Amanda Schoen will be presenting her research, "Savage and Strange: The Literary Landscapes of Castaway Novels."
Before attending the University of Hartford, Schoen pursued an equestrian career, but now she has set her sights on graduate study in English, and she has prepared herself well during her time in the College of Arts and Sciences. She was one of five Connecticut Poetry Circuit Student Poets for 2013, participating in a statewide reading tour with peers from schools such as Yale, Wesleyan, and Trinity. Indeed, she has already begun publishing her creative work, with poems recently appearing in Connecticut Review, Glass, and The Dialogist.
Schoen worked as a preceptor during fall 2013 in a First Year Seminar entitled Castaways and Survivors taught by Mark Blackwell, professor of English. Schoen helped lead discussions, coached students on their writing, and introduced them to the academic rigors of college life. She also completed an independent research project related to the readings in that course, a project which serves as the basis of her upcoming presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Lexington, Kentucky, in April.
Schoen graduated summa cum laude in January 2014 with a bachelor of arts in English, a concentration in creative writing, and a perfect 4.0 GPA. She completed the Honors Program at the University, writing her honors seminar paper in a course entitled, Illness Stories, taught by Monica Hardesty, professor of sociology.