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Department of English Student Travel Grants

  • Alyssa Mazey used her Student Travel Grant to attend the 2013 National Sigma Tau Delta Conference in Portland, OR.
  • Katy Major completed archival research on Sylvia Plath at Smith College in 2014 with her Student Travel Grant.

The English Department annually awards travel grants to current English majors seeking assistance to complete archival or field research for critical or creative work, travel to literary festivals or readings, or attend and/or present their work at creative or scholarly conference. Applications are submitted by students and reviewed by faculty each fall semester. Download the guidelines for the 2015-16 Student Travel Grants (PDF) Submissions for grants are due by October 2, 2015

Travel Opportunities

Students are encouraged to develop independent excursions to enrich their creative or scholarly work: study the letters and manuscripts of your favorite author in library archives; reach out to publishing, advertising, non-profit, etc. professionals to arrange shadowing visits with them so you can learn more about how their industries works; immerse yourself in different geographical areas for your next creative project; contact your favorite contemporary author to arrange an in-person interview; etc.

if you're interested in attending conferences, here are some annual opportunities that have been of interest to Otterbein students in previous years:

Midwest Modern Language Association Conference
Columbus, OH ~ Nov 12-15, 2015

Louisville Conference in Literature and Culture Since 1900 
Louisville, KY ~ Feb 18-20, 2016

Susquehanna Undergraduate Literature & Creative Writing Conference
Selinsgrove, PA ~ TBA in mid-March 2016

Sigma Tau Delta National Conference
Minneapolis, MN ~ Mar 2-5, 2016

Ohio University Spring Literary Festival
Athens, OH ~ TBA in late March 2016

Associated Writing Programs National Conference
Los Angeles, CA ~ Mar 30-Apr 2, 2016

National Undergraduate Literary Conference
Ogden, UT ~ TBA early April 2016

Sarah Lawrence College's Poetry Festival
Bronxville, NY ~ TBA in late April 2016

Riverteeth Nonfiction Conference
Ashland, OH ~ TBA late May 2016

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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