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Student Awards

May 10, 2016

The Department of French & Italian encourages students to complete research or find opportunities to study abroad. The experience of studying abroad is not only memorable, but a powerful opportunity to increase students' global awareness and cultural understanding—not to mention strengthening their language proficiency. “For language students, these programs represent total immersion, allowing them to acquire proficiency at a rate many times what a student can accomplish in a single language class," says Dr. Mary Franklin-Brown, director of undergraduate studies in French. "But for many students, learning abroad is not financially possible. They can’t afford the plane ticket or the extra fees, and they can’t afford to take a semester off from work. Our scholarships make it possible for these students, too, to study abroad.”  

This year, students of French and Italian were awarded more than 12 scholarships to pursue their academic goals nationally and abroad. The department would like to honor those undergraduate and graduate students by noting their 2015–2016 achievements.

Undergraduate students have been awarded with the following scholarships:

  • Talle Merit: Natalie Gindraux
  • Birkelo Scholarship: Samantha Erdman
  • Margaret J. Talle Study Abroad Scholarship in French: Joseph Rojas Jr.
  • Aaron Blankenburg Memorial Scholarship for Italian: Magdalena Schroeder
  • Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul Study Abroad Scholarship : Magdalena Schroeder
  • French and Italian Study Abroad Scholarship: Cecilia Pompeo
  • Marguerite Guinotte Memorial Travel Grant in French Studies: Cassia Brand

Additionally, several students were elected to Phi Beta Kappa (top 10% of UMN graduating class), including:

  • Delaney Churchwell
  • Keven Hertelendy
  • Courtney Bade
  • Amanda Fraine
  • Sarah Glesne
  • Michal Glover
  • Tony Kort
  • McKinzie McVey

Our graduate students have been very successful in finding faculty positions and in receiving multiple awards.

  • Lia Mitchell was awarded a Graduate School Fellowship to pursue an editing, publishing, and research internship at Univocal Publishing in Minneapolis.
  • Charlotte Soulpin was awarded a Hella Mears Summer Fellowship (for her research on how media technologies are changing our relationship to the dead).
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRRP) were awarded to Alexandre Dubois (on nihilism and gnosticism) and Agnès Schaffauser (on Salim Bachi’s post-9/11 novel Tuez-les tous).
  • Selim Rauer was awarded the Janis L. Pallister Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Work in an early-career student.
  • Abou-Bakar Mamah was awarded a FLAS to continue his study of Arabic for next year.
  • Lizzy Baden is spending next year in Montpellier, France.

Congratulations to all the students on their awards and for their hard work and dedication!