Applications for fall 2018 UPREPs will be accepted until May 1, 2018.
The English Department is offering five (5) Undergraduate Professional and Research Experience Program (UPREP) projects for fall 2018.
UPREPs are only for ENGL majors with a 2.5+ GPA (overall/major). The application deadline is 5:00pm, May 1, 2018.
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 here and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline. Students may apply to more than one professor, but will need to complete an application for each one.
The fall 2018 opportunities:
Dr. Donald Dickson, Editorial Assistant for Seventeenth-Century News
Dr. Krista May, Shakespearean Performance History (World Shakespeare Bibliography)
Dr. Shona Jackson, Lectures in Conflict, Culture, and Freedom
Dr. Laura Mandell, Feminist Controversy in England, 1788-1810
Dr. Britt Mize, Beowulf’s Afterlives
Dr. Donald Dickson: Editorial Assistant, Seventeenth-Century News
Description: I am requesting a UPREP student for Fall 2018 to help me edit Seventeenth-Century News. 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.
Student Involvement: Seventeenth-Century News is a book review journal sponsored by the Milton Society of America, though it seeks to keep its international readership abreast of the best new scholarship in all fields of seventeenth-century studies—art, history, literature, including continental and American, music, and philosophy. Reviews run usually about one thousand words. Seventeenth-Century News is now published digitally <journals.tdl.org/scn>. My editorial assistant would help edit reviews to make them conform to our house style as well as conduct regular correspondence with contributors. The student would also assist me in laying out the issue with InDesign and then uploading the issue to the Texas Digital Libraries site. He or she would gain invaluable practical experience.
Required Skills & Interest: Basic computer skills are required, such as familiarity with Microsoft Word. Knowledge of InDesign would be helpful. This is an opportunity for a student to learn—through hands-on experience—about editing.
Benefits to Student & Faculty: The student would learn about copy-editing, laying out the issue with InDesign, and uploading to the Texas Digital Libraries site. He or she would gain invaluable practical experience. The student would also learn something about scholarly editing. In the past seven years, all of my former UPREPs have found employment as editors or technical writers in part through the experience the gained with me.
Dr. Krista May: Shakespearean Performance History
Description: The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online (WSB Online) contains entries for professional Shakespearean performances (plays, mixed media performances, musical performances, films, opera and ballet premiers, recorded music, radio broadcasts, and staged and recorded readings) from all over the world. Performance entries in the WSB Online include information about where and when the plays are produced, theatre companies, key personnel (director, dramaturg, translator, adapter, set design, costume design, etc.), production languages, and reviews. The student selected for the Shakespearean Performance History project will learn about all these production aspects and will also learn how to create entries for the World Shakespeare Bibliography.
Student Involvement: The student selected for the Shakespearean Performance History project will gather data through theatre company websites, occasional correspondence with theatre companies, books, theatre publications and databases, performance reviews, and articles; will determine what data needs to be included in the WSB Online; will research histories of particular productions; and will compose and submit entries to the WSB’s editors. The student will be guided through each stage of this process and will also get to see the entries published to the WSB Online.
Required Skills & Interest: The student should be interested in Shakespearean performances and researching these performances. The student should be familiar with searching for items using electronic databases and Evans Library’s LibCat and Get It For Me systems. The student needs to be able to use Microsoft Word and Google Drive (including spreadsheets). Although reading knowledge of a foreign language isn’t required, it’s useful for this project. A detail-oriented, intellectually curious student would be best for this position.
Benefits to Student & Faculty: The student will develop skills in research and bibliography and will learn a great deal about Shakespearean performances, as well as trends in production techniques and performance scholarship, from all over the world. Additionally, the student will benefit from involvement in an ongoing and well-established digital project that is crucial to early modern and Shakespearean scholarship. This could help prepare the student for a career in editing or publishing as well as provide training that will be useful in graduate school. The meticulous research and analytic skills gained by participating in this digital project, not to mention the exposure to arts and culture around the world, will stand this student in good stead.
Faculty members will benefit from the student’s work because it will directly impact the number of performances added to the WSB Online. The WSB’s workload is always high, and there is a backlog of performances to be entered into the WSB Online. This will also allow me to catch up on other areas of WSB work, including database searching, dissertation entering, foreign-language edition chasing, and editing entries. Students would be welcome to undertake an ENGL 485 independent study in conjunction with this UPREP, focusing on any area of Shakespeare in performance, Global Shakespeare, or early modern English drama.
Dr. Shona Jackson – Lectures in Culture, Conflict, and Freedom
Description: I am seeking a student to continue work on a lectures series in the department. Fully funded for the next three years, the 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. The Series consists of events organized around the campus visits of two main speakers a year (Capstone and small lecture), whose work bridges the broader political dimensions of scholarly work, within and outside of English, with the embedded politics of activist projects. Through high profile lectures and sustaining faculty, graduate, and undergraduate projects and initiatives, the Series will strengthen graduate and undergraduate programs, strengthen the Liberal Arts core, create greater visibility for faculty and their work at A&M, and establish local networks with scholars in Houston, Austin, Dallas, etc.
Student Involvement: The student would be instrumental in the coordination of events (speakers, dinner and lunches, workshops), development of advertising, and research and acquisition of relevant books and articles for dialogues related to the visiting speakers for the 2017-2018 academic year. Below is a specific list of events the student will be involved in organizing:
” Public Lectures
” Master Class
” Master Work Discussion
” Class Visits
” Critical Dialogue
” Invited Dinner/Lunch
Required Skills & Interest: Basic library and web research skills are a must. The following are desired, but not necessary: familiarity with Publisher or Adobe; familiarity with Excel and/or Pages; familiarity with Google Docs, and Doodle.
Benefits to Student & Faculty: The series will 1) introduce the student to innovative work by well-known scholars and public intellectuals from a cross section of disciplines, 2) give the student the ability to hone interdisciplinary research skills, 3) allow her/him to add practical experience in event organization to her/his résumé, and 4) allow them to add experience with additional computer programs to her/his résumé programs.
Dr. Laura Mandell – Feminist Controversy in England, 1788-1810
Description: In 1974, Garland Publishing (now no longer in existence) published a collection of 44 treatises by women authors published on topics related to emerging feminism, edited by Gina Luria Walker. Mary Wollstonecraft’s ground-breaking Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) was among them. They were facsimile editions and now need to be transcribed and digitized for data mining. They also need to be tagged in order to determine gender identities as they were being formed during the early nineteenth century. A visualization tool will be built for the project.
Student Involvement: Transcribing, tagging, producing visualizations.
Required Skills & Interest: Interest in gender studies, Romanticism, eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature.
Benefits to Student & Faculty: The student will learn how to read eighteenth-century texts from facsimiles, how to transcribe and correct mechanical transcriptions, how to XML-tag documents for analysis, and will participate in the multiple modes of analysis that the team working on this project undertakes.
Dr. Britt Mize – Beowulf’s Afterlives
Description: In the fall of 2018 I will continue development of a public scholarly database of all Beowulf adaptations (there are several hundred). In addition to its value as a general resource, this database will directly support research in the form of two essay collections I am co-editing on the subject.
Student Involvement: The student’s primary role would be data entry and checking, but some additional information-gathering would be involved as well.
Required Skills & Interest: The minimum qualifications are diligence and attentiveness to detail, and all who have these characteristics are encouraged to apply. Prior interest in medieval literature or medievalism is helpful but not necessary.
Benefits to Student & Faculty: The benefit to me is help with aspects of this project that I can share out and manage while I focus primarily on other aspects that require more advanced academic expertise. The student will benefit from direct engagement with ongoing research, gaining a firsthand look at a type of faculty work that is not always readily visible from a student perspective.