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2014-15 Outstanding Students

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Students Honored by the ΦΒΚ Alumni of E. NC

Erin Cottrell (Psychology and Hispanic Studies)
Sara Kurtz (Fine Arts and Hispanic Studies)
MacKenzie Alyn Mull (Hispanic Studies and Elementary Education)
Jessica Rassau (Classical Civilization)
Sara Sipe (Chemistry and German)

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Departmental Award and Scholarship Winners

Outstanding Achievement in Level 1004
Outstanding Minors and Graduating Seniors
Scholarship Award Recipients
Awards for Outstanding Research Paper
and Delta Phi Alpha Inductees

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Research and Creative Week Presentations

Aenia Amin (BA Hispanic Studies) "The Association Between Metabolism and the Expression of Circadian Regulatory Genes" (Oral Presentation)

Kyle Binaxas (BA Multidisciplinary Studies: Russian Studies) "Soviet Animation Before and After Khrushchev's Thaw: Historical and Critical Analysis" (Poster)

Kimberly Bostick (BA Hispanic Studies) "Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Food Insecurity in Obese Pediatric Patients" (Poster)

Charles Jauss (BA Hispanic Studies) "Understanding Cultural Self-Efficacy Among Medical Students" (Poster)

Jessica Rassau (BA Multidisciplinary Studies: Classical Civilization) "The Training and Decisions of King Leonidas" (Oral Presentation)

Alix Rothbart (Hispanic Studies Minor) "Stress, Burnout and Coping Mechanisms among Health Professionals working in Pediatric Oncology" (Poster)

Sarah Sipe (BA German) "Intensity of Amyloid-beta (A) peptides and the exposure of their hydrophobic residues in forming amyloid plaques" (Poster)

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Jessica Rassau 2014

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.

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Cultural Ambassadors

Cultural Ambassadors

For many years, ECU Hispanic Studies majors have been selected as Cultural Ambassadors to teach English in Spain. In 2014-15, Robert Colson and Mario Becerra are serving as language and cultural assistants in Spanish schools. These cultural exchanges are transformative experiences, often leading our majors to pursue graduate education in country.

2013-2014
Cassidy Ann Cloninger: Úbeda (Jaén)
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital

2014-15
Robert Colson: El Palmar de Troya (Sevilla)
Mario Becerra: Mallorca, applying for MA programs in Spain
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital, accepted into an MA program in Spain

Students often pursue opportunities like this for a gap year between undergraduate and graduate school. They receive a work visa (apply from the Consulate in D.C), medical insurance, and a monthly stipend of ca. $1,000. The work commitment is approximately 12-16 hours per week.

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