English and Journalism

English Graduate Organization

Our regular meeting time for the Fall semester is 4:00 p.m. on Monday in the Simpkins Writing Center.

 

Welcome

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) represents all English and Journalism graduate students, providing a space for dialogue among graduate students and the graduate and writing committees, advocating for graduate curriculum in the English Department, networking with other English graduate organizations nationally and regionally, furthering the work and interests of graduate students in this organization by providing assistance in areas of academic and professional development, and critiquing ideas important to the discipline of English.

what we do

The English Graduate Organization is, as the name indicates, an organization whose focus is on English graduate students. The organization meets once a week throughout the school year to plan and discuss upcoming events, allow students an opportunity to share thesis work with peers and faculty, and cater to other needs of the English graduate students. The EGO Conference is a graduate conference the English Graduate Organization plans and funds every fall semester during which students have the opportunity to present papers they have been working on and gain experience in the conference setting. Students are highly encouraged to take part in the conference.

why get involved?

All English graduate students should get involved with EGO in some capacity; if not from a sense of institutional or communal pride, then because EGO offers graduate students the opportunity to build their Curriculum Vitae.  Especially during the fall semester, EGO has many non-officerial positions, which can all be listed under the "Service" heading of your CV, for incoming members to claim: we need folks to communicate with other departments across the university, to publicize the events on and off campus, to handle the catering of refreshments for the conference, and to coordinate with facilities across the university for a space to hold the keynote address.  And, fall-semester members will very likely be elected officers for the upcoming academic year.  Members of EGO also typically have more intimate relationships with faculty--which can open the proverbial door for other, perhaps more prestigious opportunities!--than do non-members, and are also better acquainted with second-year graduate students.  I've said my piece, now please join EGO!

Contact Us

If you have any ideas for improving the website or if you would like to become involved with EGO, we are looking for volunteers to help with next year's conference, please contact us at ego@wiu.edu .  Please find us, and "like" us, on Facebook at English Graduate Organization.