Rice University

Department of English

Graduate Student Accomplishments

We are committed to preparing students for all aspects of professional life. The curriculum is designed to introduce students systematically to academic genres from the conference paper, to the journal article, to the grant proposal. The department also sponsors extracurricular opportunities for professional development, including workshops with visiting faculty and brown-bag seminars addressing various aspects of academic experience. Our focus on professional writing has enabled students to place articles in an impressive array of scholarly journals including American Literature, European Romantic Review, Novel, ELH, Children’s Literature Quarterly, Early American Literature, African American Review, Victorian Poetry, and Victorian Literature and Culture.

Students in the program have also been remarkably successful at obtaining internal and external fellowships to support their work. In the last two years, for example, Rice PhD students have received dissertations fellowships from the Association of American University Women, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Mellon-Council for European Studies. They have also successfully competed for prizes from, among others, the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), the Western Literature Association, and the Victorian Society of Western Canada. Many of these awards have resulted in publication in an organization’s academic journal.