English Majors Celebrate Accomplishments
English Majors Celebrate Accomplishments

Austin Selected for Phi Beta Kappa Writing Internship 

Hailey Austin was selected by the national Phi Beta Kappa honor society for a competitive writing internship. The internship begins this month and continues through May 2016. The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Creighton recommended Hailey to work with the Society’s national office in Washington, DC.

Austin, a senior with with majors in English and Spanish as well as a minor in History, hails from Bennett, Colo. She is especially interested in literary studies, namely the study of comics and graphic novels as literature. She received university grant funding to travel to Washington, D.C., to conduct research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She plans to continue her education after graduation with a master’s degree in Comic Studies so that she can eventually become an English professor. 

Phi Beta Kappa’s writing internships are for juniors and seniors majoring in the liberal arts or sciences. Interns must make a five-month commitment to the program and prepare a minimum of six publishable articles for the Society’s publication for news and alumni relations, The Key Reporter. No more than 15 students are selected from a national  pool in each round. 

Larson’s Poster Accepted to Leading Conference

English/Journalism major and Honors student Krysta Larson has had her poster, “College Readiness: Investigating the Merits of the IB Diploma Program Through the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing,” accepted to the Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). In April 2016, she will travel to the conference in Houston. The CCCC, an international conference with over 3,000 participants, is the primary conference for scholars in the field of rhetoric and writing studies. 

Krysta’s research, combining quantitative and qualitative methods, analyzed interviews with former students of the International Baccalaureate Program to understand how the program prepares students for college.  Her work was made possible by a grant from Creighton’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS).