Various English and DHLC students have recently been awarded several honors and awards for their contributions throughout the school year.
Ritu Narayan (Major: English & Secondary Ed, Minors: Spanish, TESOL)—a senior who's a lead member for the DHLC lab's work on the Austen fMRI study, a new experiment on the neuroscience of poetry reading for the global collaboration with NYU, and just finished writing her senior honors thesis on representations of autism spectrum in fiction and memoir — was just awarded a competitive Cole Excellence Award from the Honors College.
Karah Smith (English & Psychology)—a junior with her primary major in English, a lead member of Sigma Tau Delta, and a new lead undergrad at the DHLC lab both for poetry study & an emerging experiment on narrative responses to music w/ U. Arkansas — was awarded one of the competitive Honors College Alumni Association Scholarships for next year. In addition, Ms. Smith has also been nominated for Phi Beta Kappa.
Lauren Straley (English major), a senior in English, president of Sigma Tau Delta, and a long-standing lead in the DHLC, working on all three (Austen study, the poetry study, and the new experiment on narrative responses to music)— was just recognized by the MSU Board of Trustees for being one of the top 50 students across the university graduating with the highest G.P.A.: a 4.0.
Katie Grimes (Professional Writing Major, with minors in Religious Studies & Digital Humanities), a senior at MSU, and a PA or RA for the last 4 years at the DHLC in English, was just awarded the Professional Writing Senior of the Year award.