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Two ULM English students win competitive summer internship stipends

Published May 6, 2016

MONROE, La. — Two University of Louisiana Monroe English majors, Lauren C. Haigler, of Haughton, La., and Shelby N. Russell, of West Monroe, La., have each won a Summer Internship Stipend from Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society.

The stipends each amount to $1500, providing funding for for current undergraduate and graduate student members accepting non- or low-paying summer internships. The awards are competitive, and only a limited number of stipends were awarded.

Lauren and Shelby will be working with Dr. Jana M. Giles, of the English Program in the School of Humanities, as editorial interns for the academic research journal, Conradiana, for which Dr. Giles serves as Managing Editor. Conradiana is dedicated to the study of the works of the British and Polish modernist novelist, Joseph Conrad. Giles is also the faculty sponsor for the ULM Beta Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta.

“I am just thrilled to be able to work with such bright and capable young people this summer on producing a premiere academic journal. I was hoping for at least one of them to win, but never expected to have such an embarrassment of riches as two interns at once,” said Giles.

The internship must involve working for an "organization" while being directed by a supervisor/mentor within that organization, and the internship’s duties must be consistent with the applicant’s level of education, area of study, and career goals. Financial need is taken into consideration in addition to internship length.

The good news doesn’t stop there, however. Lauren Haigler also won a $1000 Regents Scholarship: Southern Region from Sigma Tau Delta.

“I hope this will encourage more students from ULM to apply for nationally competitive scholarships and internships,” said Giles.

“They can win if they try.”

A link to the award announcements may be found here: http://www.english.org/sigmatd/news/2016/newsflash_scholarship_winners_050516.html