Professional writing student Liz Crouse attended Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies

Crouse attended the 2021 Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies, which was hosted by York College of Pennsylvania

Liz Crouse, right, discusses her research project with a faculty mentor at the Naylor Workshop.

Liz Crouse ’22, a Professional Writing and Rhetoric major, attended the 2021 Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies held Sept. 24 through Sept. 26 hosted by York College of Pennsylvania.

The workshop is an opportunity for students to grow as skilled researchers. Students submit an application for consideration, outlining a proposed research project. This year, 29 students from across the U.S. were accepted to participate in the workshop.

Over the course of this weekend-long workshop, students advance their own research projects by engaging in seminars on writing research, collaborating with teams of experienced scholars and peer researchers and crafting research artifacts to support their continued work on their projects. After sharing their ideas, experiences and desire to make a difference as researchers, Naylor scholars return to their home institutions ready to complete their projects and share their findings in consequential ways.

Crouse’s research focuses on Alamance Community College’s communications to bilingual adult learners during the COVID-19 health crisis. Her faculty mentor at Elon is Assistant Professor of English Jennifer Eidum.

Attending the Naylor Workshop helps students become part of a network of undergraduates from varying institutions, who are guided by mentor faculty members. One of the real benefits of the Naylor Workshop is meeting one-on-one with faculty researchers in writing studies to discuss research questions, methods, ethics, and opportunities for sharing and applying research findings.

Jessie L. Moore, director of the Center for Engaged Learning and professor of English, served as a mentor at the 2021 Naylor Workshop. Moore was the featured plenary speaker for the inaugural 2014 workshop and has continued to participate as a mentor at each annual workshop. Moore also participated in the 2018 Naylor Symposium, which led to the 2020 publication of The Naylor Report on Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies; Moore was the lead author for the report’s chapter on mentoring undergraduate researchers.

For more information about the Naylor Workshop and to consider applying for the 2022 event, see this website. The workshop is suitable for undergraduate students of any major who are interested in developing and conducting research projects to expand knowledge and improve practices in writing studies.