Student Scholars

Minors in European Studies

Minor in European Studies

To be successful in today’s global world, students need to study the history, politics, culture, and languages of other nations. To assist students in this, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies administers the Minor in European Studies (MES). The MES program was designed to reward those students who take additional courses about Europe beyond their university and departmental requirements and who commit themselves to exploring topics of interest and relevance in the field of European Studies.

Read about the MES program

Nanovic Scholars, 2011/12

Our undergraduate students do exceptional and adventurous research abroad.

  • Philip Lettieri (’12), Barrett Prize for Best Undergraduate Proposal. On a small deserted Irish island, Lettieri is working with Professor Ian Kuijt (Anthropology) on what archaeological analysis of an abandoned Irish village can tell us about disease vectors and epidemiology. It turns out, the answer is “quite a lot,” and his research has implications and applications elsewhere. This is archaeological work with a normative dimension, and it is proposed, and being done, at an extremely high level. Congratulations to Philip on winning this year’s Barrett Prize, and kudos to Nanovic Fellow Ian Kuijt for his deeply engaged and expert advising.
  • Kelly McRaven (’13), Murphy-McMahon Scholar, traveled to London to compare British national security policy with its implementation and visual representation during the 2012 Olympics.
  • Qiancheng Lu (’14), Murphy-McMahon Scholar, traced the blending of western and eastern art in the monuments of Istanbul.
  • Suzanna Pratt (’13), Murphy-McMahon Scholar, studied the effects of UNESCO heritage management on local communities in Butrint, Albania.
  • Alexandra Soisson (’14), Snider Scholar, traveled to Finland to understand how Finnish teacher preparation and retention programs differ from those in the United States and attended the Global Conference on Creative Engagement, “Thinking With Children,” at the University of Oxford.
  • Morgan Iddings (’13), a Price Scholar, is traveling to Bulgaria to continue her research on consumption practices and is scheduled to present her research at the 2012 meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Pushkin Prize

Benjamin Eichler (’14, Economics) won the Pushkin Prize for Advanced Language Training in Russian for his proposal to study advanced Russian at the School of Russian and Asian studies in Irkutsk, Siberia.

Nanovic Graduate Fellows, 2011/12

The Institute is pleased to support six graduate students as Dissertation Year Fellows. Thanks to the generosity of Paul Tobin and Dominica & Frank Annese, these students are able to put aside their teaching for a year so that they can push their dissertations in European Studies to completion at the highest level of quality.

Paul G. Tobin Dissertation Fellowships for 2011/12

  • Natalia Baeza (Philosophy), “Adorno’s Negative Dialectics: Internal Consistency and Relevance to Contemporary Critical Theory”
  • Nicole Eddy (Medieval Institute), “Marginal Annotation in Medieval Romance Manuscripts: Understanding the Contemporary Reception of the Genre”
  • Margaret Garvey (Ph.D. in Literature), “Aristotle’s Body: Theater Directors’ and Theorists’ Engagement with Ancient Greek Concepts of Embodiment in Tragedy and its Performance”
  • Andrew Hansen (History), “Protestant Theology in Transatlantic Context: Germany, Britain and the United States, 1815-1890”

Dominica and Frank Annese Fellowship for 2011/12

  • Maria Rogacheva (History), “Soviet Scientific Intelligentsia from Stalin to Gorbachev, 1956-1985”