Santa Clara University


The Canterbury Program 

Canterbury ProgramThe modern city of Canterbury juxtaposes the medieval cathedral and its saint (the object of Chaucer’s pilgrimage) with contemporary buildings occupied by innovative high-tech corporations.

The English Department Canterbury Program honors this juxtaposition by offering English majors a bridge between traditional humanistic pursuits and twenty-first century technological achievements.

In the joyous spirit of Chaucer’s clerk in The Canterbury Tales, the program provides opportunities for innovative collaboration in teaching and learning, enabling our students to explore the creative convergence of literary classics and current technology, written communication and corporate culture.

Canterbury Travel Grants
Canterbury Scholars
Application Process
Current Fellowship Recipients
Past Fellowship Recipients

Sample 1 of 2012 Hallie McKnight Canterbury Proposal
Sample 2 of 2011 Ainsley Kelly Canterbury Proposal
Sample 3 of 2010 Lindsay Mohundro Canterbury Proposal
Sample 4 of 2009 Stephanie Wilson Canterbury Proposal
Sample 5 of 2006 Lauren Karp Canterbury Proposal
Sample 6 of 2004 Emily Lewis Canterbury Proposal

Canterbury Program

The Canterbury Program was established to

  • support undergraduate research for English majors
  • provide resources for faculty-student collaboration in Literature, Creative Writing, Composition, and Business Communication
  • encourage the study of early English authors to promote student learning in traditional and innovative methodologies
  • forge connections between undergraduate English majors and positions in business and industry.

Canterbury Travel Grants

A limited number of grants are awarded to allow English majors to:

  • visit special collections
  • travel to conferences
  • attend special sessions
  • present papers

Canterbury Scholars and students awarded travel grants will share their experience and accomplishments with other students and faculty at the on-going English Department Colloquium. Student travel to a conference or for research is generously funded by the Reverend Theodore Rynes, S.J. Canterbury Fellowship.


Canterbury Scholars

Canterbury Scholars agree to write a senior thesis on a literary topic or complete a comparable advanced project in creative writing or business writing. Up to 10 units of upper-division credit within the English major may be earned during the senior year for work leading to the completion of the fellowship project (subject to the usual approval of sponsoring faculty, the department chair, and the college). Canterbury Scholars also agree to make their projects available on Scholar Commons at the SCU library and to present their work to the department at the senior awards dinner in the Spring.

Application Process

English majors who have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 may apply for a Canterbury Fellowship.  In April, applicants must submit to the Canterbury Council a prospectus describing the project, including a short discussion of their background reading and preparation, along with a preliminary bibliography in MLA form (samples of successful proposals can be found below).  Applicants must also name at least one English department faculty member who has agreed to serve as the faculty sponsor.

The prospectus must also include a research budget that lists expenses necessary for the completion of the project. These expenses typically include travel to conferences, photocopying costs, and books. Additionally, applicants must arrange for two letters of recommendation from English department faculty, one of which must come from a faculty sponsor. The Canterbury Council will review the applications and announce the fellowship awards in May.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: project suitability - having breadth and depth significantly beyond a paper written for an existing English class; the proposal itself- significance, quality, originality, persuasiveness, focus and clarity; and the faculty recommendation letters regarding significance of the project and candidate's intellectual promise, motivation, and ability to complete the work. Deadline for 2015-16: April 17, 2015


Current Fellowship Recipients

  • Sabrina Barreto: "Watercolors: A Poetry Manuscript." Faculty Mentors: Ted Rynes and Kirk Glaser.
  • Sabine Hoskinson: "Memoir Writing." Faculty Mentors: Jill Goodman Gould and Diane Dreher.
  • Jacob Wilbers: "Between Here and There: A Collection of Stories Based on the Youth of my Mother and her Siblings." Faculty Mentors: Simone Billings and Cruz Medina

Past Fellowship Recipients


  • Marissa Minnick: "A Voice for our Nonne: Italian-American Women Writers and Reclamation of Past Identities." Faculty Mentor: Eileen Elrod.
  • Michael Savignano: "The Mythomodern Cycle in Joyce's Ulysses and Finnegans Wake." Faculty Mentor: Andrew Garavel
  • Amy Thomas: "Converesations with Hemingway." Faculty Mentors: Michelle Burnham and Claudia McIsaac.


  • Hallie McKnight: "Little Revelations." Faculty Mentor: Tim Myers.
  • Joanne Santomauro: "Education and Equality: Tracking in English Classrooms." Faculty Mentors: Jill Goodman Gould and Jeffrey Zorn.


  • Ainsley Kelly: "Wildfire: A Poetry Manuscript." Faculty Mentors: Claudia McIsaac and Kirk Glaser.
  • Tanya Schmidt: "Shakespeare and Women's Agency: Gender Justice in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale Contrasted to the Pygmalion Story in Ovid's Metamorphoses." Faculty Mentors: Diane Dreher and Judy Dunbar.


  • Hilary Titus: "In Search of Solidarity." Faculty Mentors: Simone J. Billings and Diane Dreher.


  • Lindsay Mohundro: "Incorporating Multicultural Literature into High School Curriculum to Reflect Student Diversity." Faculty Mentor: Jill Goodman Gould.
  • Stephanie Wilson: "Creating a Geography of Hope: A Literary Trail Guide for the Bay Area Ridge Trail."  Faculty Mentor: Terry Beers.


  • Austin Baumgarten: "'Temporary Suicide':  Losing My Mind Without Losing Myself: Mental Illness on Campus." Faculty Mentor:  Rebecca Black.
  • Hilary Edwards: "Dream Imagery in Fantastic Literature."  Faculty Mentor: Theodore Rynes, S.J.


  • Mary Swift: "The Classics Revisited: A Feminist Analysis and Critique of Classic Modern American Male-Authored Novels." Faculty Mentor:  Marilyn Edelstein.
  • Lauren Karp: "A Crown that Seldom Kings Enjoy: Shakespeare's Exploration of Ethical and Problematic Leadership in the Midst of Political Conflict." Faculty Mentor:  Judith Dunbar.


  • Matthew Meyerhofer: "Novelistic Prepresentations of Islam." Faculty Mentor: John Hawley.
  • Christie Genochio: "Postcolonial Pantomime and the Evolution of National Identity." Faculty Mentor: John Hawley.


  • Emily Lewis: Faculty Mentors: Bridget Cooks (Art/Art History), Marilyn Edelstein, and Eileen Razzari Elrod.
  • Neil Ferron: Faculty Mentors: Simone J. Billings and Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. (Religious Studies).
  • Paige Chant: "Theorizing the 'Heterosexual Gaze': on Popular Magazine Print Ads and Heteronormativity." Faculty Mentor: Linda Garber.


  • Jennifer Re: "The Business of Crossing the Border: Narratives Beyond the People Exchange Between El Salvador and the United States." Faculty Mentors: Simone J. Billings and Juan Velasco.
  • Olga Kuskova: "Boris Pasternak's Translation of Hamlet." Faculty Mentor: Judith Dunbar.


  • Geoffrey Rocca: "The Aesthetic Theories of Japanese Writer Yukio Mishima." Faculty Mentors: John Hawley and Maryellen Mori (Modern Languages/Japanese).
  • Adam Lowry: "Dystopias in Literature." Faculty Mentors: Theodore Rynes, S.J. and Simone J. Billings.
  • Shiaw-ling Lai: "A Comparison of Edith Wharton and Kate Chopin's Short Fiction." Faculty Mentor: Eileen Razzari Elrod.


  • Kat McGuire: "Feminist and Postcolonialist Readings of The Color Purple and The Poisonwood Bible." Faculty Mentor: Michelle Burnham.
  • Carrie Dodson: "Translation and Discussion of the Poetry of Central and South American Women Writers." Faculty Mentors: Juan Velasco and Diane Dreher.
  • Joseph Caporale:  "The Graphic Novel: Analysis of the Dark Knight and the Watchmen." Faculty Mentors: Simone J. Billings, Phyllis Brown, and Diane Dreher.


  • Jonathan Wegner: "A Study of the Contemporary American Poet John Ashbery and His Works." Faculty Mentor: Marilyn Edelstein.
  • Kara Thompson: "An Exploration of the Constructs of Power, Culture, and Gender." Faculty Mentor: John Hawley.
  • Katie Colendich: "An Exploration of American Women Writers Working in the Fields of Nonfiction and Photojournalism in the Years between World War I and World War II." Faculty Mentors: Jeanne Gunner and Simone J. Billings.


  • Gareth Lee: "The House of Fame: A Portfolio of Poems Written in Emulation of Poets from the Classical Period to the Present." Faculty Mentor: Ed Kleinschmidt Mayes.
  • James Duncan: "A Modern Retelling of Cinderella." Faculty Mentor: Ron Hansen.


  • Mike Riese: "Early American Captivity Narratives." Faculty Mentor: Michelle Burnham.
  • Shannon Nessier: "The Tie that Binds: An Examination of the Recreation of the Central Valley in the Work of Frank Norris and Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel." Faculty Mentor: Terry Beers.


  • John Peiffer: Faculty Mentor:  Phyllis Brown.
  • Megan Tracy: Faculty Mentor: Judith Dunbar.


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