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KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies honors top students

Friday, May 23, 2014

The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) recognized top Russian, East European & Eurasian region (REES) area studies students for academic excellence at a ceremony May 17.  CREES awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and awards to 16 students for Summer 2014 and Academic Year 2014-15 language and cultural studies pertaining to the REES region. These awards included:

  • Jason Ackerman, Randolph, New Jersey, a graduate student in the Department of History, received a CREES Academic Year 2014-15 FLAS Fellowship for $33,000 to study Polish.
  • Gwyn Bourlakov, Arvada, Colorado, a doctoral student in the history department, received a CREES Summer 2014 FLAS Fellowship for $7,500 to study Russian.
  • Elizabeth Burkum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, a graduate student in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, received a CREES Academic Year 2014-15 FLAS Fellowship for $33,000 to study Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian.
  • Alexandra Fisher, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a graduate student in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, received a CREES Summer 2014 FLAS Fellowship for $7,500 to study Ukrainian
  • Alexander Gerges, Leavenworth, a graduate student in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, received the 2014 Bramlage Family Foundation Scholarship for $3,000, an award given to KU REES students with strong connections to Kansas.
  • Robert Jameson, Saint Paul, Minnesota, a doctoral student in the history department, received a CREES Summer 2014 FLAS Fellowship for $7,500 to study Czech.
  • Deepak Jayaraj, India, a graduate student in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies received a 2014 Jarosewycz Award for $2,000 for continued study of Ukraine and Ukrainian studies.  He was also the recipient of the 2014 Palij Family Award for academic excellence in Ukrainian studies.
  • Alexander Kuhn, Shawnee, a senior co-majoring in Russian, East European & Eurasian studies and history, received a CREES Summer 2014 FLAS Fellowship for $7,500 and a CREES Academic Year 2014-15 FLAS Fellowship for $15,000 to study Russian.
  • Megan Luttrell, Marion, Maine, a doctoral student in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, received a CREES Academic Year 2014-15 FLAS Fellowship for $33,000 to study Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian.
  • Katrina Lynn, Gillette, Wyoming, a doctoral student in the history department, received a CREES Academic Year 2014-15 FLAS Fellowship for $33,000 to study Ukrainian.
  • McKinzey Manes, Overland Park, a sophomore majoring in global and international studies, received a CREES Academic Year 2014-15 FLAS Fellowship for $15,000 to study Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian.
  • Matthew Menzenski, Ithaca, New York, a graduate student in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, received a CREES Summer 2014 FLAS Fellowship for $7,500 to study Russian and a CREES Academic Year 2014-15 FLAS Fellowship ($33,000) to study Polish.
  • Michael Rose, Seymour, Texas, a graduate student in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, received a CREES Academic Year 2014-15 FLAS Fellowship for $33,000, to study Turkish.
  • Amanda Snider, Shelbina, Missouri, a graduate student in the anthropology department, received a CREES Academic Year 2014-15 FLAS Fellowship for $33,000, to study Turkish.
  • Michael Zeets, Olathe, a junior majoring in chemical engineering, received a CREES Summer 2014 FLAS Fellowship for $7,500 to study Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian. He was also awarded the 2014 George C. Jerkovich Scholarship for $1,500 for academic excellence in the study of Former Yugoslavia.
  • Lidiya Zubytska, Ukraine, a graduate student in the Department of Political Science, received a 2014 Jarosewycz Awar for $2,000 for continued study of Ukraine and Ukrainian studies.  

About CREES:

The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies is designated a Title VI National Resource Center for the study of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education funds the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program which provides up to $7,500 awards for summer language study at any eligible program throughout the world. Undergraduate Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide up to $10,000 for tuition and a $5,000 stipend. Graduate Academic Year FLAS Fellowships offer up to $18,000 for tuition and a $15,000 stipend.

For more information on CREES events and activities, visit www.crees.ku.edu


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