The DePaul Spring English Conference Wants Your Academic and Creative Work!

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Call for Papers – Academic and Creative

The 7th Annual Spring English Conference
Hosted by Students of the Department of English
Organizers: Anastasia Sasewich (MAWP) and Jordan Weber (MAE)
Friday, April 29, 2016 • Arts & Letters Hall 2315 N. Kenmore Ave

The DePaul English Department invites you to participate in our seventh annual student-run conference. The Spring English Conference (SPEC) will be held on the afternoon of Friday, April 29, 2016, in Arts & Letters Hall. The Spring English Conference is an annual daylong event in which undergraduate and graduate students present papers and talks as part of panels. Download this Call for Papers in PDF or Word format. 

The presentations may be in (but are not limited to) the following academic and creative areas:

               Creative Nonfiction
               Literary Analysis
               Pedagogical and Literary Theory
               Publishing, Professional, and Teaching Practices

The DePaul English conference is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their work in front of a positive, supportive community of DePaul faculty and peers. If you have never publicly read your work before, consider this student-run conference. We look forward to making it a rewarding event for everyone involved!

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SAVE THE DATE for the 2016 Spring English Conference! April 29, 2016

Undergrads – it’s that time of year again! The Spring English Conference is upon us again. As you may or may not know, it’s open to both undergrad and grad students at DePaul and is a daylong event dedicated to panels and talks that represent the academic AND creative work English students have done this year!

The possibilities are endless for presentations, panels, talks, and anything else. The deadline for submissions (abstracts at the minimum) will be April 1st.

The conference will be held during the day on Friday, April 29.


ASK Networking Event: Coffee & Chill on Tuesday, February 17th

The ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) network at DePaul welcomes all LAS students to a social event called Coffee & Chill that will take place Wednesday, February 17th, in Arts & Letters Hall Rm 102. The ASK network is a great resource that makes alumni mentors available to students in order to share their experiences, career trajectories, and other useful knowledge. Speaking with people who have liberal arts degrees is a great way to understand the wealth of possibilities available to LAS students!

Coffee & Chill is a relaxed, casual event that is meant to help students become familiar with ASK and ASK mentors. There will be coffee and refreshments. All LAS students are welcome!


Sigma Tau Delta Hosts Professor Panel Monday, February 15th


The DePaul chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, invites all interested students to attend a Professor Panel this Monday, February 15th at 6pm in Arts & Letters Room 206.

The panel features English professors Paula McQuade and James Murphy, who will discuss their academic specializations and scholarly journeys. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in academia or higher education, this is a great way to understand possible trajectories and routes toward that end.

There will be snacks/refreshments and all are welcome!



2016 English Department Scholarships


The English department invites applications for three scholarships available to English majors: the Ellin M. Kelly, Ph. D. Endowed British Literature Award ($1300), the Honors English Scholarship ($2000), and the Mary Zavada Memorial Endowed Scholarship ($1300).

*The details for each scholarship and how to apply are below. You can also download a Word doc or a PDF with the same information.

Each scholarship has different requirements.

To be eligible for any of these scholarships, students must

  •  be declared English majors at sophomore level or higher.
  •  have completed at least two quarters at DePaul.
  •  have completed at least three English courses with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in those courses.
  •  plan to register in at least two courses in Spring 2016.

To apply for scholarships you must complete the following steps:

1. If you have not done so already for the current academic year, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid at​) and have the results sent to DePaul University. This is only required for need-based scholarships. Please note that you are not required to accept a financial aid package in order to be considered for need-based scholarships. You need only fill out and submit the application. Any federal financial aid accepted on your behalf through the FAFSA process is your responsibility.

2. Complete the General Application at

a.       Log into the DePaul Online Scholarship Application using your Campus Connect ID and password.

b.        Complete and submit the General Application.

  • Once your application has been completed and submitted successfully, it will be marked with a green checkmark.
  • If it is gray, the application was not submitted successfully; try again.

3.  After submitting the General Application, you will automatically route to opportunities for which you qualify and more information is needed. If you are recommended for additional scholarships, you will be able to view a list of opportunities.  Apply for them by clicking on the blue “Apply” button beside each scholarship.  Additional questions or information may be required to complete the application process.

After Submitting an Application

If awarded a scholarship, you will be notified via email and you will see a notification on the“applications” tab of the scholarship application site under “active.” You must accept the award within the DePaul Online Scholarship Application in order to receive the money. You will alsoreceive communication from financial aid stating that your financial aid award letter has been updated. If you are not selected for a scholarship, you will see a notification on the “home” tab of the website indicating your application was reviewed and not selected. Individual emails are not sent for those not selected.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Jennifer Conary, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at


Ellin M. Kelly, Ph. D. Endowed British Literature Award, $1300

The Kelly Endowed British Literature Award recognizes the academic achievement of students who have demonstrated their dedication to the study of British literature. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interest in Medieval Literature and/or students who plan togo on for a graduate degree in English. Only Juniors and Seniors are eligible for this scholarship.

Applicants for this scholarship will need to upload the following documents with their

electronic application:

  • A 400-500-word statement highlighting your dedication to the study of British literature as demonstrated through your coursework, including independent studies or research projects, as well as any related extracurricular activities or future plans.
  • An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine).
  • An essay dealing with British literature from any period.\


The Honors English Scholarship, $2000

The Honors English scholarship provides financial assistance to Honors students who are also English majors. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be enrolled in the Honors Program and you must demonstrate financial need. Academic engagement and achievement will also be taken into consideration.

Applicants for the Honors English Scholarship will need to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  •  A 400-500-word statement highlighting your academic engagement and achievement in the English major and the Honors Program and indicating how this scholarship will help you financially.
  • An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine).
  • A writing sample (a literary essay or a creative work produced for one of your classes).


The Mary Zavada Memorial Endowed Scholarship, $1300

The Mary Zavada Memorial Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance to students majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. You must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

Applicants for this scholarship will need to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine).
  • A sample of your creative writing (short story, set of poems, essay, etc.).

Join Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society!


DePaul’s Gamma Psi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, The National English Honor Society, will elect new members in spring 2016. English Majors and Minors, graduate and undergraduate, are eligible to apply provided they have completed one course beyond English 120 (or equivalent) and have  a G.P.A. of 3.4 or better.

To apply, please complete this application form in Word format [not PDF] and return it electronically to Professor Murphy, Department of English, by 15 February, 2016. Email it as an attachment to writing ‘Sigma Tau Delta’ application in the subject line. Applicants’ GPAs will be checked out and those who qualify will later be asked to supply a $40 lifetime membership fee.

Some basics on Sigma Tau Delta:

  • English honor society for students at accredited colleges and universities that grant baccalaureate or higher degrees
  • Established in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature, and writing
  • Dedicated to fostering literacy and all aspects of the discipline of English
  • The second largest member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS)
  • Over 875 local chapters in the U.S. and abroad—and growing.

Visit the Sigma Tau Delta website for more information!



English Department Year-End Celebration TODAY (Friday, June 5) from 3-5pm in Arts & Letters Hall, 2nd Floor!

The English Department warmly invites you to a celebration to mark the end of another successful academic year! On Friday, June 5 (the last day of spring classes) at 3pm, we’ll gather on the 2nd floor of Arts and Letters hall to celebrate graduating English majors, Distinction Students, and all of the outstanding work English students have done throughout the year. Come enjoy light refreshments and conversation and celebrate work done well! DeptCelebration_June4

Chicago Women in Publishing Mentorship Night & Career Panel: Monday, May 18th at 6pm

Undergrounders! Our resident internship and career guru, Professor Chris Green, brings to you another amazing panel aimed at showing English majors and minors the myriad career paths they might take. These panels are always illuminating and insightful in addition to being a simply outstanding resource. The time to think about life after DePaul is NOW. Don’t miss this event!cwip flyer-page-001

DePaul English Undergrad Alex Nates-Perez Featured in DePaul Magazine

Today in the DePaul Magazine, Junior Alex Nates-Perez, an English major and environmental science minor, shares five easy steps you can take to help keep our planet healthy in the years to come.

It’s a great article, and we’re proud to have Alex represent our department so well!

Check out the article, and comment with your thoughts!