Opportunities and Resources

Students in the MA English program can participate in a range of experiences outside of their coursework. This includes professionalization and career development opportunities. Below you can find information about our annual events, prizes, and other resources designed to support the achievements of MA students in the QC community.

Nancy Comley Prize

Named for a long-standing, former Chair of the English Department, the Nancy Comley Prize was established in 2012 to honor the best essay written by a graduate student matriculated in the MA, MS Ed, or MAT programs. The prize is sponsored by the English Department Alumni Fund. Submission guidelines are distributed in March of each year. The prize winner(s) are honored in a department ceremony in May.

Nancy Comley Prize Winners

2022 – Arianna Frisina, “Oliphant’s The Library Window as an Exploration of Victorian Theories of Consciousness, Imagination, and Phantasmagoria”

2021 – Rani Srinivasan, “Emerging from the ‘Impregnable Cocoon’: Liminality in The God of Small Things and Postcolonial India”

2020 – Farrah Goff, “Sincerely, Olivia Fairfield: Ideas of Power and Autonomy in the Letters of The Woman of Colour”

2019 – Meaghan Dodson, “The Laughter of the Mohicans: A New Linguistic Analysis”

2018 – Tenisha McDonald, “A Black Narrative Voice: Genre, Authorship, and Authenticity in The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Narrative

2018 – Amanda Torres, “‘I put it down on paper and then the ghost does not ache so much’: The House on Mango Street as a Woman of Color Feminist Response to Intersectional Trauma”

2017 – Beth Sherman, “‘So Uncommon a Society’: A Utopian Model of Friendship in Millenium Hall”

2016 – Frankie Romano, “The Matter of the Text: Queerness, Identity, and Proximity in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home”

2015 – Elaine Housseas, “’What are you blind?… No You Are’: Blindness as Queer Vision in Carla Trujillo’s What Night Brings”

2014 – Steven Hopkinson, “The Genre App”

2014 – Michael Orbach, “Sex, Bravado and Biblical Criticism: Moloch’s Role in Paradise Lost”

2013 – Rayshma Arjune, “The Gypsy in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights: Heathcliff and the Racial Overtones of the Romany People”

2012 – Lauren Jahoda, “(Un)happy Mediums: Spiegelman’s Maus I & II and the Holocaust Photograph”

English Graduate Conference Best Presentation Prize Winners

The MA Conference Committee chooses a Best Presentation Prize winner among the presentations delivered at our annual QC English Graduate Conference, which gives Master’s students an opportunity to share their work and participate in a vital aspect of academic life. 

2022 – Victoria Morris, “Reading Klara and the Sun through the Lens of Structural Violence in Our Society” 

2021 –  No award given. 

2020 – No award given.

2019 – Alicia Farouk, “Esther Greenwood’s Pursuit of the ‘Womb-Tomb’ in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

2018 –  Amanda Torres, “When Love Is Not Enough: Queer Utopian Coalition in Response to the Pulse Shooting” [an expanded and revised version of this paper was published on Post45 Contemporaries]

2017 – Emily Jennings, To be almost seemed to be worse than being not at all”: The Collective Memory and Revision in Patricia Park’s Re Jane.

2016 – Frankie Romano, “The Matter of the Text: Queerness, Identity, and Proximity in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home” 

2015 – Steven Herran,  “Rehashed: Structural Orientalism in Craig Thompson’s Habibi

Annual Conference

Launched in 2014, our annual QC English Graduate Conference gives master's students an opportunity to share their work and participate in a vital aspect of academic life. The conference is organized and planned by current English MA students.

2023 Conference

Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2023 MA conference theme and call for papers.

Past Conferences

2022/ Catastrophe and Community”
poster for 2021 QC English grad conference on revision

2021 / The Makeover: Revision, Transformation, Experimentation

poster for 2019 English Grad Conference on The Pursuit of Pleasure

2019 / The Pursuit of Pleasure: Literature, Beauty, Repose
poster for 2018 English Grad Conference on Shattering Silences

2018 / Shattering Silences: Challenging Traditions, Inventing Worlds

2017 / Difficult Texts: Literature in a Time of Crisis

2016 / Talking Trash: The Counterpolitics of Abjection

2015 / Other/wise: Contesting Knowledges, Inventing Cultures

2014 / Begin Again: Renewal, Repetition, Reflection
Teaching Opportunities
A very limited number of one-course adjunct and graduate assistant teaching positions, primarily in freshman composition (ENGL 110 and 130), may be available for applicants who have completed and performed well in at least a semester’s worth of MA classes. Email MAEnglish@qc.cuny.edu if you would like to be considered for such positions when they become available.
Career Resources

The Center for Career Engagement and Internships maintains many career development resources for undergraduate and graduate students at Queens College, including:

Tips for Applying to PhD Programs
Under construction.  Those planning to apply to doctoral programs in English should reach out to the directors of graduate studies as well as to other professors for resources on navigating the application process.