Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research & Creative Activity

Ancient Greek Opens Door to Research in Philosophy

After finishing a two-year cycle of Ancient Greek, Philosophy majors Hayden Niehus and Brianna Zgurich applied for and received Hooper Undergraduate Research Awards (HURA) for a 2017 collaborative project co-authoring a commentary on the grammar and vocabulary of Plato’s Philebus with Dr. George Rudebusch. Their book, which will be free on-line as well as available for paperback purchase, will broaden the engagement of philosophers with the Greek text of the Philebus by giving them appropriate philological resources, namely an account of the grammar and vocabulary of each sentence of the text. 

English MA Literature Graduate Students Publish Articles in Numerous Peer-Reviewed Journals and Essay Collections

Sarah Eddings has published “The Use of the Vertical Plane to Indicate Holiness in C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy” in Mythlore (2016). Kathryn Schmitz has published “The Transformation from Law to Spirit in ‘The Princess and the Goblin’” in North Wind: A Journal of MacDonald Studies (2015-16). Cassandra Galentine has published “Colonized or Self-Colonizer: A Generational Journey Through Independence in E.M. Forster’s ‘A Passage to India’ and Arundhati Roy’s ‘The God of Small Things’” in Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities (2016); her essay, “Mollusca Misunderstood: Colonialist Marine Analogies in Graham Greene's THE QUIET AMERICAN” appeared in March 2016 issue of The Explicator, along with one by  Kelly-Rae Meyer (“Cathy's ‘Masculinity’ as Survival in Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN”). Lauren McKean published an article in the May 2016 issue of The Explicator, “The Ethical Treatment of Rosamond and Dorothea in George Eliot's MIDDLEMARCH,” as did Courtney Musselman (“Autobiographical Representations: Family in Djuna Barnes's NIGHTWOOD”) and Alexandra Nygren (“Disabled and Colonized: Bertha Mason in JANE EYRE”).  Scott Shumaker’s essay, “Renovating Conventions: Women and Language in Wharton's ‘Decoration of Houses’ and ‘Autres Temps’,” is forthcoming in the essay collection Liberating Herself: Feminism Throughout Centuries (2017).

2010 - 2015



  • Costume students from the Theatre Department participated in the 2014 Green is the New Black Eco Fashion Show at NAU in April. All outfits were judged based on creativity, craftsmanship, environmental consciousness, and presentation. Participants included Costume Design Student, Taylor Lumpkin, Performance Student Caitlin Shepherd, Costume Design Student Annie Ballesteros, Theatre Minor Amber Malinski, Costume Design Student Rachel Johnson, Performance Student Will Davies. Check out the photos in our gallery below.



  • Applied Linguistics PhD student Asif Qureshi has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Grant from the International Research Foundation for English Language Education.
  • NAU Sophomore English Major and Psychology Minor, Marisa Incremona, is the first English major to be accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), taking place April 2-5, 2014.  Incremona was chosen from more than 4,000 submissions to present her work: "Interdisciplinary Writing Survey: Using Intrinsic Motivation to Improve Student Writing."
  • NAU was well represented at the recent American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) conferences held in Portland, Oregon during March 2014.  PhD students Adnan Ajsic, Dan Brown, Euijung Cheong, Jesse Egbert, Geoff LaFlair, Meghan Moran, Asif Qureshi, Shelley Staples, Deirdre Derrick, Maria Nelly Gutierrez and Seonmin Park presented papers or posters at AAAL. PhD students Anna Gates Tapia, Qjandi Liu, Asif Qureshi, Shelley Staples, Heidi Wrights, Deirdre Derrick, Euijung Cheong, Romy Ghanem and Soenim Park presented papers, posters or workshops at TESOL. Masters TESOL students Braedon C., Kristen Hughes, Katie Morris, Matteo Musumeci, Makoto Negishi, Jesse Sadoff, Alan Orr and Jena Lynch also participated in the MA Graduate Forum of the Electronic Village.  


  • The Public History class unveiled its semester-long project “Louie's Legacy: The North Quad QR Code Project” on May 5 on the steps of Old Main to a crowd of about 40 participants.  This project utilizes QR codes placed on more than 20 buildings and objects in the North Campus historic district near Old Main.  Users with a smart phone or tablet can download a free QR code scanner and then instantly access digital histories of each building, historic photographs, digitized oral histories, and films about NAU's past.  Thanks to Master's students Kevin Bertram, Skyler Coombs, Gerald Lamb, Amelia Swann, and Christian Wright for their hard work.  Thanks especially to Digital Archivist Todd Welch who worked tirelessly with the class until everything was perfect.

Global Languages & Cultures

  • Michelle Wong, a senior at Northern Arizona University, was one of 10 college students nationwide selected to serve as a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ National Leadership Council for the 2010-11 academic year. The society awarded the council positions to students who display leadership qualities both at their local society chapter and in their on-campus activities. Wong is double-majoring in Spanish and biology with an emphasis in pre-health, and minoring in chemistry. She plans to attend medical school after college. She added Spanish as a major last year to become better able to communicate and help others in third-world, Spanish-speaking countries. As a member of the National Leadership Council, Wong will serve as a sounding board for the society’s staff, attend a local induction convocation and identify members’ needs on the NAU campus.


  • Art education student Chelsea Tinklenberg has been chosen to receive the Higher Education Pre-service Achievement Award from the National Art Education Association. The award is given to only one student each year, and will be presented during the 2015 NAEA National Convention in New Orleans in March 2015. 
  • The Arizona Art Education Association has honored one current student with an award for outstanding achievement in the teaching of art. Chelsea Tinklenberg (senior) received an award for Outstanding Higher Education Student of Achievement. Chelsea is currently completing the art education capstone at Sinagua Middle School, Flagstaff.
  • Congratulations to Erin Gooch, senior in the School of Art, for being honored as the 2013 Higher Education Student of Achievement by the Arizona Art Education Association. A double major in art education and ceramics, Erin is an accomplished ceramist and an exceptional pre-service art educator.
  • When I Grow Up…I Want to Be a Marine Life Researcher: Artwork by Alicia Pe, sophomore art education major, has been selected for an honorable mention in the fourth annual “SchoolArts” Artist Trading Card Contest. Artist trading cards are small, original artworks that are intended to be shared with other artists. More than 3,000 entries were submitted for the annual contest. Pe’s drawing of a colorful fish was on display at the National Art Education Association conference in Baltimore in April 2010.
  • “Three-D Animals,” an article by Mairen Jeffers, art education major, is published in the March issue of “SchoolArts” magazine. The issue deals with the theme of the natural world. Mairen developed and taught the early childhood lesson in the fall Children’s Art Program at Northern Arizona University.
  • Emily Winthrop, a senior and student teacher in the Art Education program, was published in the August/September 2010 issue of “SchoolArts.” Her article is an early childhood lesson about castles, knights, and dragons.

Interior Design

  • Mikayla Cutlipan interior design student, has won a Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) for her project "Living in the City: Intimate and Public Space in Applying Aesthetically Sustainable Practices to Existing Environments." The project uses Christopher Alexander's design ideals to argue that aesthetics are essential to the practice of sustainability and therefore the continuation of human existence.