Presenting your work—whether your scholarly or your creative writing—is one of the best ways to gain professional experience and to connect with other English types. English majors and minors have a variety of academic conference opportunities these days. Every year the English departments of the ACTC schools share the best work of their students in the aptly-named ACTC English Majors Conference, which rotates among the campuses. The next conference will be held in Spring 2019 at one of the ACTC schools. St. Thomas English majors are invited to submit their best work to three different areas: American Literature, British Literature, and World and Multicultural Literature. Papers of any length can be submitted, and students can submit to more than one panel.
Annual undergraduate English conferences in the Midwest include Streamlines: An Undergraduate Conference Celebrating Language, Literature, and Writing in Iowa (Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Loras College, Dubuque); the St. Francis Writers Conference at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois (November); the Red River Graduate Student Conference (which is also open to undergraduate students) at North Dakota State University (April); and the Madison Undergraduate Society for English (MUSE)-sponsored Literati conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (April).
Student Travel Grants
UST can help you cover conference registration fees and travel expenses through the Student Travel Grant program offered by the Grants & Research Office. This program provides up to $500 of initial financial assistance with an opportunity for an additional $250 to match funding offered by the English Department (up to $250). Students may receive funding for more than one trip per academic year but will receive no more than a total of $750 per academic year from the Student Travel Grant Program. Please note that the Conference Travel Application for a Student Travel Grant must be received at least 14 calendar days prior to departure.
Student travel must be approved by a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas. English majors applying for a Student Travel Grant should contact the department chair, Dr. Amy Muse [firstname.lastname@example.org].