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Northeast Modern Language Association

Graduate Student Caucus

With the generous support of NeMLA, the Graduate Student Caucus is able to provide the below privileges for graduate students. Please visit our website for further information about events and opportunities.

Annual Convention Events

The Graduate Student Caucus organizes the following events and activities at NeMLA’s annual convention.

  • GSC Meet-and-Greet / Welcome Reception
  • Graduate Student Caucus Business Meeting

Details about these events, including specific descriptions and scheduling information, are published on the convention pages as they become available.

Travel Awards

The Graduate Student Caucus provides a number of travel awards to graduate students. The awards are open to any M.A. or Ph.D. student who has been accepted to present at the upcoming convention.

Evaluation is based on the quality of the student’s abstract and the relevance of the topic to the student's respective field. Interested students must email their accepted abstracts and a brief statement of the presentations' relevance to their fields to gsc@nemla.org between October 15 and December 1.

Application Deadline: December 1st

Students can expect to hear from the Graduate Caucus by mid-January.

Graduate Student Caucus Paper Prize

NeMLA awards an annual prize to the best graduate student paper presented at any of the Convention’s sections.

The submission deadline for the 2016 Graduate Student Caucus Paper Prize is January 15, 2017. Only papers presented at the 2016 convention in Hartford by a graduate student (at the time of the convention) will be considered.

A cash prize of $100 will be awarded at the 2017 convention.

Please refer to submission criteria below and send submissions to gscpaperprize@nemla.org.

Criteria for all Caucus Essay Awards

The Graduate Student Caucus prize offers a $100 cash award. Prize-winning essays will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies; all essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

Submitted essays should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words (MLS has a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included) and prepared anonymously. Unrevised paper presentations are not accepted and will be returned. The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet; DO NOT include author’s name anywhere on the paper itself. Submissions should use MLA citation style. Submissions not meeting these criteria may not be considered for an award.

 

Officers

Nominations for leadership positions within our Caucus are accepted at the annual Graduate Student Meeting/Reception. Elections are held shortly after the Convention through SurveyMonkey. Officers include the following:

President

The President oversees the caucus and is elected triennially. The President serves on the NeMLA board, and attends both fall and spring board meetings (the fall board meeting is a virtual meeting using conferencing software). Other responsibilities include chairing the Travel Grant Committee, organizing Graduate events at the yearly NeMLA convention, and assisting with the Graduate Student Paper Prize and Room/Ride Share Board. The President may also propose and chair a Graduate Student Caucus session at the yearly convention.

Vice President

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. The Vice President is also responsible for professionalization services: they organize and chair a Graduate Caucus Panel at the convention, regularly share professionalization resources through social media, assist with Travel Grants and the Graduate Student Paper Prize, organizes the CV clinic, and hold the yearly elections. 

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. The Vice President is also responsible for chairing the Paper Prize, assisting with Travel Grants, and holding the yearly elections. The Vice President will be chiefly responsible for administering the Graduate Student Caucus post-convention survey and may also propose and chair a Graduate Student Caucus session at the yearly convention.

Communications Director

This is a one-year position. The Communications Director oversees the Graduate Caucus website, the Room/Ride Share message board, and social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter, regularly posting not only pertinent convention information but also professionalization resources. The Communications Director also assists in Travel Grants evaluations and Paper Prize reviews, and may propose and chair a Graduate Student Caucus session at the convention.

Current Officers

Interim President and Graduate Caucus Board Representative

Nicole Lowman, University at Buffalo

nllowman@buffalo.edu

Vice President and Chair of the Graduate Caucus Roundtable

James Van Wyck, Fordham University

jvanwyck@fordham.edu

Communications Director

elections forthcoming