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Graduate Students Receive LAII Awards

April 23, 2018

Pictured left to right: Miguel Roman, Thomas Goebel-Mahrle, Jennifer Arnason and Diego BustosThe Spanish and Portuguese Department is proud to announce that four graduate students have been awarded LAII Fellowships!

MA candidates in Hispanic Linguistics, Miguel Roman and Thomas Goebel-Mahrle, and Dual MA Candidate in Spanish and Portuguese, Jennifer Arnason have received the FLAS Fellowship.  The FLAS Fellowship enables students to dedicate themselves to their studies, especially those studying uncommonly taught languages of Latin America.  Through the FLAS Fellowship, all three students hope to improve their Portuguese for future endeavors.  Miguel would like to improve his Portuguese and eventually work on educational resources for Portuguese speakers living in foreign countries.  Jennifer’s reasons for studying Portuguese are to reach the language level necessary to perform well in the dual M.A. degree that she will begin in the fall and hopefully have the opportunity to teach beginning Portuguese at UNM next year.  She would eventually like to utilize her Spanish and Portuguese skills to work for the U.S. Department of State, long-term.  With the Fellowship, Thomas will study Portuguese at the Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos in Rio de Janeiro and will spend six weeks there this summer. Upon his return to UNM, he will use the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship funds to study Portuguese at the graduate level, and will apply for the Dual Master’s Degree in Hispanic Linguistics and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.

LAII has also awarded, PhD candidate in Hispanic Literature, Diego Bustos the PhD Fellowship, which supports graduate students through their dissertation research and writing related to Latin America.  Diego will be using the award to finish his dissertation project. His comparative endeavor broaches the cultural politics of class in Brazilian and Colombian literature through an analysis of contemporary literature from both countries and the dialectic relationship between the emergence of new middle classes and the formation of a national imaginary of development.