Student Success

Conferences & Publishing

There are a number of Pacific Northwest and Pacific University-affiliated opportunities for students to share their thinking and writing outside the classroom. If you are a current student, consider working with me to develop your course writing to submit to one of these:
At Pacific University
For a complete list of active undergraduate research journals, check out the Council for Undergraduate Research's (CUR) list, here.
  • Student Prizes
    Ballou, Sienna. "The Sacrifice of the Poet in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" (ENGL 323, Spring 2017). 1st place ($150 prize plus publication in PLUM), 2018 Pacific University Awards in Literary Scholarship.
    Elder, Riley. “'Knowledge is Not for Knowing': Criticisms of Empiricism in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia” (ENGL 340, Fall 2016). 1st place ($150 prize plus publication in PLUM), 2017 Pacific University Awards in Literary Scholarship.
    Elliot, Charli. “Plastic Paradise: Environment and Implication in William Shakespeare's As You Like It” (ENGL 340, Fall 2016). Honorable mention, 2017 Pacific University Awards in Literary Scholarship.
  • Student Presentations
    Bush, Kymberlin. "'We’ll cook him up in a stew': Stepmothers and Primogeniture in the Brothers Grimm’s 'The Juniper Tree.'" Paper presented at the annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities (NUCH), North Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene, ID, 3 November 2018.
    Riper, Kyle. "'Wisdom and Blood Combating': Humoral Theory and Violence in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Julius Caesar." Paper presented at the annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities (NUCH), North Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene, ID, 3 November 2018.
    Ballou, Sienna. "The Sacrifice of the Poet in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar." Paper presented at the annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL), University of Portland, Portland, OR, 24 March 2017.
    Dolgin, Tailor. "Detection and Deduction: A study in the history of Sherlock Holmes." Poster presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference (PU2RC), Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR, 14 November 2017.
    Ballou, Sienna. "The Dichotomy of Life and Death and Its Effect on Nell in The Old Curiosity Shop." Paper presented at the annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities (NUCH), North Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene, ID, 4 November 2017.
    Riper, Kyle. "Hero's Epitaph: Penance and the Politics of Editorial Emendation in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing." Paper presented at the annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities (NUCH), North Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene, ID, 4 November 2017.
    Elder, Riley. "'Knowledge is Not for Knowing': Criticisms of Empiricism in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia,Challenging Time: Cultures of Temporality. Paper presented at the annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL), University of Portland, Portland, OR, 25 March 2017.
  • Internship Experiences
    Riper, Kyle. Research Intern. Orphic Theatre, Winter 2019.
    Bush, Kymberlin. Social Media Intern. Silk Road Review, AY 2018-19.
    Addison, Kia. Oregon Book Awards Intern. Literary Arts, Spring 2018.
    Ballou, Sienna. @LiteraryArts Event Intern. Literary Arts, Spring 2018.
    Stewart, Riley. Community Outreach Intern. State Representative Susan McLain, Democratic Party of Oregon, Spring 2018.
    Riper, Kyle. MFA Residency Intern. Pacific University, Winter 2017.
    Dolgin, Tailor. @LiteraryArts Event Intern. Literary Arts, Fall 2017.
    Ballou, Sienna. MFA Residency Intern. Pacific University, Summer 2017.
    Dixon, Elise. Acting Intern. Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, Summer 2017.
    McKinnon, Haley. MFA Residency Intern. Pacific University, Summer 2017.
  • Theses Supervised
    Ballou, Sienna. "Tables, Legs, and Gestural Curves: Embodiment and the Victorian Novel." BA thesis, Pacific University, 2018.
    Dolgin, Tailor. "'Being dead does little for one's acumens': Fanfiction, Affect Theory, and Sherlock Holmes." BA thesis, Pacific University, 2018.
    Elder, Riley. "'Even if everything were to fall from under me, I would still prevail': The Phenomenology of Literary Impressionism in Heinrich von Kleist." BA thesis, Pacific University, 2018.
    Riper, Kyle. BA thesis, Pacific University, 2019 (projected).
  • Placement
    My advisees have gone on to pursue graduate studies in literature, theatre, and education, having been accepted to:
    • Boston College
    • Portland State University
    • McGill University
    • SUNY-Buffalo
    • University of California, Santa Cruz
    • University of Maryland

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