These programs are designed to support scholarship activities for Augsburg faculty, staff, and students. They include the Speaking of Scholarship Series, the Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat, Scholarly Writing Circles, Faculty Summer Scholarship Grants, Professional Travel Grants, and the Scholarship Showcase.

Other campus activities that support scholarship include Zyzzogeton and Undergraduate Student Summer Research Grants. URGO and McNair Scholars are major partners in many of these activities, and lead the efforts to support undergraduate research.

Speaking of Scholarship Series

If you have scholarly work you would like to share, please contact CTL Fellows Ankita Deka or Mike Wentzel. If you plan to attend one of these sessions, please rsvp to

The Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat

The fifth annual Scholarly Writing Retreat will be held at Dunrovin Retreat Center near Marine on St. Croix from 10:00 am on Monday, May 14 to 11:30 am on Wednesday, May 16. Initiated by Jessica Nathanson, the retreat gives scholars time and space to work on scholarship, undistracted by meetings, classes, or even children and family responsibilities. Some come to plan an approach to a new project to be completed over the summer; others use it as an opportunity to finish articles they have been working on during the year. The retreat will be hosted by Ankita Deka and  Mikr Wentzel. Those interested in participating should contact  Registrants are accepted on a first come-first serve basis.

Scholarly Writing Circles

Faculty are encouraged to form self-organizing, interdisciplinary writing circles to collaborate on grant writing or research, or to simply support one another in writing endeavors. Work culture grants are available to provide support for materials that support your work together.

Faculty Summer Scholarship Grants

Two Provost’s Summer Scholarship Grants ($4000) and three Grangaard Summer Scholarship Grants ($2000) are available to support faculty summer scholarship activities. Applications should be submitted to CTL no later than March 15. For more information and to submit your application, see  the grant section of this website.

Recipients of the 2013 Summer Scholarship Grants are:

Jacqueline DeVries, History – $4,000 Dean’s Summer Scholarship Grant for her critical biography of Mary Scharlieb, Britain’s first female gynecological surgeon

Colin Irvine, English – $4,000 Dean’s Summer Scholarship Grant for his book: Hot Dogs, Haircuts, Bunads, and Barnas: Nearly a Year of Learning to Live in Norway

Sarah Combellick-Bidney, Political Science – $2,000 Grangaard Summer Scholarship Grant for her investigation of “Only Through the Body: Human Rights, Intersectionality, and Reproductive Justice Across Borders”

Evren Guler, Psychology – $2,000 Grangaard Summer Scholarship Grant for her research on “Understanding the Development of Episodic Memory through Longitudinal and Brain Imaging Studies”

Mary Lowe, Religion – $2,000 Grangaard Summer Scholarship Grant for her book: Beyond Solidarity: What Gay, Lesbian, and Queer Theologies Can Contribute to the Church

Professional Travel Grants

Professional Travel Grants are available to support travel to professional conferences and workshops for faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications must be received at least 30 days before the event. For more information, and to submit applications, see the Grants page.

Scholarship Showcase

The Scholarship Showcase is a display of publications by Augsburg faculty presented at the annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon, which will be held in May. If you have a book, article, composition, script, piece of art work, etc. that we can include in the showcase, please contact

Related Campus Activities


Augsburg celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton festival. The festival falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across divisions and departments. A “zyzzogeton” is a green leaf-hopper as well as the last word in the Webster Collegiate Dictionary, which is a fitting symbol to mark the end of the academic year. The festival is sponsored by URGO.

Undergraduate Student Summer Research Grants

Undergraduate students are eligible for full-time ($4000) and part-time ($2000) grants for on-campus summer research. Faculty mentors receive $1000 per mentee receiving a grant. Numerous off-campus opportunities are also available to students. For more information, go to the URGO website at or public folder.