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Congratulations to Linda Zheng ('20)!

Zheng was selected for the Edward H. Prentice Award, which honors "a graduating senior who has demonstrated distinguished character, scholarship and contribution to the academic and extracurricular life of the University." Her many contributions include "Stone, Wood, Fire," a podcast that Zheng researched, hosted, and produced in connection to her work in Russian Studies and Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

2020 Awards in German Studies

Congratulations to Vera Wahlquist and Spenser Charles for receiving this year's Ursula H. Africa Endowment Awards for German Studies! Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

2019 Awards in German Studies

Congratulations to this year's winners of endowed awards in German Studies:

  • Michael Krawec—Paul R. Ewald Scholarship in German Studies
  • David Caspi and Liam Shanley—Ursula H. Africa Endowment Award
  • Maximilian Gerozissis and Ivanka Juran—Keith Nintzel Award for Excellence and Commitment in German Studies
Congratulations to Alexandra Feingold!

Alexandra Feingold has been selected for the Fulbright Austria US Teaching Assistantship program. In the fall she'll be heading to Linz, Austria, to teach English. Congratulations, Alexandra!

Congratulations to Bethany Maloney!

Bethany Maloney has been selected to participate in AATG's "Mit Deutsch in die Zukunft!", an intensive, 3-week pedagogical training seminar that will take place in Leipzig this summer.

Bethany has also been chosen as the recipient of the 2019 Claudia L. Bernardo Award for Excellence in the Humanities, an award given annually by Harpur College. Congratulations, Bethany!

Congratulations, Bethany!

Congratulations to graduating seniors in German and Russian Studies!

Congratulations to all graduating students in German and Russian Studies! We thank you for your excellent work and wish you all the best for the future!

Russian Studies Fulbright recipients

Graduating Russian major Alex Resnick and graduating Russian minor Benjamin Chen have received Fulbright Fellowships to teach English in Moldova and in Tomsk (Russia), respectively, in 2018-19. Graduating Russian major Briana Comuniello, winner of a 2018 American Council of Teachers of Russian Scholar Laureate Award, is a Fulbright alternate. Congratulations, Alex, Benjamin, and Briana!

Student work

Russian Studies student publications

The latest issue of the UC Undergraduate Journal of Slavic and East/Central European Studies features articles by Briana Comuniello ('18) and Jacob Sandman ('19). Briana's article, "Doctors, NGOs, and the HIV Epidemic in Russia," can be found here, while Jacob's "Mothers, War, and State in Twenty-First-Century Russia: The Issue of Reform and Accountability" can be found here. Congratulations, Briana and Jacob!

Ran Zhuo studying in Moscow

Russian major Ran Zhuo ('20) will spend fall '19 studying at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Congratulations, Ran, and enjoy!

Linda Zheng's summer research

Linda Zheng spent the summer of 2019 pursuing her research project on commemorating the Armenian Genocide both here in Binghamton and in Yerevan. Her work is supported by several programs, including a fellowship with the Summer Scholars and Artists Program.

2019 Olympiada

On April 6, Binghamton hosted the annual New York Undergraduate Spoken Russian Competition, in which students from five colleges – BU, Hobart/William Smith, Union, Vassar, U.S. Military Academy – competed in poetry recitation, speaking, reading and grammar. Four first-year students represented Binghamton: Julia DeMola, Katie McCarthy, Alexandra Reksten and Christina Thompson. All placed well and Alexandra Reksten placed first at first-year level. Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to Ran Zhuo!

Ran Zhuo won Bronze Medal at the Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. In this year's contest, there were 1366 essays submitted from 61 universities, colleges, and institutions across the country. Congratulations, Ran!

Summer in St. Petersburg

Benjamin Chen ('18), who spent the summer in St. Petersburg, had this to say about his experience: "But most of all, I was excited of the change I saw in myself. After six weeks, I improved myself as a person in so many ways imaginable. Now I speak better Russian, I am more confident, and I have a better sense of my goals and values. It is truly amazing how much you can learn about yourself when you step out of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith."
Hannah Lundeen ('16) described her time in St. Petersburg in this way: "Being able to spend the summer in St. Petersburg was the perfect way to complete my Russian major, and I cannot wait to go back." Read more about Benjamin's and Hannah's experiences here.

Alumni news

German students pursuing graduate studies

Hannah Sheridan ('18, double major in German Studies and linguistics) will be heading to Temple University in fall, 2020 to begin a Master's program in Speech, Language and Hearing Science in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders in the College of Public Health.

Annemarie Maag-Tanchak ('19, Art History major, minor in German Studies) will also be heading to Temple University this fall, to begin a Master's program in Art History and Arts Administration.

Matthew Dagele ('18, double major in Economics and German Studies) will begin a Masters of Communication in Digital Media at the University of Washington.

Zhiqing (Sasha) Chen ('20, double major in Geology and German Studies) will be starting a Master's Degree in Journalism at Georgetown University.

And Joe Vitale ('20, double major in History and German Studies) will be heading to Georgetown University in fall, 2021 to begin a Master's in German and European Studies.

Congratulations, Hannah, Annemarie, Matt, Sasha, and Joe! Best of luck in your graduate studies!

Why study Russian?

John Tilden ('91) recently visited his Alma Mater, and described his experiences studying Russian, and what he was able to do with it, in this way: "I studied Russian as an undergraduate because I wanted to learn a language that I knew would have global impact and serve as a gateway to a culture I knew very little about... As a part of my degree in English/Literature & Rhetoric, I earned a minor in Russian Language and Literature, studying Russian fiction and then-contemporary journalism in both English and Russian. My skill in the spoken language after three years of language study was enough to pass a State Department oral interview and be offered an entry-level contracted job at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow."

Congratulations to Lesia Hrycyna!

Lesia Hrycyna ('19) has accepted a position teaching English at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv for the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations Lesia!

Jack Strosser heads to Budapest

Jack Strosser ('19) is presenting a paper on how the Putinist model and social media influence far-right populism in post-Communist Hungary and Poland at the "1989 - We Could Be Heroes - 30 years after" undergraduate conference at Central European University in Budapest, August 21–23.

Alexander Resnick and Fulbright Prism

Alexander Resnick ('18) recently contributed to the launch of Fulbright Prism (, a resource for LGBTQ+ students pursuing a fellowship or academic program abroad. Nice work, Alexander!

Congratulations to David Keptsi ('18)!

David Keptsi ('18) will begin a paid research institute at the Cato Institute under Andrei Illarionov, "who was the former economic advisor to Vladmir Putin until he fled the country in 2006 due to his critique of Putin's authoritarianism." David wrote that, "On the application to this position, I wrote at length about my knowledge of Russian history and geopolitics as well as the influence that the book Crime and Punishment has had on my views. I do not think I would have gotten this position if I did not pursue a minor in Russian Studies."

Congratulations to Nina DePalma!

In May, 2017 Nina DePalma ('13) completed a graduate certificate in Russian Translation at American University.  Congratulations and best wishes in your career!

Congratulations to Andrei Shubin!

Andrei Shubin, IMP Russian major ('15), has received a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to teach English in Russia. Congratulations, Andrei!

Congratulations to Sean Flaherty ('14)!

Russian Major Sean Flaherty ('14) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship! In August '16 Sean began a ten-month stay in Kyrgyzstan. He worked in Jalal-Abad at the university, teaching English to college students and volunteering at an agricultural organization called ACDI/VOCA in Osh. Go find that on a map! Congratulations Sean!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Austin and Adina Blaszkowsky ('14)!

Elizabeth Austin ('14) began an MA in Russian Studies at the University of Virginia in fall 2015. Adina Blaszkowsky, BA in Russian Studies ('14), has been accepted to the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia for an MA in Elementary Education. She is a former TA for Russ 101-102 and participated in the First Annual BU Conference on Foreign Language Teaching in fall 2013.

David E. Wellbery ('69) at BUGSC
German Studies major Ben Fox in conversation with the 2015 BUGSC keynote speaker David Wellbery ('69).
David Wellbery (Harpur College '69) gave the keynote lecture on "The Tragic in Goethe's Faust." The Larry Wells Memorial Lecture is given annually to honor Professor Larry Wells, who taught in the German Studies Program from 1970 to 1998. The lecture series is made possible by support from the Wells Family, Doris Braun ('83), the Binghamton Alumni Association and the Harpur College Dean's Office. More information here.
Doris Braun ('83) at BUGSC
Alumna Doris Braun ('83) with Professor Rosmarie Morewedge.Alumna Doris Braun ('83) with Professor Rosmarie Morewedge, who directs the Binghamton exchange programs with the University of Graz in Austria and the University of Leipzig in Germany. Ms. Braun's generosity helps make BUGSC possible.

Last Updated: 8/20/20