Student Cocurricular Projects in Literature and Language

By graduation each Murphy Scholar must complete three cocurricular projects in literature and language. These may happen off-campus or on. Students may join an existing project or study-travel experience or design and propose their own. From tutoring to translation, dramaturgy to editing to literary research, creative writing to language immersion--the possibilities are legion.

Most literary and language cocurriculars that are already well established at Hendrix are preapproved for Murphy Scholar credit. For these, Murphy Scholars simply certify their participation in that cocurricular experience by submitting a Statement of Intent at the outset and a written reflection, described below, once the experience is finished. Only one Murphy Scholar credit will be given for a particular activity--for example, a Scholar cannot receive two program credits for two semesters of tutoring at the Writing Center.

For individually designed cocurricular projects, Murphy Scholars must submit a proposal to the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation. A review panel evaluates each request to ensure it meets program goals and to approve the funding, including any expenditures from that Scholar’s Study-Travel Allowance Fund.

A short reflection (3-4 pages, double-spaced) is required for all Murphy Scholar projects. These written works may be anywhere on the spectrum from straightforward and traditional to freeform and creative, but they must be polished, finished pieces, elegant in style, well-composed, and free of error. For traditional reflections, prompts are supplied on the Murphy Scholars' Moodle site.

Odyssey Credit

Many Murphy Scholar Cocurriculars also earn Odyssey credit, either automatically or through the individual proposal process. Hendrix-Murphy and the Odyssey Program coordinate closely to ensure that literary and language projects receive appropriate Odyssey credit.

Study-Travel Allowance Fund

Each Murphy Scholar is allotted $4,000 to be used for approved cocurricular experiences in literature and language. Scholars may draw on this fund to cover the student-contribution costs of such programs as Hendrix in Madrid, Hendrix in Tours, and independent off-campus research or immersion experiences.

Generally speaking, Murphy Scholars who participate in a project or trip underwritten by other campus funds must draw first from their Study-Travel Allowance Fund to cover their costs. In certain cases, when support from outside endowments or grants covers all participants in a given project, Murphy Scholars may take advantage of that support while using their Study-Travel Allowance Funds only for ancillary costs, such as a required student contribution or airfare. Foundation staff are available to help Murphy Scholars plan budgets that draw from the appropriate resources and track expenditures.

For further details, Scholars should consult the Funding Policies guide, available on the Murphy Scholars Moodle site.