The Department of Spanish and Portuguese presents awards for outstanding students in the areas of writing, community engagement, and general excellence in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The following Departmental Awards are presented at the end of each academic year at the Spanish and Portuguese Majors Reception for graduating seniors.
Emilia Navarro Award for Excellence in Spanish
Professor Emilia Navarro, a scholar of early modern Spanish literature, taught at Emory from 1968 to 2000. She passed away in 2007. This award recognizes the graduating senior in our program who has shown overall excellence in all aspects of the major.
2016-2017 Jason Ehrenzeller
2015-2016 Dalila Vázquez Herrera
(pictured with Prof. Karen Stolley)
2014-2015 Thomas Mark Cassaro
2013-2014 Kevin Arthur Applegate and Clara Eve Wynn
2012-2013 Caroline Elizabeth Bass
2011-2012 Michael Allen Wassef
2010-2011 Corey Moser
2009-2010 Anna Catherine Mersereau
2008-2009 Rachel Rebecca Koval
2007-2008 Seema Lal Balani
Carlos Rojas Award for Excellence in Writing
Prolific author and Professor Emeritus Carlos Rojas taught 20th -century Peninsular Literature at Emory from 1960 to 1996. This award recognizes the graduating senior in our program who has shown overall excellence in written Spanish, both in terms of grammatical and stylistic rigor and also the development of a strong and fluid authorial voice.
2016-2017 Joseph Benevento
2015-2016 Aileen Monica Ann Rivell
(pictured with Prof. Lisa Dillman)
2014-2015 Sara Alicia Guasch
2013-2014 Arielle Hannah Friehling
2012-2013 Rocio Castaneda
2011-2012 Jessica Emilia Wahi
2010-2011 Richard Christopher White
2009-2010 Marki Lea Guzlas
2008-2009 Jessica Sellinger
Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
This award recognizes the graduating senior in our program who has shown excellence in programs related to Emory’s community of scholars, students and friends of Hispanism and/or the Atlanta Latino community.
2016-2017 Clarisa Isabel Hernandez
2015-2016 Margaret Elizabeth Quinn
(pictured with honorable mention Mandeville Wakefield and Prof. Vialla Hartfield-Méndez)
2014-2015 Olivia Nee’cole Payton
2013-2014 Maura Claire Lewandowski
2012-2013 Jazmin K. Simmons
Award for Excellence in Lusophone Studies
This new award was created in 2016 to recognize a student who shows excellence in all areas of studies of the Portuguese language and the Portuguese-speaking world.
2016 - 2017 Hugh McGlade
2015-2016 Sana Aziz Hashim
(pictured with Prof. Ana Catarina Teixeira)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Student of the Year
This award recognizes the student in our program who has most demonstrated what we try to foster in the Program: the combination of academic excellence, experience living in diverse countries in the region, and commitment to the issues that affect the region’s inhabitants.
2016 - 2017 Jose Santiago Bolaños
2015-2016 Laila Melia Atalla, Brian Delgado, and Elijah Preston Goodman
(Brian Delgado and Laila Atalla are pictured with Prof. Robert Goddard)
2012-2013 Samuel Antonio Molina
2011-2012 Ellen Corinne Woodcock
2010-2011 Carlos Marquez
2009-2010 Laura Oropeza