Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer Grants for Doctoral Research, Part 1

Beginning in 2008, the English Department inaugurated a grant program to assist doctoral students with their research and publication during the summers. Funded by contributions from faculty and alumni, each year the Department awards two Summer Grants for Doctoral Research of $250 each to help defray the costs of researching and writing scholarly articles and other academic work.

Last summer, one of the grants allowed Rebecca (“Becca”) Skidmore Biggio to buy the books she needed to revise part of a chapter of her dissertation into a conference paper on Their Shadows Before (1899), a nineteenth-century novel by understudied American author Pauline BouvĂ©. Becca presented the paper at the Modern Language Association convention in San Francisco in December, 2008. Having just received her doctorate this spring, Becca is currently revising the presentation into a journal article, and she eventually plans to submit a proposal to academic presses for a scholarly edition of BouvĂ©’s novel.

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