Glasscock Undergraduate Summer Scholars

The objective of this program is to expand undergraduate research in the humanities by providing an intensive summer research experience in which students will be introduced to important research questions, trained in methods of research and analysis, and guided in the development of critical thinking, independent learning, and communications skills. Students (selected by faculty directors) will enroll in a two-week intensive seminar taught by a faculty member at the beginning of the summer ten-week session. In the seminar, students will be immersed in a focused topic and develop a research question that they will then investigate under the mentorship of the faculty member for the remaining eight weeks of the summer. Students will be required to meet with each other for peer writing activities at the Glasscock Center and to attend writing workshops created especially for this program through the Writing Center throughout the eight-week period. Faculty are encouraged to meet with students every two weeks after the intensive two-week seminar to discuss progress on each phase of the project after each of the Writing Center workshops.

Find out more about their Project Proposal presentations here.

Meet our 2018-2019 Undergraduate Summer Scholars:

Danielle Gonzalez
Howdy! My name is Danielle Gonzalez and I am a Telecommunication & Media Studies Major from El Paso, Texas. I hope to graduate with a certificate in Strategic Communication and a minor in New Media (art). Since I hope to pursue a career in public relations, my research interests are focused on the relationship between religious and political rhetoric in social media. Aside from my participation as a Glasscock Undergraduate Summer Scholar, I enjoy being involved in student organizations like Freshman Leaders in Education and Human Development (FLED), KANM Student Radio, and Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Honor Society).

Lauren Gonzalez
Howdy! My name is Lauren Gonzalez, and I am currently a third year English and Sport Management double-major from Bryan, Texas. Within this research project, I hope to use my two majors to observe sports in literature in a new way and make new connections. I am interested in researching how the functions of sports have evolved over time through the lens of Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur and a few of its more modern adaptations, and compare my findings with present day sports theory.

Morgan Knobloch
Howdy! My name is Morgan Knobloch. I grew up in the small North Texas town of Archer City, and I’m starting my third year here at Texas A&M. I’m majoring in communication with a double minor in Spanish and psychology. My research focuses on women, religion, and media (blogs, specifically). In my free time, I enjoy taking road trips with my friends, cooking with my roommates, and honing my green thumb.


Ryan Randle
Howdy! My name is Ryan Randle and I am from San Antonio, Texas. I am currently a second year student here at Texas A&M double majoring in History and English and planning to minor in Classical Studies. My research interests include Medieval adaptions of Classical texts, the history of literature regarding chivalry, and the representation of female virtue or monstrosity in literature.


Sarah Trcka 
Howdy! My name is Sarah E. Trcka and I am from Wimberley, Tx. I am a fourth-year student at Texas A&M majoring in English with a minor in History. I remember as a kid sitting on the living room floor flipping through my mother’s Art History books from her college days, and like any other kid, I really just wanted to see the pretty pictures. Today I am using that same curiosity I had as a child to navigate my research here as a Glasscock Undergraduate Summer Scholar. My research is focused on how Genesis 3 is visually adapted in the Medieval Age of Europe and how those images have further influenced how The Fall is thought about and represented today.