Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

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Wallace Stevens Memorial Prize
A prize of $500 for the best critical essay on modern American or British poetry (1900-1939) submitted each year. The prize alternates yearly between undergraduates and graduates in the English department. The Spring 2016 award will be made at the undergraduate level to a student pursuing an English major or minor. For more details, contact Tim Newcomb.

Submission deadline: March 31.



Click here for information about other events that might be of interest to English department students.


Grad School and YOU!

Monday, April 4

4:00-5:00 pm          EB 259

Students who are currently pursuing graduate degrees in Business, Education, English, Labor and Employment Relations (HR), Law, Library and Information Science, Music, and Social Work will give advice on choosing a program, applying, and succeeding.  


Interviewing 101: A Workshop for Humanities Majors

Tuesday, April 5

4:30-5:50 pm          EB 108

Kristine McCoskey will draw upon her experience as a corporate recruiter to help you sell your skills, speak with confidence to employers, and handle challenging interview situations.


Business Careers for Humanities Majors

Monday, April 11

4:00-5:00 pm EB 104

Andrew Allen, Director of Illinois Business Consulting, will talk about the skills needed in business and how non-business majors (particularly those who are good with words!) can position themselves to enter the business world.


Project Management for Humanities Majors

Tuesday, April 12

5:00-5:50 pm          EB 119

Anne Odom, a project manager for DS Volition, will explain what project management is, why humanities majors are good at it, and how you can position yourself to do it for a living.


Business Communication for Humanities Majors

Tuesday, April 19

5:00-5:50 pm          EB 119

Kate Ditewig-Morris, internship coordinator for the Department of Communication and previously a writer for Caterpillar, Inc., will discuss careers in writing for businesses.


Department of English Undergraduate Research Symposium

Thursday, April 21

4:30-6:00 pm          English Building Atrium (Mary Kay Peer Lounge)

This is a panel presentation showcasing the work of English department majors as part of Undergraduate Research Week.  Pizza, cake, and drinks will be served!


Customer Support for Humanities Majors

Tuesday, April 26

5:00-5:50 pm          EB 119

Pat East of Pixo (a custom software company in Urbana) will describe this growth field in the tech industry at which humanities majors excel.