, indigeneity, coloniality, decolonization, neo-liberalism and poverty, territorial sovereignty, sexual sovereignty. In scope, the Series is hemispheric, transnational, regional, and translocal.
Student Involvement: The student selected would work on both the content and programmatic aspects of the series components: Capstone/Small Lectures; Master Class/Master Work Discussion; Critical Dialogue; Invited Lunch/Dinner. A thematic readings course could be developed out of the series that immerses the student in interdisciplinary work in geography, the natural sciences, black diaspora studies, gender and sexuality studies, and humanist philosophy.
Required Skills and Interests: Students should have a broad interest in the thematic issues that shape the series and a genuine intellectual curiosity about how interdisciplinarity produces uses and produces knowledge. They must be detail oriented and have basic library and web research skills. The following skills are a plus, but not required: familiarity with Publisher or Adobe; familiarity with Excel and/or Pages; familiarity with Google Docs, and Doodle.
Dr. Emily Johansen – Genres of Failure
Project Description: I’m in the early stages of work on a project, tentatively titled “Genres of Failure.” This project is centered around one primary research question: how have novel forms and genre conventions changed in the shift to neoliberalism as the dominant economic reality? Focusing on fiction written in English, post-1990 and thus after the widescale entrenchment of neoliberalism in Euro-American cultural life, I consider how contemporary novels especially engage with changing norms around identity and community. In other words, if novels have historically, together with classic liberal economics, offered to their readers models for how to negotiate between individual desires and development and social expectations and requirements, how does this operate now, when neoliberalism emphasises the irrelevance of society altogether? To answer these questions, the project will of four body chapters, each addressing one novelistic sub-genres (the bildungsroman, the gothic novel, the historical novel, and speculative fiction). The body chapters will focus on two exemplary “case studies,” and the readings of these cases will be grounded in the context of a much broader base of textual examples. In Spring 2018, I plan to start drafting chapter two addressing the gothic novel (I’ve already published a portion of this work). In order to begin drafting, I plan to spend the fall semester building support for my claims by contextualising them in the broader corpus of contemporary gothic novels.
Student Involvement: During this UPREP, the student’s primary task will be to find and read examples of contemporary gothic novels. Alongside this, the student will assemble an annotated bibliography and an accompanying database of themes and tropes. This bibliographical work will help hone and target my more directed reading and analysis of specific elements of this body of texts. There are a variety of possible 485 topics that could be developed out of this work.
Required Skills & Interest: The student should have strong word processing, organizational and communication skills. Basic knowledge of WordPress is a plus, but not necessary.