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Graduate Program News

Esther Arnold Accepts Archivist Position at Rare Books

August 18, 2014

Esther Arnold (PhD '13) has accepted a full-time position in the Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation Department of Rush Rhees Library, where she will be serving in the capacity of Archives Assistant. Esther brings with her a wealth of experience garnered both from her work as a Project Assistant at the William Blake Archive (2008-13) as well as from her Curatorial Fellowship at George Eastman House (2010-12). Congratulations!

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Martha Johnson-Olin Hired at Potomac State College

June 24, 2014

Congratulations to Martha Johnson-Olin (PhD '14), who has recently accepted a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at Potomac State College (a division of West Virginia University). Johnson-Olin's dissertation, in which she places Middle English Romance in dialogue with early folklore and fairy-tale traditions, was completed under the direction of Professor Russell Peck.

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Graduate Registration Reminder

June 1, 2014

Fall 2014 registration will begin on April 7, 2014.  Registration is a process you need to do each semester, even if you have completed your credit requirement (30 for master’s; 90 for Ph.D.).  It is important for you to be in touch with Carrie Morriss regarding your registration if you are unsure how to register. carrie.morriss@rochester.edu

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Arnold, Zogas Win 2014 Gilman Prize

May 12, 2014

Congratulations to Esther Arnold and Peter Zogas,  recipients of the 2014 William H. Gilman Memorial Prize. The Gilman is awarded annually by the English Department to a graduating PhD candidate whose work in English or American literature has been deemed truly outstanding.

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Kate Norako Accepts Stanford Post-Doc

May 6, 2014

Congratulations to Kate Norako (PhD '12), who will embark this fall on a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, teaching sections of the college's required freshman-seminar program, "Thinking Matters"

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Esther Arnold's Dissertation Recognized for Excellence

May 2, 2014

The English Department congratulates Esther Arnold, one of two graduating PhD students in the Humanities this year whose dissertations received official Commendations for excellence from the University's College of Arts and Sciences. Arnold's dissertation, "Entertaining Reformers: Social Reform and Recreation in American Literature and Silent Film, 1840-1915," was written under the direction of Professor John Michael.

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Curtis Teaching Prize awarded to Nikolaus Wasmoen

April 22, 2014

Nikolaus Wasmoen headshotSixth-year PhD student Nikolaus Wasmoen has been awarded the University's 2014 Edward Peck Curtis Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. Currently serving as a Dean's Teaching Fellow in two of Professor Morris Eaves' courses on the concept of "The Digital Page," while also assisting in a course taught by Professor Bette London on the Twentieth-Century British Novel, Wasmoen has continually found dynamic and eye-opening ways of sharing with students a set of unique skills garnered while writing his ambitious, highly interdisciplinary dissertation on the role of the author-editor in the construction of literary modernism.

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Registration Reminders

January 1, 2014

When you register for graduate courses, note that all 500-level courses in the English Department carry 5 credits. In order to receive 5 credits for a 400-level course in the English Department, you will need to register for the 4-credit 400-level course AND for the proper 1-credit 400M course. You will be able to locate the proper 1-credit 400M easily: the 400M number will be identical to the 400 number for your 4-credit course (i.e., ENG 410 and ENG 410M). The instructor will explain the requirements for obtaining this extra one credit.

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Travel Funds for PhD Students Presenting at Conferences

December 2, 2013

PhD students from any department or program who are traveling to conferences may apply to the University Dean of Graduate Studies for reimbursement of airfare and conference registration costs up to $800. Priority will be given to Sproull and Provost Fellows, and to students who are the main or sole author of the work to be presented.

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Folger Institute

November 1, 2013

Folger InstituteThe University of Rochester is a member of the Folger Institute Consortium; our faculty and students receive preference in admissions, and are eligible to receive grants-in-aid to support their travel and lodging while attending Folger Institute events. The Institute’s interdisciplinary programming immerses participants in the Folger Library’s holdings, most famous for their Shakespeare-related materials but which include hundreds of thousands of books, manuscripts, and visual objects pertaining to early modern Western culture most broadly conceived (British, Continental, American, and Transatlantic).

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PhD Placement News

October 1, 2013

Congratulations to our PhD recipients on these recent accomplishments in their careers:

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PhD Recipients

August 30, 2013

We're proud to announce that these students defended their dissertations and were awarded the PhD in English in summer 2013.

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