Undergraduate Research: Student Publications and Conference Presentations
Students in the Professional Writing program and courses at Penn State Berks have numerous opportunities to engage in undergraduate research: genuine scholarly research and creative endeavors. Moreover, students in English 250: Peer Tutoring in Writing, present their research annually at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, and some have published their research articles in Writing Lab Newsletter and The Dangling Modifier. Many other students have presented their work at professional conferences and have published in scholarly articles, and others have published work in creative writing venues.
DeLeon, Angina M. “Speaking as and for the 'Other': A Different Perspective on its Problems.” Panel speaker at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. April, 2011.
Williams, Alyssa. Panel speaker at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. April, 2011.
Carroll, Whitney, and Alexandria Yeager. “African American and Hispanic Life Histories of Berks County.” Poster presentation at the Undergraduate Exhibition at Penn State University. April 2009.
Yeager, Alexandria. “The Filtering of African American and Hispanic Oral Histories.” Poster Presentation at the Annual NCHC Conference (National Collegiate Honors Council). Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2009.
Ganster, Savannah. “A Place for Originality within Intertextuality: The Texts and Intertexts of Dorothy Gale and the Wizard of Oz.” The Oswald Review: An International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Criticism in the Discipline of English X (2008): 83-99.
Ganster, Savannah. “A Place for Originality within Intertextuality: The Texts and Intertexts of Dorothy Gale and the Wizard of Oz.” National Conference on Undergraduate Research. April, 2008.
Tremblay, Jason. “Rifts in Time and Street Cred via Skullduggery: A Study in (Non)traditional Peer Tutoring.” Tutor’s Column. Writing Lab Newsletter 32.8 (2008): 14-15.
Bollinger, Sarah, and Stephen Sims. "Building Trust by Being Present.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. State College, PA. October 21, 2007.
Bollinger, Sarah, Nicole Byrne, Emily Edelstein, Ryan Holcombe, Kara Lamb, Kaitlyn Lamm, David Laudenslager, Michael Lewis, Jessica Rose, Stephen Sims, Jason Tremblay, and Robert Wright. The continuing adventures of King WF. Poster session presented at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association, St. Davids, PA. March 2007.
Bollinger, Sarah, Katie Lamm, and Michael Lewis. “Superheroes to the Rescue: Vanquishing the Editor.” Poster presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association. St. Davids, PA. March, 2007.
Feinstein, Sandy, and Laura Hirneisen. “Reconsidering the Creative Writing Classroom: Adapting (to) the Past.” Presented by Sandy Feinstein at The Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, March, 2007.
Hirneisen, Laura. “Furkins Loves Nuts.” 400 Words. http://www.400words.com/2007/03/25/furkins-loves-nuts/.
Hirneisen, Laura. “Meteorology.” Blueline (forthcoming, Spring 2007)
Hirneisen, Laura. “Moss on Roof.” Pisgah Review (forthcoming, Summer 2007)
Hirneisen, Laura. “To understand genealogy” and “Stone.” 2River View 11.3 (Spring 2007). (http://www.2river.org/2RView/11_3/poems/hirneisen.html)
Hirneisen, Laura. “What I Like About My UPS Man.” Monkeybicycle. (forthcoming)
Tremblay, Jason. “Rifts in Time and Street Cred via Skullduggery: A Study in (Non)Traditional Peer Tutoring.” Writing Lab Newsletter (forthcoming)
Watts, Mary Ann, with Christopher Zincowicz and others. “African American Occupations in the 1900s.” Historical Review of Berks County 72.2 (2007 ): 75-79.
Watts, Mary Ann. “Roy Bubbenmoyer, Bernville Treasure.” Historical Review of Berks County 72.3 (2007). (forthcoming).
Apsokardu, Matthew, “Freedom Fought for and Denied: Slaves and free African Americans in Berks County in the 18th Century”; Jessica Didow, “African American Art and Artists in the 20th century”; and Greg King, “African American Education in Berks County in the 18th Century.” Documenting Berks County’s African Americans, presented at the Annual Pennsylvania African American History Conference, Harrisburg, PA, May 2006.
Bisaccia, Chris. Staff of Raimon: A Wizard's Ambition. Baltimore: Publish America, 2006.
Ellis, Jonathan. “Extending Emily Groves: Features of AIM in Relation to the Voyeur and the Narcissist.” Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric 4 (2006).
Krause, Nicole. “Picking Up Where Groves Left Off: Response to Emily Groves.” Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric 4 (2006).
Watts, Mary Ann. “Bessie Reese Crenshaw: First Black Graduate of Kutztown University. Historical Review of Berks County 71.2 (2006): 79-83.
Brenner, Jessica, Madonna Delfish, Misty Doane, Susan Huber, Greg King, Karen Kraemer, Nicky Krause, Mark Morton, Amy Rayner, Nicole Stettler, and Jacquelyn Wheeler. “The Tutor's Body: Visibility, Authority, and Representation.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Minneapolis, MN. October 19-23, 2005.
Didow, Jessica. Spring 2005. “But What is the Truth in Creative Nonfiction?” Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric 3 (2005).
Doane, Misty. “Shaping Racial Consciousness: Mark Twain’s Life in Elmira, NY.” Penn State 2005 Achievement Conference Research Exhibition. University Park, PA. Feb. 2005.
Hirneisen, Laura. “Making the ‘Extra’ Effort.” Tutors’ Column. Writing Lab Newsletter 30.3 (2005): 9-10.
Lawfer, Laura. “Writing Fellows: An Innovative Approach to Tutoring.” Tutors’ Column. Writing Lab Newsletter 29.9 (2005): 12-13; 10.
Ramsey, E. Michele, and Gladys Santiago. “Queering Capitalism: (Re)presenting Male Homosexuality in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” 2005 Eastern Communication Association Convention, April 27-May 1, 2005, Pittsburgh, PA. (Also selected as the top paper in the Mass Communication Interest Group).
Shaparenko, Bithyah. “Focus on Focus: How to Facilitate Discussion in a Peer Group.” Tutors’ Column. Writing Lab Newsletter 29.8 (2005): 11-12.
Altiero, Taia, Dolores Hooper, and Andrew Kleiner. “The Writing Center as Research Site.” Presented at the 21st Annual National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Hackettstown, NJ. Oct. 30-31, 2004.
Apsokardu, Matthew, Briana Bianco, Karina Borjag-Freitag, Misty Doane, Corey Klett, and Wyn Shive. “What Experienced Tutors Taught Us: Learning from Tutors After They Have Gone.” Presented at the 21st Annual National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Hackettstown, NJ. Oct. 30-31, 2004.
Didow, Jessie, Laura W. Hirneisen, Peter J. Lampasona, Steven S. Neuschulz, Stephen Pizzi, and Emily A. Sparks. “Walking the Tightrope: The ‘Precarious Balance’ in Writing Group Tutoring.” Presented at the 21st Annual National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Hackettstown, NJ. Oct. 30-31, 2004.
Doane, Misty. “Mark Twain and Elmira.” Presented at the Penn State Abington Texts, Media, & Cultural Literacy in the 21st Century: Undergraduate English Conference, March 27, 2004.
Lawfer, Laura, Laurie Grobman, and Candace Spigelman. “‘Think Again and Deeper, and Then Write It’: Using Writing Fellows in English 4 (Basic Writing) to Promote Higher Order Thinking.” Teaching and Learning Consortium. Penn State Harrisburg. April 17, 2004.
Ramsey, E. Michele, and Gladys Santiago. “The Conflation of Male Homosexuality and Femininity in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Feminist Media Studies 4.3 (2004).
Ackerman, David, Candace Spigelman, Laura Gamble, SaraLouise Howell, Natalie Kakareka, Nicholas Moyer, and Ray Rishty. “Navigating New Waters: Writing (Back) on the Rocky Seas of Classroom-Based Writing Tutoring.” Presented at the 20th Annual National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Hershey, PA. Oct. 35-25, 2003.
Altiero, Taia, Kathryn Brauchle, Mary Domsicz, Bryan J. Drunin, Dolores Hooper, Andrew Kleiner, Joesph Makari, Jamie Razar, and Brad Wlazelek. “Writing Fellows, Peer Group Members and Teachers: Many Voices, One Program.” Presented at the 20th Annual National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Hershey, PA. Oct. 35-25, 2003.
Spigelman, Candace, Nancy Ditunnariello, Josalyn Gebhardt, Charles Howells, Laura Lawfer, and Bithyah Shaparenko. “Where the Action Is: Peer Tutors as Writing Group Members.” Presented at the 20th Annual National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Hershey, PA. Oct. 35-25, 2003.
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