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The 2017 Seventeenth Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) celebrates student scholarly achievement and creative activities. Students from all disciplines participate in the URS. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances. 

Presentations are accompanied by discussions and multimedia.


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Saturday, April 22 • 2:50pm - 3:10pm
Writing Apprehension in a College Academic Setting

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In 1975, Daly and Miller’s landmark study of student writing introduced the concept of writing apprehension to the developing field of composition studies. While the concept remains useful, the study that produced it was a preliminary attempt to categorize a vast number of experiences and problems within the current written education system. By assuming that most students tentatively approached writing for abstract reasons (such as fear of bad grades), Daly and Miller implicitly framed writing apprehension as a normal part of all students’ writing process. They thus erased the perspectives of students affected by race, class, and gender differences. Furthermore, this 40+ year-old study is due for an update. My research re-examines Daly and Miller’s study through the lens of the feminist theory of intersectionality in order to understand why writing is important during the college transition, when identity is so malleable. Based on this analysis, I propose several strategies that writing professors and students can use to reduce writing apprehension. This information is crucial for professors who wish to foster open, engaged students within the classroom, as well as cultivate a medium through which marginalized students’ voices may be heard. The fact that so many students shy away from writing because it is viewed as “not their medium” must be changed, so that young writers can make the most of their college writing experience, viewing it less as a thing of dread and more a chance to truly be heard.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:50pm - 3:10pm
John Q. Imholte Hall, Room #113 600 E 4th St., Morris MN 56267