One of my role-models in undergraduate mentoring, my colleague, Cristina Schmitt from the Linguistics program at MSU, was just awarded the first Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award for Michigan State University. This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers. Cristina always mentors undergraduate researchers in her lab and also as part of the Undergraduate Research Initiative at MSU. Additionally she has started a national undergraduate conference in linguistics here at MSU. Congratulations, Cristina! Well deserved.
2012-2013 has been filled with excitement in the German program. In the summer Theresa Schenker, my amazing Doktorkind, completed her dissertation on virtual exchanges and started her position as Language Program Director in the German program at Yale University. During the summer I oversaw the Freiburg Graduate Student Abroad experience for our incoming cohort of PhD students. Mark completed an internship with the Kunstverein and Adam with the Kinder- und Jugendbuchabteilung der Stadtbibliothek – both conducted research and prepared teaching materials based on their research and internship experiences. Over the winter break the German program was awarded the Center for Excellence Status by the American Association of Teachers of German. To read more about the exciting things going on in German, check out the Fall2012Newsletter.