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Six Russian Studies Students Honored With Awards

April 25th, 2014

Humanities Administrator

The Russian Studies Department announced that several undergraduates have recently won prestigious awards in the discipline. Joseph Babeu was awarded the Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Prize by the American Council of Teachers of Russian.  This is a national honor that recognizes a language student who embodies the best qualities of a post-secondary Russian student.

Five students received awards in the Fifteenth Annual Post-Secondary Russian Essay contest held at Brandeis University in January. Freshman Igor Berman received honorable mention in the category “heritage speaker, no prior formal Russian language education,” while senior Dave Benger received a bronze medal in the category “heritage speaker, 1-3 years of formal language education.” Seniors Anastasia Austin and Maria Alkhatsova as well as sophomore Daniel Shore received honorable mention also in the category “heritage speaker, 1-3 years of formal language education.”

Brandeis has participated in the contest since 2009, and every year our students’ essays are recognized by the judges.  In this year’s contest, there were 1004 essays submitted from 58 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. Three judges read each essay and independently ranked them.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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