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April 23, 2010

Three ULM English grad students present at local conference

Three graduate students in the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s English department presented research papers at the 12th annual ULM/Tech Collaborative Graduate Conference April 15 at the Thomas Assembly Center at Louisiana Tech University.

Paper presentations included “The Southern Belle and the American Dream: Breeding Delusion and Disappointment in Tennessee Williams' ‘The Glass Menagerie’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’” by Maure Kyser of Monroe; “‘What thing it is that wommen moost desiren:’ Sovereignty and the Influence of the Wife of Bath in Thomas Deloney's ‘Jack of Newberry,’” by Meghan Maxwell of Calhoun, and “‘...what the New World hath finally wrought:’ Exploring the Significance and Definition of Assimilation in Wole Soyinka's ‘The Strong Breed’ and Lorraine Hansberry's ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’” by Vanelis Rivera of Christiansted, Virgin Islands.

Maxwell won the $100 prize for Best ULM Paper. She said the experience not only helped with her thesis, but will also benefit her in the future.

“After participating in the ULM/Tech Graduate Conference for two years, I feel that I am prepared to present at larger conferences where I can showcase my work and establish my identity as a scholar," she said. “Presenting my work before an audience of professors and knowledgeable peers has increased my confidence in my skills as a writer and a scholar.”

The conference, now in its 12th year, provides an outlet for students at both universities to showcase their research.
“The conference demonstrates the commitment of the graduate faculty at both institutions to preparing our students to move confidently into the world of academic research,” said Dr. LaRue Love Sloan, L.M. McKneely Endowed Professor of English Literature and graduate coordinator.

“We’re proud of our students' commitment to undertake challenging and intellectually edgy research as well.”

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