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Graduate Awards

Page address: https://english.mnsu.edu/awards/grad.htm

Application Procedures

Unless otherwise indicated, students must apply for awards using the Scholarship Finder interface at mnsu.academicworks.com/

Questions?
Direct any questions about English department awards to elizabeth.williamsen@mnsu.edu, subject line English Awards. Please use your MSU e-mail account only.

Applicants may apply for all English awards for which they qualify. For students who apply for multiple awards, the Awards Committee will confer the highest-amount award that a student may be eligible to receive.

Jane F. Earley American Literature Scholarship

The Jane F. Earley American Literature Scholarship is awarded for excellent student work in American literature, based upon both work completed and the potential of work to come. The 2017 award amount was $2000. To qualify for consideration, a candidate must be currently enrolled in a graduate English program; may not have received this award in another year; and must demonstrate excellent work in American literature as a writer of critical analysis and as a participant in scholarly events such as class activities and/or conferences.

To apply, the candidate must submit an academic paper of five to ten pages that demonstrates excellent critical analysis of American literature and an application statement. In the statement, the student should describe his or her work in American literature, both as a writer of critical analysis and as a participant in scholarly events such as class activities and/or conferences. The candidate also should provide contact information for two references who can address the student's academic qualities.
 

Innovation in Teaching Award

The Innovation in Teaching Award is given to graduate students teaching composition who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in curriculum design or teaching practice. Two awards are given each year. Each award is $200. To qualify for consideration, a candidate must a) implement an innovative curricular component or teaching practice into an eligible writing course during the current academic year, b) be employed as a teaching assistant during the current academic year, and c) not have received the award in the last two years. Eligible Courses: ENG 100, 101, 103, 104 and EAP 112, 113, 135, 136.


Candidates must submit an application statement of 2-4 pages that a)  describes an innovative curricular component or teaching practice that they incorporated into their teaching this year (e.g. a new unit, writing assignment, selection of readings, lesson plan, or teaching method), b) summarizes the innovation, c) discusses the motivation for adopting this approach, including the learning goals/targeted course competencies and d)  describes the outcomes of the teaching experience (successes, challenges, potential revisions). If desired, the candidates may draw connections to current composition scholarship in the application statement but are not required to do so. A maximum of five pages of relevant teaching materials may also be included with the application. Entries will be evaluated by members of the English Awards Committee and, when available, a faculty member who has expertise in composition instruction. Award-winning projects will be shared with the English department.

 

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

The Outstanding Graduate Student Award goes to a peer-nominated graduate student in the last year (which may include the second summer session of 2018) of his or her program. The 2017 award amount was $300. In addition to being in the last year of his or her graduate program, the candidate must demonstrate outstanding professional activity in his or her ability to do the following: teach effectively or perform effectively in other current assignments (e.g. graduate assistantships, academic achievement);  exhibit scholarly or creative achievement or research (e.g., submissions of scholarly or creative work for publication, presentations of scholarly or creative work, presentations, readings); and provide service to the department, university or community (e.g., committee service, volunteer experience, extracurricular).

The application process begins with a nomination:
a)  The person making the nomination should submit a letter of support for the person they are nominating (see criteria above) and inform the candidate.
b)  If the candidate accepts the nomination, he or she must submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of no more than two pages. In the statement, the student should discuss his or her (a) academic achievements as a teacher and/or graduate assistant, (b) scholarly research or creative achievement, and (c) service to the department, university, or community. The candidate also should provide contact information for two references who can address the student's academic qualities.
 

Raymond and Florence Sponberg

The Raymond and Florence Sponberg Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding female graduate student in English who has formally submitted her Plan of Study, and who is in enrolled in either her second or third semester of study at the time of application. The 2017 award amount was $450.

To apply, the candidate must submit a curriculum vitae, two letters of support from faculty members, and an application statement. In the statement, the student should discuss (a) her academic achievements since admission to graduate study and (b) the relationship of her graduate program to her aspirations and how the award would facilitate reaching them. The letters from faculty members should be sent directly to the Awards Committee.
 

Robert C. Wright

Three awards will be given to undergraduate and graduate students whose writing samples are judged to be the best by a nationally-recognized outside writer. The 2018 award amounts are yet to be determined.  Winners will apply prize money toward college expenses in one or more semesters following the award. To qualify for consideration, a candidate must be a continuing undergraduate or graduate student in any major (enrolled during Spring 2018, and continuing into 2018-2019). Previous first-place award winners are not eligible.

To apply, the candidate must submit 5-20 pages of imaginative writing, which may include more than one genre. Include name, home address, e-mail address, phone number, and name of award on the first page of your submission. 
 

[PDF] English Department Graduate Student Creative or Research Summer Fellowships (12 KiB)

The English Department offers a limited number of $2000 fellowships to continuing graduate students engaged in creative or research projects during the summer term under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Fellowship recipients are expected to engage in research or creative work half-time (20 hours per week) for five weeks during the summer, and must be enrolled for graduate credit during Summer 2018 and Fall 2018. Finished work will be presented at a fall event to which the public will be invited.

Completed applications are due to the English Department main office (AH 230) by 3 pm on March 2, 2018. See the full description of the application process here: [PDF] english.mnsu.edu/awards/english_grad_summer_fellowship_2018.pdf (12 KiB).