In This Issue

  1. New Scholarship Application Dates
  2. Project Grant and Award Application Due Dates
  3. 2016 International Convention
  4. Opportunity to Advertise Your English Programs
  5. 2016 Common Reader Award Opportunities
  6. Fall Regional Events
  7. COMING SOON: EnglishMatters

Upcoming Dates

Sept. 7: Fall Scholarship applications open

Sept. 15: Midwestern Region Blog Contest deadline

Sept. 18: Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Conference submissions due

Sept. 28: Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, Call for Papers/Roundtable Proposals submissions open

Oct. 1: Project Grant applications due

Oct. 1: Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Region Conference submissions due

Oct. 1: Sigma Tau Delta Far Western Region Conference submissions due

Oct. 2-3: Sigma Tau Delta Southern Region Conference

Oct. 4: Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Region Conference at Central Michigan University submissions due

Oct. 23-24: Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Conference

Oct. 24: Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Region Conference at Central Michigan University

Oct. 26: Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, Paper/Roundtable Proposals submissions due

Nov. 7: Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Region Conference

Nov. 9: Outstanding Chapter Award applications due

Nov. 9: Outstanding Literary Arts Journal Award applications due

Nov. 9:  Student Leadership Award applications due

Nov. 9:  Delta Award applications due

Nov. 9: Elaine W. Hughes Outstanding Sponsor Award applications due

Nov. 9: Alumni Literary Grant applications due

Nov. 9: Sigma Tau Delta Study Abroad Scholarship applications due

Nov. 9: Sigma Tau Delta Summer Program Scholarship applications due

Nov. 13-14: Sigma Tau Delta Far Western Region Conference

Welcome Back Reactivated Chapters

University of Mary Washington
Alpha Epsilon Chapter
Fredericksburg, VA

Recent Blogs

Study Abroad and Diversify Your College Experience

Coming to Terms with Calling Yourself a Writer

More Than Words

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New Scholarship Application Dates

Summer Program and Study Abroad Scholarship (fall round) applications will be accepted September 7 - November 9, 2015.

All other scholarship applications will be accepted February 1 - March 21, 2016.

Interested in a scholarship but want to include your activities from this academic year in the application? Want time to research the best programs? Not yet quite sure what you will be doing in Fall 2016? In an effort to make scholarships work better for you, we are changing numerous deadlines from fall to spring. We also will offer a workshop at the 2016 Convention in Minneapolis on applying for scholarships. The submission process will be easier than ever with our new application platform. In short, there has never been a better time to consider applying for over $100,000 in scholarships and awards!

The Summer Program Scholarship provides up to $1,000 for the purposes of attending a special summer program, either in the U.S. or abroad, which furthers the applicant’s engagement with Sigma Tau Delta's mission. Qualifying summer programs must be at least three weeks in length and no longer than three months. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service and must explain the relevance of their summer program to fostering their engagement in the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, or literacy.

The Study Abroad Scholarship provides up to $3,000 for the purposes of studying for an academic term or year in a certified, undergraduate program outside the country in which the nominating chapter is located. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service; they also must explain the relevance of their study abroad program and activities to fostering the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, or literacy.

Project Grant and Award Application Due Dates

Project Grants
Application Deadline: October 1
Chapters may apply for Project Grants of up to $500.

Individual and Chapter Awards
Application Deadline: November 9

Individual Awards are offered for leadership. Chapter Awards include: outstanding chapters, Sponsors, and literary arts journals.

2016 International Convention

Plan now to join 1,100 Sigma Tau Deltans at our 2016 International Convention, March 2-5 in Minneapolis, MN. Over $10,000 will be awarded for student works presented at the convention.

View the convention website for the call for papers and other convention information. Featured speakers for the 2016 Convention include Charles Baxter and Kao Kalia Yang.

Please note the following important dates:
Sept. 28: Convention submissions open
Oct. 26: Convention submissions close
Nov. 17: List of accepted roundtables posted
Dec. 17: List of accepted papers posted
Jan. 4: Early registration opens

Opportunity to Advertise Your English Programs

Sigma Tau Delta’s annual international convention offers a rare opportunity for academic institutions and professional organizations to promote undergraduate and graduate programs to 1,100 upper-level English honors students from across the U.S. and abroad. A limited number of 2016 Convention program ads are being offered. And, in addition to your ad in the printed program, your school or organization will be listed as a convention sponsor, with your logo and program and/or service description featured on the englishconvention.org website, where thousands of viewers have access to your information. Ads will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis through December 1, 2015, or until all advertising space is gone.

View: Convention Advertising Options and Submission Details

2016 Common Reader Award Opportunities

The Common Reader selected for the 2015-2016 academic year is Charles Baxter's The Soul Thiefimg. The first step to participate in the Common Reader project is to read the book. It is available at most libraries and major bookstores, including our partner Better World Books. Next, begin exploring these opportunities: 

Fall Regional Events

Participating in regional events is a great way to connect with other members of Sigma Tau Delta, make new professional contacts, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable experience presenting papers. View upcoming events in the Midwestern, High Plains, Far Western, and Southern regions on the Regional Events page. Check back often for new developments.

COMING SOON: EnglishMatters

EnglishMatters, powered by VineUp, is being developed exclusively for the entire Sigma Tau Delta community as an online platform for sharing discussions, events, and activities at the Society and chapter levels. EnglishMatters also will serve as a key career development site focused on facilitating mentoring and networking opportunities among current and alumni members. The site is in its final weeks of testing and is scheduled to launch in October.