UMF English Majors Win Research Awards

Excerpted from Inside UMF

UMF Announces Fall 2013 Wilson Undergraduate Research Scholars and Fellows

FARMINGTON, ME (December 17, 2013)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce ten Michael D. Wilson Scholars and Fellows for the fall 2013 semester. This competitive undergraduate research award partners top student researchers with expert faculty mentors to help students gain experience, insight and skills in their career interests.


The UMF Wilson Program names student awardees twice-a-year including single-semester scholars and year-long fellows. The fall 2013 awardees include two Wilson Fellows: Christa Bonney, from Rangeley and Simone Thiry, from Berkeley, Calif. The Scholars include: Lauren Breton, from Livermore Falls; John Buys, from Palmyra; Sean Cabaniss, from Vassalboro; Cidney Mayes, from Farmington; Georgia Qualey, from Sherman; Joshua Richardson, from Canton; Ruby Rockwell, from Greenville and Nathan Sylvester, from China Village.

The program provides funding to help underwrite student project expenses. It was established by Michael and Susan Angelides, of Columbia, Conn., in honor of their good friend and UMF alumnus Michael D. Wilson, class of 1976.

Fall 2013 Wilson Scholars:

Lauren Breton – Livermore Falls
A senior with a double major in English and secondary education-English, Breton is examining the impact the genre label “young adult literature” has on readers and its likelihood to be assigned in school. Her faculty sponsors are Sabine Klein, assistant professor of English, and Clarissa Thompson, associate professor of secondary English education.

John Buys – Palmyra
A senior with a double major in secondary education-English and English, Buys is exploring the phenomena of the turn-of-the-century divorce novel and gender identity contextually with archival research in cultural documents. His faculty sponsor is Sabine Klein, assistant professor of English.

Cidney Mayes – Farmington
A senior with a double major in secondary education-English and English, Mayes is combining the study of Jane Austen’s writings and the digital humanities into a curriculum for high school students and teachers. Her faculty sponsor is Misty Krueger, visiting assistant professor of English.


Digital Shakespeare

In Prof. Misty Krueger’s Shakespeare class, students completed a final “Digital Shakespeare” project as part of the class. Here are some sample projects:

Websites and Other Links:

Sketchy Shakespeare

Hello Shakespeare!

People as Food

What to Do With a B. A. in English

Daniel R. Schwarz’s Huffington Post blog post on what to do with an English major offers a number of practical suggestions (just click on the excerpt to get to the full article) and comments from his former students:

Some months ago I was giving a talk to an audience of over 100 at the midtown New York Public Library on my book Endtimes? Crisis and Turmoil at the New York Times. During the post talk question period, someone who wandered in a few minutes before and was standing on the side–and apparently knew I was an English professor–asked somewhat aggressively, “And what do your students do?” Since I knew fifteen or so of my former undergraduate students were in the audience, my response was: “Let’s ask them.” And as I went around the room, they responded: “I graduated from Harvard Law school and now work for the city of New York”; ” I am at MOMA working on foundation relations after doing an M. A. in Museum Studies at NYU”; “I work at Christie’s as a Junior specialist in European Furniture, porcelain, and decorative arts, after completing a Magister Literarum degree–accredited through the University of Glasgow– from Christie’s Education”; “I am working in hospital administration”; “I work in the financial industry”; “I am preparing to take the law boards in a few months and am working as a paralegal”; “I am an editor in a major publishing house”; “I am a professor of English at a branch of CUNY”; ‘I am in medical school in New York,” and so on.