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English Department Awards Travel Grants

November 1, 2014

2014 Travel Award WinnersThe generosity of donors will enable five students in the English department to make trips related to their studies with grants of up to $2,000 each.  A committee in the department evaluates applications twice a year, in October and February, and the latest round of winners was announced October 31st.  

Undergraduate English education major Paige Hanewald will spend a month in Barcelona next summer studying the “Route of Don Quixote” and “Languages of Spain in Early Modern Times and Since” as part of her Spanish minor.  She observes that the linguistic and grammatical discipline of this program will make her a better teacher of the English language as well.  She received the English Study Abroad Award.

First-year MA student Erika Partenheimer received support from the Janice H. Harris Excellence Fund (est. 2008) to help fund a spring break journey to Jane Austen's England.  She is coordinating the trip with members of the UW Jane Austen Club that she also serves as its president. 

Second-year MA students Christina Bogdan and Jay Gentry will attend the Northeast Modern Language Association's annual convention in Toronto at the end of the spring term where they will co-present a paper entitled, "'Thanks for the Adventure': The Role of Death and Memory in Disney/Pixar's Up! And WALL-E." Bogdan is supported through the generosity of the Nanci and Sam Andrew English Department Graduate Studies Award (est. 2001) and Gentry through the Eleanor M. Kambouris Student Excellence Fund (est. 2007).

Bogdan will also present a paper next April in New Orleans at the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association’s national conference, entitled, “’Be Our Guest’: Food and Dining as Identity Markers in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”  Her mentor, Susan Aronstein, writes glowingly of the work that has grown out of her thesis on Disney parks.  This travel grant is also funded by the Eleanor M. Kambouris Student Excellence Fund.

Finally second-year MA candidate Courtney Holroyd will be able to network with scholars in Chicano literature by attending the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies in San Francisco next April.  She has proposed a paper on the Chicana writer Denise Chávez and will also be supported with the Nanci and Sam Andrew English Department Graduate Studies Award.

This round there were no applicants for the Jane L. Tanner Study Abroad Award (est. 2002) which supports undergraduate English majors in extended study abroad (eight weeks up to a year).  

Students in the English department, both graduate and undergraduate, are encouraged to avail themselves of the opportunities afforded by the department’s generous benefactors.  Full details can be found on the department’s website under Grants and Awards.

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