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Monday, March 21, 2011

2nd Annual Graduate Thesis and Field Exam Symposium

The second annual Thesis/Field Examination Symposium will take place on Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 to noon in SAC 300. This event is conceived as an opportunity for students who are completing the program to present their research, while also giving first-year students a sense of the sorts of projects that are undertaken as master's theses and field examinations. We hope to have two consecutive one-hour sessions, in which students offer ten-minute presentations of their research. The event is structured so there is plenty of time for comments and questions by audience members and other presenters. Copious amounts of delicious gourmet coffee will be served before and during the event, and after the second session, there will be a catered lunch. We hope to see you there!

English Department Essay Awards, Deadline April 8, 2011

The English Department announces the following $100 prizes to be awarded for the best essays written for English classes. Essays can be entered by faculty or students. They should be emailed to Susan Burns, English Department secretary, (susan.burns@villanova.edu) The deadline is April 8, 2011.

(1). Undergraduate Award - The Jerome J. Fischer Memorial Award, given to the most distinguished scholarly or critical essay written by an undergraduate student at Villanova.

(2). Graduate Award - The Margaret Powell Esmonde Memorial Award, given to the most distinguished scholarly or critical essay written by a graduate student at Villanova.

The two prize-winning essays will be published.

Both competitions are open only to students taking courses at Villanova University, including night school courses. To be eligible, essays must have been
(1) written within a year preceding the deadline
(2) written either for a Villanova English course (2100 level or higher) or for a Villanova Honors course (2000 level or higher) that was taught by a member of the Villanova English faculty. Work submitted for a senior Honors thesis or an M. A. thesis is not eligible.

Format & Requirements:

•In addition to their essay, students should include a cover page including the course and professor for which the paper was written, as well as their local address, email, and telephone number.

•Students should also submit the essay assignment or an approximation of the assignment.

•Essays should be formatted in Times New Roman, 12 (or equivalent font) and double-spaced; graduate essays should be no more than 20 pages long; undergraduate essays are limited to 12 pages.

•Only one submission per student is allowed.

•Notes should be organized in the parenthetical form recommended by the third edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

•Judges are looking for argumentative originality and rigor, elegance of writing, and interpretive incisiveness. Winning papers tend to engage sources in addition to the primary text.

Send submissions as an attachment to susan.burns@villanova.edu
The deadline is April 8, 2011