About This Journal

Steeplechase is a semi-annual digital publication showcasing the research and creative activity of Murray State University undergraduate and graduate students. This open-access journal features works across all disciplines. It includes theses, dissertations, and general research papers, some of which have been presented at the University’s Scholars Week and Posters-at-the-Capitol event. Select articles feature multimedia elements, including interviews with students concerning their experiences with the research and creative process. Steeplechase is edited by both faculty and undergraduate students in conjunction with Murray State University’s Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA).

About the Editors

Rachel Wood: Rachel is a senior at Murray State University from Birmingham, Alabama. She is currently studying English Literature with a minor in Information Studies. Through her studies, she is particularly focused on the intersection of literature and technology, especially in video games. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority and the secretary for the Honors Student Council.. She particularly enjoys reading and traveling but has a passion for anything creative. Rachel currently works as ORCA’s student assistant in addition to editing Steeplechase.

Laura Guebert: Originally from Herrin, Illinois, Laura is a senior at Murray State University studying History with a minor in English Literature. She currently conducts research on imperial trends within modern German history while working as a Resident Advisor, volunteering in the Racer Writing Center, and being involved in various extracurriculars and honors societies. She enjoys reading, writing, and traveling, each of which have played a role in her study abroad experiences in Europe. Laura is currently employed as one of the editors for Steeplechase.

Erin Wallace: Erin is a senior from Louisville, Kentucky double majoring in International Studies and History. She is a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and a student in the Honors College. During her three years at Murray State she has pursued her interests in European History and intercultural experience through various Education Abroad programs in Germany, Hong Kong, and Scotland. Erin is one of the co-editors for Steeplechase.

Kaitlyn Clary: Kaitlyn is a freshman from Henderson, Kentucky. She is currently studying English in an area of Secondary Education in hopes of promoting higher literacy levels in the public school system. During her first year at Murray State, she has become involved with the Terrapin Times Newsletter and NCTE, as well as a variety of other activities within the residential colleges. She enjoys reading and learning about classic literature, contrary to her new hobby of disc golf. Kaitlyn is currently employed as a co-editor for Steeplechase.

Ginni Sisemore: Ginni is a freshman at Murray State University from Madisonville, Kentucky. She is an English Literature major with a minor in Journalism. She is conducting research focused on trauma and heroism in literature. She enjoys going to local art exhibits and concerts. Ginni currently works as Chief Copy Editor of Murray State News in addition to Steeplechase.