for Graduate Student Members

Four endowment funds support the travel grant program of CCL. These funds honor distinguished scholars whose faithful and visionary leadership proved crucial to the formation and subsequent development of the organization:

The Roy Battenhouse Fund

The Charles Huttar Fund

The Clyde S. Kilby Fund

The Paul and June Schlueter Fund

CCL will supply one grant of up to $500 apiece for the annual regional meeting (to be distributed to as many students as the region sees fit) and up to three grants of no more than $500 apiece for the annual meetings. Applicants must be CCL members in good standing and are expected to stay for the full conference that CCL assists them to attend. Students may not receive an award more than twice. Preference is given to dissertation-level students whose research will be most enhanced by conference participation, either in reading a paper in a concurrent CCL session or in having a paper accepted for a CCL seminar.

The following materials must be received either in the pertinent CCL regional office or in the CCL president's office (depending on the meeting the student seeks assistance to attend) under single cover at least four months before the meeting in question.

• A letter, not to exceed 400 words, stating the session in which the student is enrolled and explaining how this session relates to the student's dissertation in progress
• An informational (not evaluative) letter from the student's Director of Graduate Studies or Department Chair providing date of approval of the student's dissertation topic; expected date of completion; date when all other degree requirements were completed; statement of departmental policy on travel support of graduate students' and amount of funding applicant will receive (if any) toward attendance of the meeting for which the student seeks assistance.

Awards will be announced no later than one month prior to the meeting for which the applicant seeks assistance. When applying for travel assistance to a CCL regional meeting, use the email address for the representative of your region; those addresses are available here.



The following PhD candidates received travel grants to attend regional conferences in 2011:

• Matthew Paul Carlson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, South Central: “From Buffa to Seria: Auden's Operatic Adaptation of Shakespeare's Love's Labour Lost”
• Sarah Berry, Boston College, Western: “Sacramental Transformation of the Past in Seamus Heaney’s Station Island”
• Yang Lui, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Western: “Lin Yutang’s Journey of Faith”
• Deborah Pirman, California State University, Western: “Pearl: Emphasizing the Path to God’s Grace Polytechnic through Three Literary Tactics”
• Rebecca Janzen, University of Toronto, Midwest: “Adapting Mystery: Representing the Divine in Twentieth-Century Mexican Literature”
• Michael O’Connell, Loyola University of Chicago, Midwest: “Constant ‘Bliss in Every Atom’: The Spiritual Vision of David Wallace Foster’s The Pale King”
• Adrian Koesters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Midwest: “Presence and Distance as Signs of Peace in Denise Levertov and Richard Wilbur”

The following PhD candidates received travel grants in 2010:
• Lucas Harriman, University of Miami, Southeast: "Father Anse on Mount Moriah"
• Jeffrey Bilbro, Baylor University, Western: "Wendell Berry's Good Work: Uniting Affection and Fidelity in The Memory of Old Jack"
• Abigail Rine, University of St. Andrews, Western: "Destabilizing the African-American Patriarch: Alice Walker's By the Light of My Father's Smile"

The following PhD candidates received travel grants in 2009:
• Daniel Train, Baylor University, South-Central: “Writing and Reading Anagogically: The Quest for Vision in Flannery O’Conner’s The Violent Bear It Away”
• Deanna Smid, McMaster University, Midwest: “Death in the City: Urban Plague in Nashe's The Unfortunate Traveller”
• Katzuya Izumi, State Univ. of New York, Midwest: “A City Upon the Pequod: Melville's Self-Effacement
• Kyoko Yuasa, Hokkaido University, Midwest: “That Hideous Strength: The Postmodern Exodus from the Babelic City to Avalon Regained;” Southwest: “The Postmodern Concept of Writing in Till We Have Faces”
• Alex Shakespeare, Boston College, MLA: “ʻIn Strange Christian Hope': Faith and Doubt in the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill”