English Literature major Kelsey Hughes was awarded a Fulbright in academic year 2014. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.
These Literature majors won Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Awards (summer 2012):
Olivia Enders for her project on "Summerbridge Pittsburgh": "This past summer, I had the opportunity to combine my love of English and my love of education into a research project, made possible by the Office of Undergraduate Research's Arts & Sciences Research Award. In my project, I studied how writing assignments promoted middle school student learning in a Religious Studies course that I taught at Summerbridge Pittsburgh. With Marylou Gramm, a lecturer in the English department, I researched and designed different types of writing assignments, and explored how they could stimulate the thinking of my students. These writing assignments varied from creative stories, to thought experiments, to responses to religious videos, to journal entries. I carefully documented the classroom atmosphere, student verbal responses, and student writing responses, and evaluated the successes and failures of my lesson plans after the course ended. Not only will the project help me in my future endeavors as an educator, but it also allowed me to see the importance of writing, not merely test-taking, as a way to deepen student understanding."
Madalyn Sproull for her project on "The Neurological Basis of the Mirror Response"