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Welcome to the orgsync page for the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at UL Lafayette!

As the English Graduate Student Association President, I would like to take this time to welcome both prospective graduate students and my current colleagues.  All graduate students enrolled in UL's English program (MA and PhD) are automatically added as a member of the EGSA. 

As a student association, EGSA strives to promote strong communication between graduate students and faculty in the English department, to develop professional skills of our graduate students (including teaching, scholarship, and related professions), and to provide a platform for social interaction among the members of the English department and within the Lafayette community.

I will be working on this website throughout the year and encourage you to check back for updated resources. Since this site is currently a "work-in-progress," please feel free to contact me personally. I would be more than happy to discuss any aspect of UL's English graduate program, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the Lafayette community to ensure that you make the most out of your graduate career and educational experience.

Amanda M. Capelli

Doctoral Candidate, Department of English

President, English Graduate Student Association


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Portal Information


The UL Lafayette English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) aims to build camaraderie and opportunity between English graduate students and foster better lines of communication between the students and faculty. One of our main objectives is to help students professionalize themselves. We facilitate this by providing several workshops (C.V. writing, job market training) for students, sponsoring a graduate student symposium once a semester, and maintaining a display case in which graduate student publications are housed. We also hold more specialized meetings aimed at addressing concerns specific to the UL Lafayette English M.A. and Ph.D. requirements, like comprehensive exam workshops and pedagogical feedback sessions. Furthermore, we organize several recreational events each semester, such as softball games, pool parties, and Friday evening dinners, which we hope strengthens our community. EGSA also provides a forum through which graduate students can voice their questions and concerns to faculty about leadership and program structure in an open and accommodating environment. We anticipate that opening lines of communication will help students better understand faculty decisions and, conversely, faculty better understand and address students' concerns. The EGSA adheres to all requisite policies and procedures dictated by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Academic & Departmental

President Name

Kimberly Southwick-Thompson

President Email
On-Campus Advisor Name

Shelley Ingram

On-Campus Advisor Email