EGO - English Graduate Organization

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) is a professional, social, and organizing body in the English department facilitated by and for graduate students. The organization works to keep English graduate students informed about matters related to graduate life and coordinates a number of activities to foster a collaborative, collegial, and intellectually engaging atmosphere within the department.

Should you have questions about EGO or graduate studies in English at Duquesne, we welcome you to contact either of the co-presidents: their contact information is below. You can also find us on Twitter @DuqEGO.


English graduate students are active at regional, national, and international conferences. In addition to helping graduate students find, apply to, and gain funding for conferences, EGO members also organize their own biennial conference and volunteer at international conferences hosted in Pittsburgh.

Past EGO graduate conferences and symposia include "Access: (Re)defining Mobility and Disability" (Spring 2015), "(anti)Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Conference" (Spring 2013), "Echoes: Across Disciplines, Texts, and Times" (Spring 2011), "[un]disciplined: Examining Contemporary Models for Interdisciplinary Studies," and "Other Voices, Other's Words: The Indeterminacy of Allusion." Planning for our 2017 conference is underway.

Members of EGO also helped to organize "Lifting Belly High: A Conference on Women's Poetry Since 1900," hosted by the English Department in Fall 2008. EGO members volunteered at the 2014 Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference in downtown Pittsburgh and look forward to the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and Novel Studies conferences in Spring 2016.


EGO coordinates the department's Colloquia Series, a monthly event which provides an opportunity for graduate students and faculty to present their work to the English Department and gain feedback, often before presenting at a conference or while revising for publication. For information about our recent and upcoming Colloquia, please see the department's News and Events page.

Workshops, Mentorship, and Social Activities

EGO sponsors events throughout the semester to help students through the challenges of graduate school, the academic and non/alt-ac job markets, and beyond. Events change every semester based on the needs of the current graduate student body and often feature advice from graduate peers, faculty, and alumni. Recent events include a workshop on academic networking and a Saturday writing retreat. EGO meetings also feature speakers from outside of our department to foster well-being in our graduate student population.

To help new students transition into life at Duquesne and/or in Pittsburgh, EGO pairs interested incoming students with graduate student mentors. These mentors are all current students in the department, and they have volunteered to act as go-tos who can field any questions and concerns. Mentors and mentees typically meet a few times over the course of the semester.

EGO also makes arrangements for department social events throughout the semester that are attended by full-time faculty, adjunct instructors, graduate students, and their friends and families.


English Graduate Organization 2021-2022 Officers


Adam Ahlgrim ahlgrima

Co-Vice President

Diana Forry


Kiah Lynch


Jillian Bennion
Jill Moliterno                                                                                                                                                    

Public Relations

Bethany Kaser

Graduate Studies Committee Representatives

Josh Wood

EGO Conference Director

Courtney Mullis