Research & Writing Showcases


The English Department participates in Purdue’s annual Research Expo hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). OUR’s mission is to promote and expand experiential learning for students through research experiences with skilled mentors.  Studies show that students who engage in research are more likely to graduate, more likely to go on to graduate school, and have more successful careers after graduation. 

"Literatures, Languages, and Cultures" Symposium

Our “Literature, Language, and Culture” symposium (hosted in collaboration with OUR and the School of Languages and Cultures) will run from 9 AM-12 PM in STEW 214 on April 4. This symposium will feature student research in literary studies, including projects from our senior capstones. 

Flyer pg 1Format: 

Panels with 15 minute oral presentations (traditional 5-7 pg. papers); poster sessions.


Undergraduates currently (Sp ’19) or previously (Sp ’18 or Fall '18) enrolled in any 300- or 400-level English Lit class (especially the capstone courses, ENGL 411, 412, 413, or 414); completing English Honors projects or English Wilke Research Internships; or enrolled in the "Myth and Legend” courses (ENGL 217, 218, or 219).


250-300 word abstracts for paper or poster presentations One submission per student, please. 

flyer pg 2Proposals:

Instructions for preparing your proposals are available here


Proposals are due on Friday, March 1 via the OUR Conference site:  A how-to guide is available for the online submission process.

Be sure to write “LLC/[Your Presentation Title]” in the abstract field, and check the “oral presentation” box to submit a paper proposal.

Introductory Composition & Professional Writing Showcases

ICPW poster sessionThe ICaP and Professional Writing poster sessions will take place in the PMU Ballrooms on Tuesday, April 9 from 9-11:30 AM and 1-3:30 PM. These poster session presentations range from written projects such as research, marketing, and instruction documents to digital projects such as websites and videos. 


Students should submit applications by March 1, 2019.  

Note: Students who wish to be considered for the university oral presentation competition must apply by February 4, 2019.

Writer's Night

Writers' Night is an undergraduate reading event at which Purdue's creative writing students can read their work aloud to peers, graduate students, and faculty. The event is a combination of scheduled readers and an open mic, so any writers in the audience can get involved too.

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