Rebecca Lamb (French and Francophone Studies and International Studies, ’18) Receives the St. Onge Prize

The newest recipient of the prestigious St. Onge Prize in French and Fancophone Studies is Rebecca Lamb, a double-major in French and Francophone Studies and International Relations. The prize is awarded to outstanding students who are continuing their studies in graduate school. Rebecca has fond memories of her courses in French, particularly with Prof. Magali… Read More

Gabriella Carney (Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, ’18) and the Russian Folk Tradition in Music

Before I started my undergraduate career at the College of William & Mary, I figure skated competitively.  Taking lessons from a couple of Russian Olympians and skating to the popular Russian folk song “Kalinka” were perhaps the two main factors that launched my interest in studying Russian.  Little did I know that I would decide… Read More

Daniel Birriel (Japanese Studies and AMES, ’18) Explores Japanese Video Culture


Daniel Birriel is very interested in Japanese language and culture, and someday hopes to work for Nintendo localizing video games. These interests led him to focus his AMES Capstone Paper on how localization affects intercultural exchange and the response Japanese video game companies should take regarding this exchange. Understanding localization requires an understanding of how… Read More

Japanese Studies Program Awards Kinyo Prizes

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The Japanese Studies Program is proud to announce the recipients of Kinyo Awards for Excellence in Japanese language study for 2017 – 2018 academic year. The prize recognizes the hard work and achievement of the top student at each level of William and Mary’s Japanese language program. The awards are made possible through the generous… Read More

Arianna Afsari (Russian Studies, ’18) Receives CLS Scholarship to Study in Vladimir, Russia


Arianna Afsari has received the Critical Language Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, to study Russian. Arianna will participate in an intensive eight-week Russian language program in Vladimir, Russia this summer. Поздравляем!!! “I am so honored to receive this incredible opportunity to partake in Russian immersion this summer!,” Arianna said. “I encourage all… Read More

Bailey Orr (Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and English, ’18) accepted to PhD Program in Slavic Studies at Indiana

Over the past four years, much of my academic and extracurricular life on campus has revolved around Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. I have participated in student-led groups, such as the Russian and English language newspaper Gazeta and the Russian Music Ensemble. I lived in the Russian language house for two years. This year, I also… Read More

Rachel Dubit (Classical Studies and Italian Studies Minor, ’18) Defends Honors Thesis and Starts Graduate Studies at Stanford

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Rachel Dubit graduates in Spring 2018 with a major in Classical Studies (Latin) and a minor in Italian Studies. During her time at William & Mary, she has studied abroad in Italy twice and in Greece. In addition to Latin and Ancient Greek, she continues to study Italian literature and German language and will participate… Read More

Nicole Cook (International Relations and Chinese, ’18) receives Boren Scholarship


Nicole Cook is graduating with a double major in International Relations and Chinese Studies. About her undergraduate experience in the Chinese Studies Program at W&M and herplans for the future, Nicole states: “I feel beyond blessed to have been a part of the Chinese Studies Program all four years! I truly love the challenge of… Read More

Japanese Honor Society Inductees for 2018

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MLL and the Japanese studies program are proud to announce inductees into the Japanese National Honor Society for 2017 – 2018 academic year.  Among this year’s graduating class, three students have met the Society’s demanding criteria: completion of five semesters of Japanese language study (or their equivalent), all taken for a grade (rather than audited or pass-fail); a grade-point… Read More

Natalie Walter (German Studies and Art History, ’18) awarded Fulbright to Berlin


I took German for the first time my freshman year and had the opportunity to study abroad twice. My experience at the University of Potsdam, led by our own German Studies program, showed me both the challenges and the opportunities of language learning. I met some of my best friends, both from William and Mary… Read More

Michelle Hermes (German Studies and Government, ’18) Defends Honors Thesis and Receives the Austrian Fulbright ETA 2018-2019


Michelle Hermes is graduating as a Government and German Studies double major at the College, and hascompleted an honors thesis in the Government department. Through William & Mary’s German Studies Program, she has worked as a teaching assistant and a grading assistant for the department at the German 101-202 level. Through these experiences, she had the… Read More

Jesse Tanson (French and Francophone Studies, ’18) Receives Highest Honors for Thesis on French Hip Hop


Throughout his time at W&M, Jesse Tanson has studied a wide range of topics in French and Francophone Studies, including cinema, literature, and creative writing. Jesse studied abroad in Strasbourg through the IFE program and worked in cinema there. He was also the recipient of the French program’s most prestigious award: the McCormack-Reboussin scholarship, which supports significant undergraduate… Read More

Alex Wingate (Hispanic Studies, ’18): Into the Archive: Early Modern Libraries and Political Identities

Alex Wingate's Honors Thesis Defense at the Blue Room, Wren Building. From left to right: Prof. Noel Blanco-Mourelle, Prof. Francie Cate-Arries, Alex Wingate, Prof. Lu Ann Homza, Prof. Terukina

When she took Prof. Greenia’s class on the Medieval book as a freshman, Alexandra Wingate could not have imagined that she would eventually write an Honors Thesis on the political value of private libraries in Early modern Navarre. As a sophomore, Alex joined Prof. Greenia to do archival work at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at St. John’s… Read More

W&M Chinese Students Participate in the 17th Chinese Bridge Speech Contest

Three W&M students from the Chinese Program went to Boston to participate in the 17th Chinese Bridge Speech contest (East USA Preliminary) last Saturday at U Mass Boston. We achieved a great success! Michael Briggs (白杨)won the 2nd place and Grace Klopp (格蕾丝)won the 3rd place in the Beginners Group. Emily Pearson-Beck(李美丽) won the 2nd… Read More

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