Undergraduate Research

Marquette English majors have multiple opportunities to get involved in meaningful disciplinary research with faculty mentors through Honors in the Humanities, the Ott Memorial Writing Center, and advanced coursework in English Studies. Their research has allowed them to explore digital humanities, writing communities, and the Special Collections of Raynor Memorial Libraries, including Marquette’s renowned, world-class archive of J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts.

Undergraduate research by Marquette English majors has been funded through grants from the University Honors Program as well as the Mellon Foundation and other sources. Our majors have won awards for their research, including a 2017 award from the International Writing Centers Association.

Marquette English majors have presented their research at local, regional, and national conferences, including the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the annual conference of the International Writing Centers Association, and, closer to home, the Marquette Humanities Conference. They have also presented original scholarly as well as creative work at the national conference of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society.

Published research on which English Department faculty and students collaborated includes ”Why Inquiry Matters: An Argument and Model for Inquiry-Based Writing Courses,” by Beth Godbee, Katherine Ellington, and Megan Knowles (Wisconsin English Journal 58.2 [(Fall 2016]: 7-21) and “Stretching Beyond the Semester: Undergraduate Research, Ethnography of the University, and Proposals for Local Change,” by Beth Godbee, Jessie Bazan, Megan Glise, Ariel Gonzalez, Katelyn Quigley, and Brittany White (Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring 3.2 [June 2015]: 1-15). For a sampling of research undertaken in advanced English courses, visit “English Student Research” on e-Publications@Marquette.