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may help faculty members conduct research. Interested students should
consult current faculty research interests at the Undergraduate Research Program website or at the Faculty Profiles section of the English Department website.
writing a senior thesis (UNIV 401-402) can help faculty members in
their research while gathering material for their own project. For more
on the Senior Thesis enterprise, see http://urp.udel.edu/content/senior-thesis.
For qualified undergraduate researchers, there are fellowships for summer work in conjunction with the senior thesis. See http://www.urp.udel.edu/content/summer-scholars.
McNair scholars can develop their research projects under the mentorship of English faculty. See http://mcnair.udel.edu.
Opportunities for collaborative research with English Studies faculty
faculty work in a wide variety of areas: literary and cultural studies,
film studies, business and technical communication, journalism,
creative writing, and English education. Chances are good that you can
find a good fit between your interests and those of a faculty member.
What are the Benefits of Undergraduate Research?
Undergraduate research meets the General Education requirement for
"Discover or Experiential Learning" as long as the work is done for
Undergraduate Research offers selected students unique opportunities to
participate in cutting-edge research and to advance their skills in
literature, researching, and writing. They can learn how their favorite
faculty mentors know what they know. Knowing how to conduct research is
an important for anyone contemplating graduate school in any discipline.
Undergraduate research can involve travel to present at conferences and result in publications.
What is a Senior Thesis?
To earn an Honors degree with distinction or a degree with distinction, a
student must write a senior thesis. A senior thesis is similar to an
independent project but the senior thesis is both longer and more
ambitious than an independent project, because a senior thesis requires
the creation of new knowledge through rigorous research. Thesis students
normally read intensively in a well-defined area of interest and then
define their own topic in part based on what remains to be said about
the chosen topic.
Steps for becoming involved in Undergraduate Research in English Studies
Make a list of two or three faculty members for whom you might want to
conduct research. Figure out how your research interests match up with
those of the faculty. Write a brief e-mail message
to your first-choice faculty member. Explain your academic status,
including GPA, your interests, and how you imagine your interests fit
with those of the professor. For faculty e-mail addresses, consult the
Department's faculty directory. Meet with the faculty member to explore
possibilities. Realize you may have to settle for your second or third
choice depending on faculty availability. You should also be
adaptable—you want to find a good fit of your work to that of the
Sample Email Message
Dear Professor X,
was a student in your course on ENGL3xx in the fall semester of 2012. I
enjoyed learning about style and writing [here be as specific as you
can be about the professor's subjects], and I would like to explore the
possibility of doing guided research with you on this subject.
particular, I am interested in issues of online style. Do journalists
who publish in such online sources as Slate take on a new, online style
that differs from their work in daily newspapers? I have read your
research profile on the Undergraduate Research Program homepage, and I
believe my interests coincide with your research topics. I see you have a
recent book on style, and that you also are successful in publishing
hope we can meet soon to discuss the possibility of doing research
together. I am available to meet with you on Mondays and Wednesdays
after 2:30 and Thursday before noon. If these times are not convenient, I
can rearrange my schedule to meet with you. I look forward to hearing
from you at your earliest convenience.
[your name; include your e-mail address and your phone number]
Undergraduate Research vs. Independent Study
ENGL 468 Undergraduate Research is appropriate for students who are
assisting a faculty member's research project. Students may be
interested in pursuing their own research in an area related to the
instructor's expertise; sometimes that research may also contribute to
the instructor's scholarship. It is not always easy to draw a firm
distinction between Independent Study and Undergraduate Research, but it
is the aim of Undergraduate Research to expose students to the research
methods of faculty; that is, students should gain valuable experience
from learning how to conduct research even if the student does not
produce original scholarship (as s/he would in an Independent Study).
ENGL 468 Guidelines
It is the student's responsibility to secure a faculty coordinator
("the instructor"), who will then seek approval to supervise
Undergraduate Research from the Associate Chair.
The department follows guidelines from the Undergraduate Research
Program: Fall and Spring semester ENGL 468 is expected to require (on
average) 10-12 hours per week for 3 credits, 7-8 hours for 2 credits,
and 4-5 hours for 1 credit. ENGL 468 is not graded pass/fail unless
specifically requested. The end date is understood to be the last day
of classes unless otherwise specified.
The instructor must provide the following information to the
Associate Chair: the student's name and ID number, desired number of
credits, and a schedule indicating timeline and manner of assessment
(e.g., face-to-face meetings, written reports of x pages, etc.), and the
general nature of the work. The Associate Chair, in consultation with
Undergraduate Studies committee, will evaluate requests based on the
objective criteria provided, and upon approval will register the
student. The instructor must deposit an outline of work before the
beginning of the semester, in accordance with the department's standing
policy of collecting syllabi. (This process is intended to protect the
instructor's academic freedom.)
Should ENGL 468 be taken for a standard grade?
Yes, typically. An instructor can petition the Undergraduate Studies
Committee to allow pass/fail grading (but note that students cannot
earn DLE with a "pass").
How are students enrolled?
After the proposed projects have been approved, the Associate Chair
will forward the student's name, ID number, course number, and number of
credits to the Assistant to the Associate Chair so that the student can
be enrolled. After the student is enrolled, we will notify the
instructor. ENGL 468 Undergraduate Research (standard grading)
automatically fulfills DLE.
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