Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Kellie Rayburn Outstanding Thesis Awards in the M.A. in English Composition program. The award is presented in memory of Kellie Rayburn (1962-2001), an alumna of the M.A. program and long-time lecturer in the English Department. This year’s winners were presented their awards at the final Graduate Committee meeting of the academic year on Wednesday afternoon and their accomplishment celebrated by the committee and their thesis readers.
2018 Rayburn Award for Outstanding Thesis: Ambar A. Perez for “Language Culture Wars: Effects of Language Policy on Language Minorities and English Learners” (Readers: Caroline Vickers and Parastou Feiz)
- Dustin L. Shepherd for “The Functionality of Reboots” (Readers: Renee Pigeon and Mary Boland)
- Erika Quiñonez for “(Un)Welcome to America: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric in Trump’s Speeches and Conservative Mainstream Media” (Readers: Parastou Feiz and Caroline Vickers)