LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research is delighted to welcome back Matthew Bizzell ’14, Thesis Assistant for the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program at LAUNCH. Matthew is returning to reprise his role as the Thesis Assistant for LAUNCH’s Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Last year he aided in the review process of nearly three hundred scholar theses while also holding office hours for current scholars. This year, he will funnel all of his research experience—both within the Scholars Program and without—to best serve incoming scholars of all disciplines.
Outside of the Undergraduate Research Scholars program, Bizzell will be teaching Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition and Technical Writing at San Jacinto College in South Houston where he currently resides with his wife and their cat. When he finds himself outside the clutches of academia, Bizzell writes award-winning horror fiction that has appeared in Acidic Fiction and the Sagebrush Review. He is currently working on a novel that will knock your socks right off. When forced to put down a pen and stop clacking away at a keyboard, Bizzell co-hosts and produces the upcoming podcast, There Will Be Spoilers, a look at AFI’s top 100 films list that dedicates an episode to each film and its themes, reception, and overall contribution to American culture as we know it.
Matthew Bizzell grew up in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a dual BA in English-Creative Writing and Philosophy in 2014 and again in 2016 with an MA in American Literature. In his Masters thesis Ghosts in the Gloom: Encountering the Specter of Memory in Heinemann, Ninh, and O’Brien, Bizzell explores trauma in the Vietnam War and describes how narrative provides an avenue for relief. Ghosts in the Gloom will be published in 2018 through the Texas A&M Libraries OAKTrust Repository.
No one can truly explain the inner-workings of Matt Bizzell’s headspace, but our best guess is that they were a result of a childhood spent in a library for hours on end, exploring different worlds and different planes of existence. That, and he didn’t eat his vegetables—like, ever.
During his undergraduate career at Texas A&M, Bizzell acted as a contributing editor to the undergraduate philosophy journal, Aletheia, where he sifted through a variety of philosophical essays and articles with the intent to publish the very best the university had to offer. No stranger to research, Bizzell spent a year in Cushing Memorial Library digging up records on the Bryan Army Air Field (now Riverside Campus) under the Pioneer Grant. After a year of work, his findings were compiled, narrativized, and submitted to become a plaque that will eventually be placed on the site of the old base by the Brazos Valley Historical Committee.
In the summer of 2015, Bizzell joined After Combat: the Veteran Voices Project, a digital space led by Dr. Marian Eide in the Department of English that provides a place for combat veterans to anonymously tell their stories free from outside control, participate in a community of individuals with similar experiences, and seek out resources. He is now the project manager of After Combat and busily conducts interviews, writes “Echoes” (responses to interviews or resources that are meant to provide perspective or generate ideas among veterans), and continues to build the website when no one is looking.
Matthew Bizzell can only be reached by smoke signal, carrier pigeon, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Matthew Bizzell ’14, Thesis Assistant for Undergraduate Research, LAUNCH
Edited by Annabelle Aymond ’14, Administrative Assistant for Undergraduate Research, LAUNCH