Art and Healing Intervention: Examining How Art Impacts Mood

Interested in participating in a short study to find out how art affects your mood? Sign up to attend this session on art and healing!

When & Where: The event will be…

  • On Tuesday, April 9th, at 2:30 p.m.
  • In the lobby of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (161 Calhoun St)

To RegisterClick this link to sign up to attend, or scan the QR code on the flyer. The session will be limited to 50 participants, so make sure to sign up soon!

Contact Samantha Tracey ( with any questions.

English Department Scholarship Opportunity

Students who intend to complete an independent study or bachelors essay in English beginning next fall are eligible to submit their proposals for consideration for the Macy Ezell Cooke Scholarship and an award of $1,000!

Details: The Cooke Scholarship is awarded to the most promising, innovative, or academically substantial project, based on the proposal. In preparing their proposals, students should follow the guidelines provided below. The English department will consider all proposals submitted for the scholarship at their final faculty meeting on April 9th.

To Apply: Submit your proposal through the Cougar Scholarship Award System by April 5th. Please note that April 5th is only the deadline for the consideration for the scholarship. BE/IS proposal final deadlines come much later.

Students are expected to consult with their preferred faculty advisors well in advance of preparing their proposals and to complete their proposals on time and strictly according to the guidelines stated below. Acceptance of proposals is contingent upon the approval of a committee composed of the faculty advisor, the appropriate concentration director (Creative Writing; Literature and Film; Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication), and the Associate Chair of the Department.

To propose a Bachelor’s Essay or Independent Study in English, a student must:

  • have completed 60 hours of coursework, including ENGL 299
  • not have exceeded 9 hours of independent study (including Tutorials, Bachelor’s Essays, and Independent Studies)
  • identify a BE or IS faculty director in English
  • consult with the director while preparing the proposal according to the guidelines below

Submit the proposal, via your director, to the committee no later than one week before the first day of classes for the semester in which the work is to be done. It is preferable to submit the proposal much sooner, preferably in the prior semester.

Proposal Guidelines
Your proposal should be 400-500 words long—one single-spaced page—excluding the bibliography. Place your name at the top of the first page along with the name of your faculty advisor, and indicate whether you are proposing an Independent Study or a Bachelor’s Essay. Proposals should include the following:

  • An intriguing and informative title.
  • A brief, engaging introduction that identifies your primary sources and strategically frames your project. You can do this in any number of ways, but successful strategies include establishing broader contexts for your project (historical, theoretical, generic), modeling your proposed engagement with the text(s), and/or emphasizing why your topic is timely and important.
  • A tentative—but pointed and specific—project goal. For critical projects, this will be a research question or, if your project is more developed, a thesis. For creative projects, this will be a statement of intent. The goal here is to articulate what you hope to achieve in this independent project.
  • A focused account of the conversation your project participates in. This might include key critical arguments or creative practices you hope to address and extend. Try to cite at least two sources, though there probably won’t be room for substantial quotations. You might also describe in greater detail the theoretical, methodological, or creative foundations indicated in your introduction.
  • A project timeline, noting completion dates for specific stages of the project (annotated bibliography or creative review, section and chapter drafts, final copy, etc.). Please also note the anticipated size of the project and related outcomes. Independent studies typically require 25 pages of formal writing, though not necessarily in the form of one long essay. Bachelor’s Essays typically require 50 pages of formal writing and a defense.
  • A grading plan explaining how the course will be graded. Faculty advisors may choose to adapt one of the following sample grading plans:
    • Grading Plan for Independent Study – The faculty advisor will assign a grade based on two factors: participation (e.g., attendance at and preparedness for weekly meetings) and written work, which will consist of _________.
    • Grading Plan for Bachelor’s Essay – The faculty advisor will assign a grade based two factors: participation (e.g., attendance at and preparedness for weekly meetings) and the writing project. The writing project will be at least 50 pages long and show evidence of substantial primary and/or secondary research. The student will defend the writing project orally before a panel including the faculty advisor and two additional faculty members.
  • A statement of the Student Learning Outcome(s) for the project. Faculty advisors may choose to adapt the following SLO:
    • Student Learning Outcome for Bachelor’s Essay/Independent Study: Student will demonstrate the ability to plan and effectively carry out an extensive research and/or writing project independently.
  • A bibliography, including no fewer than ten primary and secondary sources.

Please note that the bullet points above merely list several important features of the proposal. They are not meant to serve as an outline of your proposal, which should unfold in a series of strategically organized paragraphs that combine these features as best suits your project. Nor are they exhaustive. You may, for example, also want to discuss the experiences and qualifications that have led you to and prepared you for your proposed project.

A few additional notes
Because decisions about Bachelor’s Essays and Independent Studies are likely to be made after registration has begun, students should register for classes as if they will not be doing independent work.

Bachelor’s Essays with an ENGL prefix can be applied to the Open Electives requirement of the English Core. Students can apply both semesters of their Bachelor’s Essay (499A & 499B) to this 6 credit hour requirement.

Independent Studies can be applied either to the Open Electives requirement or to the Focus Electives requirement of our three concentrations, provided that the content of the Independent Study project reflects the content of the concentration. If you would like to have your Independent Study applied as a Focus Elective within your concentration, please contact the Associate Chair.

Join Tiny Tassel and Parfaire Consulting CEO Mimi Striplin for a Talk About Starting a Business

Join CEO and founder of Tiny Tassel and Parfaire Consulting Mini Striplin for a Women’s History Month talk about starting a business this Thursday!

Details: Topics covered will include web development, HR needs, legal challenges, artistic photography, and creative marketing.

When & Where: The talk will be…

  • On Thursday, March 28th, at 4:00 p.m.
  • In the Robert Scott Small Building, room 235

To Attend: No registration needed, just show up! Refreshments will be provided.

Join the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program for a Film Screening and Q&A

Join the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, along with the Department of History, Film Studies, and the Honors College, for an exclusive film screening and Q&A with Seth Fein.

When & Where: The screening and Q&A will be…

  • On Wednesday, March 27th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • In the Septima Clark Auditorium (Education Center room 118)

About the Film: Between Neighborhoods (85′, 2018, 2024) works between original and archival footage to contemplate in split-screen the present and past of imperialism and immigration –– the competition between corporate and social globalizations –– that have orbited Robert Moses’s Unisphere in Queens since the mammoth armillary sphere, the largest rendering of the world in the world, went up for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair.

About the Filmmaker: Seth Fein is a historian and filmmaker who lives and works in Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC, where he founded and operates Seven Local Film, where you can sample Between Neighborhoods and his other work.

No registration necessary. For more information, see the provided flyer.

Attend a Seminar with Hilton President and CEO Chris Nassetta

Hilton President and CEO is coming to campus and speaking with students next week!

Details: In this session, Mr. Nassetta will share his insights on leading a global hospitality giant and navigating the ever-changing landscape of the international business scene. Gain invaluable leadership lessons you can apply to your own career development and gain insight on where you can make an impact in a globalized world. The session will be followed by a Q&A moderated by President Hsu!

When & Where: The event will be…

  • On Friday, March 29th, at 2:00 p.m.
  • In the Wells Fargo Auditorium in the Beatty Center

Great Opportunity For: Any accounting, finance, or hospitality students, or anyone with an interest in business or hospitality.

Future Opportunities: Hilton has some incredible post-graduation opportunities for students, including a Revenue Management Center and both one and two-year management training programs. The two-year program includes an option to spend nine months at an international location, a special opportunity for students right after graduation!

To Attend: Scan the QR code on the flyer or click this link to reserve a spot for the event.

For more information, check out the attached flyer 0r go to the registration link.

U.S. Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program

The U.S. Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program is a joint exchange program combines professional meetings, briefings from government officials and private sector specialists, peer interaction, and cultural activities.

The Experience: Delegations of students from Korea and the U.S. will spend time together in Washington, DC. Afterwards, the Americans will depart for Korea, while the Koreans will remain in the U.S. to explore another U.S. city. At the end of the program, the Korean delegation will return to Korea to reunite with their American counterparts together in Seoul.

The Purpose: to broaden the perspectives of Korean and American young people on: the legislative process, the history of U.S. – Korean relations, and current economic, political, and security aspects of the bilateral relationship.

How to Apply: Online application (personal statement + LOR + resume + active passport) by Friday, April 12 at 11:59pm EST.

Applications Are Open for the Meridian-Cox Foreign Service Fellowship for Emerging Leaders

Applications are now open for the fully funded Meridian-Cox Foreign Service Fellowship for Emerging Leaders!

The Opportunity: The Meridian-Cox Foreign Service Fellowship for Emerging Leaders is a fully-paid enrichment and training program in Washington, DC, seeking to expand awareness and access to Foreign Service careers to students. The Fellowship provides undergraduate students with insight into American diplomacy while underscoring educational, internship, and career paths within the U.S. Foreign Service.

Details: The Fellowship will occur in Washington, DC, from Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, June 29, 2024. Fellows will be paid a stipend of $500 and receive per diem for meals and incidentals for each day of the program. Roundtrip airfare, lodging, and ground transportation to and from the Washington, DC airport will also be covered.

Included Activities: Full-day visit to the U.S. Department of State, interactive two-day diplomatic skills training course, diplomacy simulation, panel discussions with representatives from the broader U.S. Foreign Service apparatus, various site visits, tour of Washington monuments and cultural activities, and virtual workshops before and following the program.

To ApplyGo to this link to apply. Applications are due Wednesday, March 20th, at 11:59 p.m.

For more information, click the application link or send an email to There will also be an informational webinar on Thursday, March 7th, at 8:00 p.m., which you can register for here.