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Undergraduate Academic Awards

Below, we recognize student scholars who have been awarded University or departmental awards and fellowships, or membership in an honor society.

University Honor Societies

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most esteemed academic honor society in the United States. Established in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The society embraces freedom of inquiry, and liberty of thought and expression.

The Lambda of Massachusetts Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established at Clark University in 1953. Every spring, a select group of seniors who exemplify excellence in the arts and sciences, great character, and high potential are invited to join the chapter. Selection is made on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, demonstrated breadth and depth of studies in the liberal arts, intellectual curiosity and integrity, and tolerance for diverse views.

Members:

  • Taylor Barbieri
  • Carly Bernstein
  • Victoria Beyer
  • Drashhti Bilimoria
  • Jordan  Blocher
  • Darya  Blyednova
  • Skyler Brivic
  • Valeria Chavez
  • Jue Chen
  • Hanna Choi
  • Morgan Dufour
  • Colin Farrington
  • Anna Friberg
  • Kasyan  Green
  • Sabrina Hallal
  • Koki Hayashi
  • Morgan  Hylton
  • Maya  Ingram
  • Michael  Ippolito
  • Garren  Kalter
  • Sophia  Kaplan
  • Eesha Kashif
  • Isaac Khor Shi Yan
  • Nikita Kupko
  • Brianna  Lavelle
  • Julia  L’Esperance
  • Allison  Lee
  • Rafael  Levin
  • Ethan  Manley
  • Viena Marcela Murillo Paredes
  • Camille  Musson
  • Priyanka  Naithani
  • Chi Quynh Nguyen
  • James  Nightengale
  • Sarah  O’Brien
  • Megan  Plansky
  • Joshua  Podolsky
  • Lukas  Duguay Pomerville
  • Olivia  Pozder
  • Dillon  Prus
  • Helena Redgate
  • Sarah  Reinbrecht
  • Samantha Rubin
  • Monica  Sager
  • Henry  Severance
  • Liana Shpani
  • Kirti Sinha
  • Jamie Smith
  • Jocelyn Snyder
  • Abigail Souza
  • Tara  Stein
  • Mahi Taban
  • Jane  Thomas
  • Jay  Verchin
  • Kayleigh  Watson

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society, celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The Lambda chapter of Massachusetts at Clark University is pleased to offer the Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Research Prize. This prize is for outstanding work that exemplifies the society’s core values.

Recipient: None in spring 2021

Fiat Lux is a distinguished honor society for members of the senior class. Fiat Lux members are selected based on an application of demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, and sustained commitment to community service.

Members:

  • Emerson  Addams
  • Ariana Afshar
  • Jessica  DeMelo
  • Gari De Ramos
  • Eunice Dollete
  • Ashley  Hebert
  • Isabella  Hillebrand
  • Morgan  Hylton
  • Brett  Iarrobino
  • Priyanka  Naithani
  • James  Nightengale
  • Chi Quynh Nguyen
  • Sophia  Poulin
  • Deisy Rodriguez Ledezma
  • Maria Villalona
  • Eliza  Ward
  • Kayleigh  Watson

The Gryphon and Pleiades Honor Society includes 12 outstanding Clark University seniors who exemplify the motto “Scholarship, Leadership, and Citizenship.” The honor society’s chief aim is to promote student leadership on and off campus.

The organization today is the result of a merger of two earlier honor societies: Gryphon, the men’s honor society founded in 1909, and Pleiades, the women’s honor society founded in 1948. Each spring, rising seniors are inducted into Gryphon and Pleiades.

Members:

  • Mckayla  Ball
  • Faridat  Dangbe
  • Gari De Ramos
  • Aaron  Dorshow
  • Alfredo Nicolás Dueñas Burneo
  • Nadia Fakhrol
  • Brett  Iarrobino
  • Jeanne  Kim
  • James  Nightengale
  • Jacqueline  Ricketts-Hagan
  • Deisy Rodriguez Ledezma
  • Mahi Taban

Departmental Honor Societies

Members:

  • Bhavya Ahuja
  • Muhammad Baig
  • Zoë Brammer
  • Salma Chowdhur
  • Ezra Davis
  • Deanna-Maria D’Innocenzo
  • Alexander Donowitz
  • Trevor Ham
  • Bich Hoang
  • Naomi Hoffman
  • Jacob Hunnicutt
  • Garren Kalter
  • Alyssa Kanefield
  • Allison Lee
  • Jack Newton
  • Pham Thuy Linh
  • Olivia Pozder
  • Jacqueline Ricketts-Hagan
  • Elan Shalita
  • Bobby Sharma
  • Jocelyn Snyder
  • Aaron Wolfson
  • Nassim Ahmad
  • Aden Seyoum
  • Ashna Siddhi
  • Ryutaro Wongso

Members:

  • Manal Ahmed
  • Oscar Kim Bauman
  • Henley Ballou
  • Jacob Bilsky
  • Hope Briden
  • Leah Brooks
  • Gaby DiPinto
  • Lauren Farrell
  • Nicole Fiore
  • Milena Germon
  • Kate Godrey
  • Christin Guerrini
  • Nelson Guevara
  • Ashley Hayes
  • Benjamin Healey
  • Frankie Hurley
  • Morgan Hylton
  • Brett Iarrobino
  • Mahek Jain
  • Liam Kinsella Stewart
  • Camryn Langille
  • Jacob Lonon
  • Tereza Lopez
  • Anna Marie Mancevice
  • Emma Marton
  • Will McKeon
  • Thea Mouzakes
  • Erica Pellegrino
  • Veronica Rodgers
  • Alexandria Ross
  • Audrey Salmons
  • Luis Santos Santana
  • Mahi Taban
  • Tiffany Vo
  • Valerie Vong
  • Matthew Young

Members:

  • Amelia Balik
  • Abby Beilman
  • Esha Bharadwaj
  • Carly Cascione
  • Novak Chen
  • Julia Chun
  • Rachel Coskey
  • Morgan Dufour
  • Alexander Frase
  • Ryan Freed
  • Aiden Giasson
  • Kasyan Green
  • Emily Heltzer
  • Ian Hirons
  • Garren Kalter
  • Isabelle Kelley
  • Kaylyn Larkin
  • Nicholas Mellis
  • Griffin Minigiello
  • Sadie Murray
  • Finn O’Driscol
  • Galen Oettel
  • Wynne Plagge
  • Christopher Radovic
  • Noah Rowan
  • Alana Sacks
  • Nicholas Sakoff
  • Aandishah Tehzeeb Samara
  • William Riley Sanders

Members:

  • Kaitlyn Alwis
  • Kate Beland
  • Jacob Bilsky
  • Jordan Blocher
  • Drew Brodney
  • Parker DeBaryshe
  • Cora Flynn
  • Iris Gross
  • Katherine Gross
  • David Hamilton
  • Alexander Hewes
  • Michael Ippolito
  • Mhairi Kilian
  • Brianna Lavelle
  • Jacob Lonon
  • Teresa Lopez
  • Aidan McLaughlin
  • Joseph Mogel
  • Cole Norman
  • Dillon Prus
  • Rebecca Thaler
  • Zoe Wright

 

 

Members:

  • Drashhti Bilimoria
  • Theodora Ene
  • Trevor Ham
  • Eesha Kashif
  • Bobby Sharma
  • Abigail Souza

Members:

  • Joseph Diaz
  • Zoé Doudous
  • Macy Drude
  • Alfredo Nicolás Dueñas Burneo
  • Nelson Guevara
  • Anna Mancevice
  • Kaitlyn Anderson
  • Daniel Gaines
  • Nguyen Dao

Members:

  • Emily Abbott
  • Zoë Brammer
  • Alfredo Nicolás Dueñas Burneo
  • Domenica Cevallos Cedeño
  • Valeria Chavez
  • Salma Chowdhury
  • Tyler Cole
  • Catherine Corneau
  • Corinne Coryat
  • Emma Couillard
  • Gari De Ramos
  • Deanna-Maria D’Innocenzo
  • Aaron Dorshow
  • Alexandra Dunhom
  • Mariela Mejia
  • Julien Faucheux
  • Katherine Flesher
  • Rory Garhart
  • David Hamilton
  • Eesha Kashif
  • Chai Luong
  • Ethan Lutz
  • María Moreno
  • Nandita Modhubonti
  • Matthew O’Hara
  • Joshua Podolsky
  • Lukas Duguay Pomerville
  • Zoe Redfern-Hall
  • Benjamin Patrick Sawyer
  • Samuel Segal
  • Jamie Smith
  • Mahi Taban
  • Curan VanDerWielen
  • Ryan Veguilla
  • Andrew Vontzalides

Members:

  • Whitney Andrew
  • Claire Baker
  • Taylor Barbier
  • Alexis Bardash
  • Kalea Barger
  • Carly Bernstein
  • Dani Black
  • Joshua Canning
  • Sharon Chen
  • Eric Cobert
  • Rachel Coskey
  • Rachel Cullinane
  • Autumn Dauksz
  • Sierra DePalma
  • Sarah Drapeau
  • Luara El-Dine
  • Maya Falb
  • Raquel Fernandes
  • Sarah Fraher
  • Devin Galli
  • Rachel Goldman
  • Christine Guerette
  • Brandan Gunarathne
  • Helena Haase
  • Talia Harlow
  • Jaey Harris
  • Ashley Hebert
  • Rachel Helisch
  • Rachel Hjort
  • Hannah Honig
  • Wyatt Hoover
  • Jessica Horwitz
  • Kevin Irwin
  • Shoham Kapach
  • Nathan Kapiloff
  • Penelope Kogan
  • Sarah Krambeer
  • Janiah Lambert
  • Erland Lane
  • Claire Lawler
  • Julia L’Esperance
  • Arai Long
  • Katherine McKim
  • Jack McPadden
  • Kaitlyn Miele
  • Viena Murillo-Paredes
  • Camille Musson
  • Tiffany Nhan
  • James Nightengale
  • Lilian Palmer
  • Jay Papa
  • Megan Plansky
  • Josh Podolsky
  • Luke Pound
  • Valeria Raffucci
  • Sarah Reinbrecht
  • Kathryn Rivard-Lentz

 

  • Monica Sager
  • Lillian Salatiello
  • Samantha Santos
  • Giordana Sena
  • Elizabeth Shenson
  • Anna Silver
  • Kirti Sinha
  • Nadia Sostek
  • Lauren Steckler
  • Maria Stepanyan
  • Emily Supsak
  • Jennifer Tedisco
  • Kaitlyn Tonkin
  • Joseph Wagner
  • Miles Willis

Members:

  • Heran Abiy
  • Megan Balani
  • Quinn Berube
  • Emma Boland
  • Lilith Bourne
  • Jacob Brandes
  • Carolina Cerda
  • Claire Cohen-Kowan
  • Heidy Coronel
  • Jessica DeMelo
  • Alexander Dursin
  • Sarah Fraher
  • Halley Gellatly
  • Kayla Goodman-Weinbaum
  • Claire Hagerty
  • Isabella Hillebrand
  • Natalya Loughrin
  • Maxwell Macort
  • Emily McBride
  • Tiffany Nhan
  • Megan Plansky
  • Jamie Quinn
  • Kamran Rahman
  • Madison Richards
  • Anabel Riggio
  • Deisy Rodriguez Ledezma
  • Mya Stafford
  • Abigail Thompson
  • Zoe Wright

University Awards

The James Bogdanoff ’82 Fellowship was established by Robin Messing ’83, family, and friends in memory of James Bogdanoff ’82. They sought to honor the memory of this successful television journalist and producer of ABC’s Good Morning America, whose career and personal life were characterized by modesty and kindness. The fellowship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student who shows demonstrated interest in journalism or television journalism as well as exemplary character and integrity.

Recipient: None in 2021

The Thomas M. Dolan Outstanding Service Awards were established by the Ruth H. and Warren A. Ellsworth Foundation to honor Thomas M. Dolan ’62, M.A.Ed. ’63, on the occasion of his 25 years of service to Clark University. The award is given annually to one female graduating senior and one male graduating senior in recognition of their outstanding service to the University.

Recipients:

  • Gari De Ramos
  • Connor Khung

The Howard Bonar Jefferson Award was established by Margaret W. and Richard P. Traina in memory of Howard Bonar Jefferson, whose leadership as Clark’s president from 1946 to 1967 significantly reinforced the University’s academic programs and reputation. The recipient is chosen based on demonstrated academic excellence, breadth of intellectual interests, depth of intellectual commitment, and scholarly or creative achievement.

Recipients:

  • Danielle Black
  • Liana Shpani

The Marshall Geer McKim Memorial Fund was established in honor of Marshall Geer McKim ’91 by his family and friends. The fund enables undergraduate students to travel abroad for educational enrichment.

Recipients:

The Hervey Ross LEEP Oratorical Contest was established in 2012 by Hervey Ross ’50, L.H.D. ’07, to encourage and reward excellence in public speaking. Prizes are awarded annually to students who give brief talks about their LEEP Projects.

Recipients: No award in 2021

The Paul P. Vouras Social Science Award, established by Paul P. Vouras ’51, is awarded annually to an outstanding student majoring in the social sciences. The recipient has proven excellence in the major as well as breadth and strength in the program within the social sciences.

Recipients:

  • Garren Kalter
  • Mahi Taban

Academic Departments and Program Awards

Dr. Lee Gurel ’48 Asian Studies Award
The Dr. Lee Gurel ’48 Asian Studies Award is given to an outstanding graduating senior for academic excellence in Asian Studies.

Recipients:

  • Camille Musson

M. Margaret Comer Memorial Award for Undergraduate Studies in the Biological Sciences
The M. Margaret Comer Award for Undergraduate Research was established by Clark University in memory of Professor Margaret Comer, a member of the Clark faculty from 1976 to 1992. Upon Professor Comer’s unexpected early death, the University decided to recognize her “extraordinary personal commitment to exacting scientific research” by annually supporting an undergraduate who demonstrates achievement or high potential in biology or biochemistry research.

Recipients: No award in 2020-2021 academic year


The David Potter Award for Excellence in Biology
The Potter Award was established by Dr. and Mrs. Warren Litsky ’45 in honor of Botany Professor David Potter. This fund is used to provide a prize to an outstanding senior biology major.

Recipients: No award in 2020-2021 academic year

Recipient:

  • Samantha White

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
The American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry is given to an outstanding student who has displayed an interest and aptitude for analytical chemistry.

Recipient: None in 2021


The American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry
The American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry is given to an outstanding student who has displayed an interest and aptitude for physical chemistry.

Recipient: None in 2021


American Chemical Society, Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry
The American Chemical Society, Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry recognizes a senior who displays a significant aptitude for organic chemistry.

Recipient: None in 2021


American Chemical Society, Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry
The American Chemical Society, Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry recognizes a senior who displays a significant aptitude for inorganic chemistry.

Recipient:

  • Colin Farrington

American Institute of Chemists Foundation Student Award
The American Institute of Chemists Foundation Student Award is awarded to one chemistry and one biochemistry and molecular biology senior for outstanding records of achievement.

Recipients:

  • Jue (Amy) Chen
  • Nicholas Mathieu

Chemical Rubber Company Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award

The Chemical Rubber Company Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award, sponsored by the Taylor & Francis Group, is awarded in recognition of a student’s outstanding academic achievement in chemistry.

Recipient: None in 2021


Organic Chemistry Prize
The Organic Chemistry Prize is awarded to an undergraduate student for outstanding performance in organic chemistry.

Recipient:

  • Ivana Lopez Nieves

Wen-Yang Wen Award for Excellence in Physical Chemistry
The Wen-Yang Wen Endowed Prize for Excellence in Chemistry was established by the family and friends of Weng-Yeng Wen to honor his retirement as a professor at Clark University. The income from this endowment is used to provide a prize for an outstanding upperclassman studying chemistry or biochemistry.

Recipient: None in 2021

Race and Ethnics Scholar Award

Recipient:

  • Danielle Black

 

Racial Justice Award

Recipient:

  • Ahiela Watson

David R. Porter ’35 Prize for Excellence in Economics
The David R. Porter ’35 Prize for Excellence in Economics was established in honor and memory of David R. Porter, alumnus and trustee of the University, by his family and friends. The award is given every fall to an outstanding senior majoring in economics.

Recipients:

  • Nassim Ali Ahmad
  • Jonas Davis
  • Alexander Donowitz
  • Bich Hoang
  • Ashna Siddhi

Harry B. and Alice N. Sheftel Endowed Prize in Economics
Awarded annually by the Economics Department to an outstanding undergraduate student, except in those years when extraordinary scholarship by a graduate student or faculty member deserves recognition.

Recipients:

  • Zoe Brammer
  • Allison Lee
  • Jocelyn Snyder

The Roger Van Tassel Book Prize
The Roger Van Tassel Book Prize is awarded each year to an outstanding first-year student or sophomore in elementary economics. The award takes the form of a book, such as a biography of an economist or classic work in economics. Professor Van Tassel taught at Clark for 42 years, including 21 years as department chair. He had a special passion for introducing undergraduate students to economics and also taught courses in international economics.

Recipient:

Leroy Allston Ames Essay Contest
The Leroy Allston Ames fund was established by Charles B. Cohn ’35 in honor of the late Professor Leroy Alston Ames. Awards are given to the students who submit the best essays on the literature and/or history of England from 1750 to 1900.

Recipients:

  • Manal Ahmed
  • Ann Kathryn Hodges
  • Mahi Taban

William H. Carter Jr. Prize in English
The William H. Carter Jr. Prize in English was established by Harriet R. Carter in memory of her husband, William H. Carter Jr., an English Department professor for more than three decades. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Carter chaired the department for three consecutive terms. The fund supports a prize to be awarded to an outstanding rising senior majoring in English.

Recipients:

  • Henley Ballou
  • Frankie Hurley

Loring Homes and Ruth Dodd Drama Contest
The Loring Homes and Ruth Dodd Drama Contest was established by Clark University English and Art Professor Loring Holmes Dodd and his wife, Ruth Esleeck Dodd, to stimulate undergraduate interest in plays and playwriting. The award is for a play, preferably one act, written by a Clark undergraduate.

Recipients:

  • Jeremy Francoer
  • Brett Iarrobino
  • Tim Lucey
  • Dylan Parra

Prentiss Cheney Hoyt Poetry Contest
The Prentiss Cheney Hoyt Poetry Contest was established in 1925 by alumni as a memorial to Dr. Hoyt, a professor of English from 1909 to 1920, when he also served as chair. Professor Hoyt has been described as a colorful figure — a big, blond, Vermonter with a Van Dyke beard. He not only taught the undergraduates English literature and coached their dramatic productions, but was also on friendly terms with all his students, past and present. He was a teacher who could challenge his students to a tennis match — and beat them!

Recipients:

  • Jacob Lonon
  • Kylee Rutkiewicz
  • Mahi Taban

Betty ’79 and Stanley Sultan Short Story Contest
The Betty ’79 and Stanley Sultan Short Story Contest is funded by an alumna and her husband, Professor Stan Sultan, a recently deceased member of the English faculty. This fund provides up to three awards for the best short stories written by Clark undergraduates. The purpose of the gift is to stimulate undergraduate interest in short story and other creative writing.

Recipients:

  • Robin Bozik
  • Tyler Hempel
  • Kira Houston

Virginia Mason Vaughan Prize in English for the Most Outstanding Honors Thesis
This award was established by Clark alumni Michael ’81 and Lisa Klein ’82 Leffell to honor both Professor Vaughan and the most outstanding graduating English majors. Awards are given based on the quality of research, overall conceptualization, mastery of a complex literary topic, and elegance in writing.

Recipient:

  • Jacob Bilsky
  • Milena Germon
  • Morgan Hylton
  • Anna Mancevice

Environmental Science Academic Excellence Award

This award is given to a graduating senior environmental science major in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. Awards are given based on academic excellence, commitment to breadth and depth in the field, and involvement in intellectual life outside of the classroom.

Recipients:

  • Ethan Manley

Environmental Science Research Excellence Award

This award is given to a graduating senior environmental science major who has delivered excellent research within the field of environmental science during the course of their undergraduate study. Awards are given based on research excellence, exceptional interest and ability in scientific inquiry, and commitment to pursue scientific research and applications.

Recipient:

  • Brooke Harris
  • Galen Oettel

 


Environmental Science Excellence in Practice Award
This award is given to a graduating senior environmental science major in recognition of distinguished effort to improve the way humans interact with the environment, natural or built.
The recipient will have worked in close concert with an outside organization — e.g., a government agency, NGO, etc. — putting their academic preparation into practice to address a real-world issue in environmental science.

Recipients:

  • Carley Cascione

Ellen Churchill Semple Award
The Ellen Churchill Semple Award is given to an outstanding graduating senior geography major. The award is based primarily on a student’s academic achievements, although consideration is also given to professional and community achievements, independent research activities, publications, and consulting.

Recipient:

  • Valeria Chavez

 


Clark Labs GIS Excellence Award

This award is given to a senior who has excelled in the field of GIS.

Recipient:

  • Benjamin Ryan

Global Environmental Studies Outstanding Student Award

The Global Environmental Studies Outstanding Student Award is given to an outstanding graduating senior who is recognized for academic excellence within the global environmental studies program.

Recipient:

  • Sachita Barua

NCGE (National Council for Geographic Education) Excellence in Scholarship Award

The NCGE Excellence in Scholarship Award is given in recognition of outstanding scholastic performance in the field of geography. The National Council presents this award for Geographic Education and the American Association of Geographers.

Recipient:

  • Amelia Balik
  • Garren Kalter

Linda Roth Memorial Activist Scholar Award

Linda Roth earned a doctorate in geography from the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and was an accomplished, award-winning forest ecology scientist and a lifelong social justice and environmental activist. This award is given to an outstanding global environmental studies major who embodies the principles of scholarship and activism that Linda Roth demonstrated during her life.

Recipient:

  • Curan VanDerWielen

Strabo Award
The Strabo Award is given in recognition of intellectual leadership, exploration, and creativity. It is named for the Greek Geographer Strabo, whose masterful work, “Geography,” charted the known world of his time.

Recipients:

  • Noah Rowan
  • Alia Tang

The Marcia V. Szugda-Emani Memorial Environmental Scholarship Award

The Marcia V. Szugda-Emani Memorial Environmental Scholarship Award is given to a graduating senior with a record of high academic achievement. The award is designated for advanced research projects related to geography and the environment with a focus on the environment and its relevance to human well-being.

Recipient:

  • Kasyan Green

George A. Billias American History Prize

This award was established by Clark alumni Michael ’81 and Lisa Klein ’82 Leffell to honor the late Professor Emeritus George Billias and the undergraduate student who has written the best essay in American history.

Recipient:

  • Michael Ippolito
  • Dillon Prus

H. Donaldson Jordan Essay Prize

The H. Donaldson Jordan Prize is awarded to an undergraduate student for the best essay on a historical topic.

Recipient: None in 2021


H. Donaldson Jordan Prize for Excellence in History Outside the Classroom

Recipient: None in 2021


Paul Lucas European History Prize

This award was established by Clark alumni Michael ’81 and Lisa Klein ’82 Leffell to honor Professor Paul Lucas and the undergraduate student who has written the best essay in European history.

Recipient:

  • Brianna Lavelle

Paul & Marjorie Ropp Asian and Global History Prize

Recipient:

Academic Achievement Award

The Academic Achievement Award is given to an outstanding graduating senior in the international development and social change (IDSC) honors program. Criteria for the award include overall GPA, GPA within the major, and quality of the IDSC honors thesis.

Recipient:

  • Ian Hirons

Impact Award

The Impact Award is given to a graduating senior in the international development and social change major who has shown personal integrity and demonstrated leadership and/or collaboration in community service and progressive change.

Recipients:

  • Emery Addams
  • Milena Germon

Theodore Von Laue Undergraduate Prize in International Development
The Theodore Von Laue Undergraduate Prize in International Development was established by Mrs. Theodore (Angela) Von Laue. The award goes to a junior majoring in international development and social change who has demonstrated accomplishment and commitment to the search for peace, equitable distribution of resources, human well-being, and environmental justice.

Recipients:

  • Alexis Restrum

J. Fannin King Memorial Award for Excellence in Comparative Literature

The J. Fannin King Memorial Award for Excellence in Comparative Literature is awarded to an outstanding senior in comparative literature.

Recipient:

  • Samantha Whittle

 


J. Fannin King Award for Excellence in French

The J. Fannin King Award for Excellence in French is awarded to an outstanding senior majoring in French.

Recipients:

  • Jane Thomas

Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish

The Theodore and Phyllis Barbera Award for Excellence in Spanish is awarded to an outstanding senior in Spanish studies.

Recipient:

  • Michael Ippolito
  • Isaac Rusnak

William ’53 and Agnes Hausrath Leadership Award

The William ’53 and Agnes Hausrath Leadership Award recognizes the leadership accomplishments of our talented and accomplished undergraduate students. The Hausrath Leadership Award is given to a current undergraduate Management Major student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities during his/her time at Clark.

Recipients: No undergraduate award in 2021


Morton H. ’51 and Vivian B. Sigel Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Management Major

The award to Clark’s top undergraduate management student is named in the Sigel’s honor, and their generous financial support created the Sigel MBA Fellowship.

Recipient:

  • Drashhti Bilimoria
  • Abigail Souza

 


Morton H. ’51 and Vivian B. Sigel Endowed Fellowship Award

Recipient:

  • Eesha Kashif
  • Delaney Pummill

Outstanding Achievement in Computer Science Award

Recipients:

  • Isaac Khor

Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics Award

Recipient: None in 2021

 

Outstanding Leadership in Computer Science Award 

Recipient: 

  • Evan Hoffman
  • Naomi Hoffman
  • Faustina Owusu

The Joe De Rivera Peace Prize

Recipient: No award in 2021

Excellence in Philosophical Studies

The Excellence in Philosophical Studies award is presented to two Philosophy majors who have achieved excellence in Philosophical Studies.

Recipient:

  • Alfredo Nicolás Dueñas Burneo
  • Macy Drude
  • Nelson Guevara

David N. Saltman ’83 Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Philosophy

Recipient:

  • Anna Mancevice

Logic Prize in Philosophy

The Logic Prize is awarded annually by the Philosophy Department faculty to a Clark undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary work in the area of Symbolic Logic.

Recipient:

  • Mahek Jain

Roy S. Andersen ’43 Award

The Roy S. Andersen ’43 Award was established by Roy S. Andersen and friends in order to increase the interest of high school students in Physics and in the related sciences, including Mathematics; to increase the reputation of the Sciences at Clark University among high school students, teachers and guidance counselors; and to increase the public’s understanding of science.

Recipient:


Albert C. Erickson ’30 Academic Award

The Albert C. Erickson ’30 Academic Award was established by the Tupper Foundation in memory of the late Albert C. Erickson (Ph.D., Physics, 1934), to provide an annual award to a senior at Clark, who has done outstanding work in Physics and Mathematics, and who shows unusual promise in these fields.

Recipient:

  • Liana Shpani

Morris H. Cohen Prize for Excellence in American Political and Public Policy

The Morris H. Cohen Prize was established to honor Morris H. Cohen, who joined the Government Department faculty at Clark University in 1947, and, who until his death in 1990, set the highest standards in teaching. He always had a deep concern for all facets of undergraduate learning and undergraduate education and who, after retirement in 1989, remained an active member of the Clark University community by directing the Clark Washington Semester Program at American University. The prize is given to recognize the outstanding Government major at the beginning of his or her senior year.

Recipients:

  • Morgan Small
  • Gabi Schroer do Nascimento

Sallie Robinson Holthausen Prize for Excellence in International Relations

The Sallie R. Holthausen Prize was established in honor and memory of Sallie R. Holthausen, a member of the class of 1958, by her family and friends. The prize is given annually to an outstanding Political Science student for excellence in the subfield of International Relations.

Recipient:

  • Sam Snediker

The Zenovia Sochor Memorial Fund
The Zenovia Sochor Memorial Fund is awarded annually by the Political Science Department to declared Political Science majors or minors studying abroad in spring, preferably in an Eastern European country. Professor Zenovia Sochor taught comparative politics courses at Clark for almost two decades. She was known by students and colleagues as a gifted scholar, a valued friend, and a caring mentor. Alumni, friends, and colleagues created the Zenovia Sochor Memorial Fund to provide support to Clark students for study abroad experiences.

Recipients:

 


Irving and Edith Wilner Prize for Best research Paper in American Politics
The Irving and Edith Wilner Prize was established by Irving Wilner, class of 1932, to award a student who has published on a topic of practical significance in the improvement of the functioning of American political institutions.

Recipient:

  • Jennifer Tedisco
  • Mark Zito

 


Chair’s Prize for Excellence in Comparative Politics

Annual award given to an outstanding Political Science student for excellence in the subfield of Comparative Politics.

Recipient:

  • Gari De Ramos

The Elaine ’65 and Barry D. Epstein ’62 Pre-Law Award
The Elaine ’65 and Barry D. Epstein ’62 Pre-Law Award is given annually to a pre-law student with high academic standing who has been active in the programming offered by the The Elaine ’65 and Barry D. Epstein ’62 Pre-Law Society. The award was established through a generous gift in 2016 from Barry Epstein in honor of his late wife, Elaine Epstein.

Recipient:

  • Austin Reda

Dr. Kenneth A. Senter ’43 Endowed Award for Premed Undergraduate Students

Dr. Kenneth A. Senter ’43 Endowed Award for Premed Undergraduate Students provides an annual award to a premedical undergraduate student with high academic standing.

Recipients:

  • Samantha Brown
  • Kendyll Smith

Edward N. Trachtenberg Endowed Prize

The Edward N. Trachtenberg Endowed Prize is awarded to a health professions applicant based on academic record and suitability for the profession.

Recipients:

  • Jeanne Kim

Simon and Eve Colin Undergraduate Creativity Award
The Simon and Eve Colin Undergraduate Creativity Award was established by the Colin family, Barbara, Fred and Rebecca ’89 Colin, in honor of Simon and Eve Colin and in recognition of the many values associated with active undergraduate participation in research. The award is intended to encourage inspired, innovative, and extraordinary students in their pursuit of research in Psychology.

Recipients:

  • Danielle Black
  • Jadea Harris

Dr. Lee Gurel ’48 / John E. Bell Endowed Student/Faculty Achievement Award

The Dr. Lee Gurel ’48 / John E. Bell Endowed Student/Faculty Achievement Award was established by Dr. Lee Gurel, class of 1948, in honor of John Elderkin Bell, a former faculty member in the Psychology Department. The award, based on academic merit and chosen by the department, goes to the most outstanding senior psychology major who has attended Clark for at least three years. A second award goes to the Psychology faculty member named by the student recipient as having been most influential in their Clark education.

Recipients:

  • Arai Long
  • Faculty Recipient: Johanna Vollhardt

Herman A. Witkin Memorial Fund
The Herman A. Witkin Memorial Fund was established in memory of the late Herman A. Witkin, by his wife, Dr. Evelyn M. Witkin. Herman Witkin was a distinguished psychologist, internationally known for his programmatic work on cognitive style. The fund is used to support an occasional Herman A. Witkin Memorial Lecture, or a Witkin Fellow, or other memorial activity at the Heinz Werner Institute, Clark University.

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Outstanding Undergraduates in Psychology Award

The Outstanding Undergraduates in Psychology Award is given to graduating senior psychology majors who have excelled in academics and research.

Recipients:

  • Taylor Barbieri
  • Inonge Kaloustian
  • Kirti Sinha
  • Ahiela Watson

Addams-Mills Award

The Addams-Mills Award is given annually to honor one or two graduating sociology majors who exemplify the community service ideas of Jane Addams, a founder of community-based social work and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and the intellectual tradition of C. Wright Mills, an outspoken sociologist and critic of American power structures.

Recipient:

  • Deisy Rodriguez Ledezma

Robert P. Manero Memorial Music Award

The Robert P. Manero Memorial Music Award was established in 1987 by the Clark University Music Program in honor of lecturer Robert P. Manero. The awards are given to outstanding seniors in the Visual and Performing Arts music program.

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Robert. P. Manero Prize for Musical Scholarship

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Robert P. Manero Prize for for Musical Creativity

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Patricia M. Plamondon Undergraduate Award in Visual and Performing Arts

The Patricia M. Plamondon Award is given to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated their talent in and commitment to the arts and for whom the award will serve to enhance their studies, research, or project-related travel. The award is made annually by a vote of the full-time faculty of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Recipient:

  • Zac Casperson
  • Brett Irrabino

Jason Michael Simpkins Memorial Endowment for Screen Studies
The Jason Michael Simpkins Memorial Endowment for Screen Studies was established by Larry J. and Michelle Simpkins in memory of their son, Jason Michael Simpkins, a member of the class of 2005. The award is to assist undergraduate students with the expenses incurred in completion of a film and/or a piece of written research. The recipients should possess high academic ability in Screen Studies and exceptional character, with an intention to pursue a career or higher education in screen studies.

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Alice Higgins Award in Women’s Studies
The Alice Higgins Award is presented in honor of longtime Clark Trustee and supporter of WGS, Alice Higgins, for outstanding contributions to women and girls at Clark University and/or the wider community.

Recipient:

  • Jane Thomas

The Cynthia Enloe Scholar/Activist Award

The Cynthia Enloe Scholar/Activist Award is given to a student who has worked hard to advance scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies and has been an activist in this cause.

Recipient:

  • Danielle Black

The Hazel Hughes Women’s Studies Award for Academic Excellence and Creativity
The Hazel Hughes Award is presented in honor of the former Dean of Women Students Hazel Hughes. The award is given for outstanding academic achievement by an undergraduate student.

Recipient:

  • Darya Blyednova
  • Kirti Sinha

Summer Research and Internship Awards

This funded internship opportunity is open to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors who plan to complete a summer internship. This student must be a member of the Clark Global Scholars program (regardless of country of origin), and/or a citizen of Ghana or another African nation. The student who receives this award must meet the minimum eligibility requirements of: Current First-Year, Sophomore, or Junior who will be returning in the next academic year as an undergraduate student; member of the Clark Global Scholars Program (regardless of country of origin) and/or a citizen of Ghana or another African Nation; overall GPA must meet the minimum of 3.4.

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Thanks to the generosity of the Theodore H. Barth Foundation, Career Services is able to offer Clark undergraduate students the Theodore H. Barth Foundation Summer Internship Award to support their unpaid summer internship in the non-profit sector. This summer eight Barth interns will work at non-profit organizations in the United States and abroad, gaining valuable workplace experience and contributing to the missions of these organizations.

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The Lise Anne and Leo E. Beavers II Fellowship was established by Drs. Leo E. and Dorothy J. Beavers BA ’49 in honor of their son, Leo E. Beavers, II, and in memory of their daughter, Lise Anne. The fund supports students or faculty members for research into the biochemical, neurological or genetic causes of intellectual disabilities or mental illness.

Recipients:

  • Kim Nguyen
  • Marimo Oka
  • Vanessa Tischofer

The Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Fund for Scholars of Holocaust Studies was established by The Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Foundation, Inc., of New York, to fund annual awards to two or more undergraduate students for research or internships related to the Holocaust.

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The James ’39 and Ada Bickman Summer Science Research Internships for Undergraduates was established by James Bickman, a member of the class of 1939, and his wife, Ada Bickman. The fund supports summer research internships for undergraduate students. Awards shall be made to students in their junior year, for research to be conducted between their junior and senior years.

Recipients:

  • Amanda Brown

The Sara Bickman Music and Arts Summer Internship Award was established by James Bickman, a member of the class of 1939, and his sons Martin and David Bickman, in memory of his wife and their mother, Sara Bickman. The fund shall be used to support summer internships for undergraduate students majoring in the visual and performing arts. Awards shall be made to students in their junior year for projects to be conducted between their junior and senior years.

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The Peter Condakes Research Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Peter Condakes, an alumnus and geography major from the class of 1978. The fellowship provides a stipend for an undergraduate geography major to work on a summer research project with a geography faculty member.

Recipients:

  • Luke Brogna

The Albert C. Erickson ’30 Summer Research Award was established by the Tupper Foundation to provide an annual award to a Clark undergraduate, who has done outstanding work in Physics and Mathematics, and who shows unusual promise in these fields. The Erickson Scholarship has been offered annually since 1963 in memory of the late Albert C. Erickson (BA ’30, MA ’31 Ph.D., Physics, ’34)

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The Stanley Geschwind Memorial Summer Research Internship Award was established by his sons Daniel, Benjamin, and Michael; daughters-in-law Ethelyn Geschwind and Sandy Geschwind; former students Jonathan Goldstein (Class of 1997) and Jenny Sun (Class of 1998); and Clark parent Melvin Goldstein, P ’97. The fund supports summer research internships for undergraduate students majoring in Physics.

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The Ina R. and Haskell R. Gordon Fund for Undergraduate Students of Holocaust Studies was established by Ina Gordon, trustee of the Ina and Haskell Gordon Charitable Trust of Worcester, Massachusetts, to support one or more undergraduate students for research, travel or internships related to the Holocaust.

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The Goulandris Summer Internship Award for Environmental Sciences offers one Environmental Science award for a summer internship. This funded internship opportunity is open to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors who plan to complete an unpaid summer internship. Students awarded funding will be required to participate in an internship student panel or poster presentation during the academic year.

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The Lois M.P.A. ’78 and Robert ’49 Green Urban Development and Social Change (UDSC) Summer Internship was established by Lois B. and Robert F. Green, to support undergraduate student internships in the city of Worcester. The fund is intended to complement Clark University’s work through the University Park Partnership.

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The Harrington Public Affairs Fellowship Program for Undergraduates, funded by the Francis A. Harrington Public Fund, was created in 2006-2007 to encourage and support the pursuit of creative or original research in politics and public policy or in service learning in the public or nonprofit sector by Clark undergraduates. The Department awards fellowships for projects that connect to the public life of citizenship and help to create new knowledge that advances public affairs and civic life. Recipients may use their fellowship for a project in the United States or abroad. Approximately five Harrington Fellowship awards will be made each year.

The Harrington Public Affairs Fellowship Program is designed to foster a vibrant community of undergraduates who are interested in the study of politics and public policy and in the world of public service, government or nonprofit. It seeks to do this not only by funding projects but by bringing Fellows and their faculty mentors together during the academic year to exchange ideas and experiences.

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The H.E.R.O. (Human Environmental Regional Observatory) Fellowship is awarded to select Clark undergraduate students who have energetic and inquisitive minds, who are fearless when charting new intellectual territory, and who demonstrate evidence of outstanding scholarly and professional potential.

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The U-Reka Big Idea Contest is sponsored by Clark’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. A $5000 prize is split between three student teams that compete to gain funding for a business venture, student project or activity. The Big Ideas should benefit Clark University students and/or the Main South community.

Recipients:

  • Melanie Adams
  • Lucy Barrett
  • Julia Dantzler
  • Gari De Ramos
  • Ethan Lutz
  • Charisma Nguyen-Lai
  • Victoria Pastor
  • Jens Peterson
  • Tsanta Rakotoarisoa
  • Madeline Steigman
  • Martina Villanueva
  • Da’Vyana William

Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Summer Research Scholarship

To honor the memory of Dr. h. c. Henry J. Leir, a successful industrialist, and Erna D. Leir, both patrons of Clark University, The Leir Luxembourg Program-Clark University (LLP-CU) offers The Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Summer Research Scholarship which enables Clark students to work as interns and/or conduct research with a business or institute in The Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg or a Luxembourg affiliated institution in the US.

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Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Merit Scholarships

To honor the memory of Dr. h. c. Henry J. and Erna D. Leir, patrons of Clark University, the Leir Luxembourg Program-Clark University (LLP-CU) offers the Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Merit Scholarships which recognizes the academic achievement of undergraduate students from Clark University, and enables them to live and study in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with the May Term Program.

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Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Excellence Through Diversity Scholarship

As part of Clark University, the Leir Luxembourg Program echoes the University’s commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive academic community. To this end, the Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Excellence Through Diversity Scholarships recognize the academic achievement of students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, first generation college students, students from low income families, and students with a history of overcoming adversity, and enables them to live and study in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with the May Term Program.

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The Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Global Citizen Scholarship

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The Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Fellowships are awarded annually to selected Clark undergraduate students with an interest in marine science and policy who have excelled in their academic preparation and show promise in field research and/or policy analysis.

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The Arthur E. Martell and Thomas T. Sugihara Summer Science Internship Award was established by Dr. Lester B. Jacobson ’63, in order to sponsor an outstanding undergraduate Chemistry student to work with a senior faculty member of the Chemistry Department during the summer months.

Recipient:

  • Teodora-Maria Uglean

Former Trustee Janice Culpepper ’77, honoring her grandmother, Maurine Milburn, has established the Maurine H. Milburn Summer Research Fellowship fund to support the sciences in the following ways: the income shall be divided into three equal parts among the Chemistry Department, the Biology Department, and the Physics Department to be earmarked for undergraduate summer fellowships, and/or individual departmental equipment needs.

Recipients:

  • Luke Mazar
  • Caroline Wang

The Frederick M. and Alice Murdock Summer Science Internship was established by Frederick M. Murdock ’30, MA ’31., to support summer research internships for undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry. Awards shall be made to students in their junior year for research to be conducted between their junior and senior years.

Recipients:

  • Conor Milson

The Professor Donald J. Nelson Endowed Research Fund was established by Shirley F. Riopel-Nelson, in memory of her husband the late Professor Donald J. Nelson. The monies are used to provide research grants to undergraduates pursuing studies in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology.

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Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant from the National Science Foundation was established to recruit, prepare, and sustain teachers in the sciences and mathematics. This grant provides internship stipends and scholarships to highly promising future teachers in these fields who make a commitment to teach in high-need schools.

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The PCI Synthesis Chemistry Summer Fellowship is awarded annually to an undergraduate chemistry major who has exhibited potential for research.

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Professor Robert J.S. Ross taught at Clark University from 1972-2013 and published widely on the topics of sweatshops, labor rights and international trade. As a teacher, Bob Ross played a key role in mentoring students who have carried social justice into their professional and personal lives. To honor his activism and scholarship, Clark alumni, colleagues, friends and family created a permanent endowment for the Robert J. S. Ross Social Justice Fund. The fund allows a selected undergraduate student to work with an organization whose mission honors Bob Ross’ commitment to social, economic and environmental justice.

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In 2005, the family and friends of Clark alumnus David C. Steinbrecher ’81 created the Steinbrecher Fellowship Program with a generous gift that established a permanent endowment in memory of David that provides fellowships for Clark undergraduates to pursue original ideas, creative research, public service or enrichment projects.

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The Doris Tager Summer Stipend was awarded this year for an internship and/or research related to the Holocaust.

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The Tamara Gay Walker Award funds students completing a summer project whose field of study and summer project lie within languages, comparative literature, and the arts.

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National Scholarships and Awards

Boren Scholarships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation.

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The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship trains and inspires leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. Fellows are placed with community-based organizations as well as policy-focused organizations in Washington, D.C. The program bridges gaps between local efforts and national public policy, as fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects.

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.

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The Fulbright Commission Summer Institute is a four-week cultural and academic program for US students. Hannah attended the institute held at Durham University in the UK. The theme of this institute is The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages. Students participate in a suite of projects focused on sites along the northern edges of the old Roman frontier in Britain (Hadrian’s Wall) playing a full part in excavations and gaining first-hand knowledge and experience of UK archaeological professional practice.

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students, sponsored by the U. S. Department of State. Through the CLS, a select group of students strive to broaden the base of Americans mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.

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The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan, representing the United States as cultural ambassadors. Most participants work as translators or serve as Assistant Language Teachers in public and private schools throughout Japan.

Recipient:

  • Laura Linares Figueroa
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