Jessie Rassau 2014

2014-15 Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Jessica Rassau, senior in Classical Studies and the Honors College, and Kyle Binaxas, a double major in Russian Studies/Psychology, have received Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Awards in support of their research. Jessica is studying abroad in Italy and Greece, researching ancient Spartan military culture and Spartan participation in the Persian Wars. Kyle's project grew out of his spring 2014 readings with Prof. Murenina on Aesthetic Choices in Soviet Animation and the Thaw of the 1960s. He is currently working with Prof. Hernandez in the Dept. of History.


Rachel Mehaffey

Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award Winner and Phi Beta Kappa Honoree:

M. Rachel Mehaffey, EC Scholar
BS Chemistry, BS Applied Physics, Hispanic Studies minor

Future Plans: Pursuing a PhD in Chemistry and Physics at UT Austin
Mariah Richards

Phi Beta Kappa Honoree:

Mariah Richards, BS Hispanic Studies Education

Future Plans: Graduate School, MA in Spanish and Latin American
Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies, NYU in Madrid
Anna Lawrence

2014 Research and Creative Activities Week Presenters:

  • Anna Lawrence (at left. BA-Hispanic Studies) Paper: The Personified Cultural Contrast in "Blancanieves"
  • Joshua Mangum (2nd major BA-Hispanic Studies) Poster: An Information-Theoretic Approach to Cellular Decision-Making Strategies
  • Jennifer Moser (BS-Hispanic Studies Education) Poster: The Effects of Implementing Authentic Materials in a Foreign Language Classroom
  • Laura Pons (2nd major BA-Hispanic Studies) Paper: Blancanieves: The True Hero
  • Jessica Chirico (Classical Studies Minor) Poster: New Technologies in the Public Library
  • Megan Mehaffey (Hispanic Studies Minor) Poster: Insight into the Location of DNA Xenobiotic Damage by Mass Spectrometry
  • Sandra Ross (Hispanic Studies Minor) Paper: Comparison and Contrast of Sethe and Scarlett as Independent Women

Graduate School Fellowship Recipient: Samantha Belmont, MA in French Studies, LSU


Micheal Veale, DAAD Scholarship recipient for study in German, 2013

This year’s recipient, MICHAEL VEALE, is a junior from Charlotte double majoring in Theatre Arts and German. Thanks to the award, Michael is spending this academic year as a student at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, where he is taking advantage of the educational and cultural opportunities available to him as a resident of a major European city. ECU’s program in German is 1 of only 5 in the United States to have had an undergraduate receive a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship in each of the last four years, and the only program in the entire Southeast to do so. These four scholarships represent approximately $45,000 in external funding for ECU undergraduates to pursue their studies in German and other fields of interest at an institution of higher learning in Germany. In Michael’s case, the German faculty would like to thank the faculty and staff of the School of Theatre and Dance, in particular Prof. John Shearin, Prof. Hector Garza, and Prof. Gregory Funaro. Their support of Michael’s candidacy was unwavering and much appreciated.

Mario Becera and Briceida Rodriguez

Mario Becerra and Briceida Rodriguez at the Spanish Linguistics in NC Conf.

On February 8, Mario Becerra and Briceida Rodriguez, who are completing a BA in Hispanic Studies and are student members of the SoCIOLing (Study of Community Involvement and Outreach & Linguistics) Lab, presented the poster ‘A sociolinguistic analysis of morphosyntactic phenomena in the Spanish of Pitt County: A pilot study’ at the SLINKI (Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina) Conference held at Appalachian State University, and again at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) in North Myrtle Beach in March. Under the mentorship by Dr. Stephen Fafulas and Dr. Ricard Viñas-de-Puig, the students summarized the results of the research project in which they investigated the expression of future and clitic doubling constructions by native Spanish speakers from Pitt County.






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