I am overjoyed to announce that senior, Joana Petrescu (’14 LAS), has been selected as a 2014 Marshall Scholar. A Villanova University Presidential Scholar from Warrington, Pa., Joana is the first Villanovan to receive this prestigious scholarship which will allow her to pursue post-graduate research in cancer biology at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Joana is a triple major, currently pursuing degrees in Biochemistry, French and Honors. Since her freshman year, she has participated in undergraduate research projects at Villanova, Thomas Jefferson University and most recently at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). As a sophomore, Joana was selected to participate in the highly selective CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program where she studied pediatric cancer and provided care to patients and their families in the clinic. She is currently completing her Honors Senior Thesis research at CHOP on the role of the DNA damage response in cancer. Joana was awarded the 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in recognition of her commitment to research. Joana eventually plans to pursue an MD/PhD in pediatric oncology.
Karolina Wolnicki, recipient of the 2013 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship. (http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship). The daughter of Miron Wolnicki, Associate Professor of Economics at Villanova, Karolina is a Spanish and Global Interdisciplinary Studies major who will use her Boren Scholarship to pursue Portuguese language studies at the Council of International Educational Exchange’s program in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in the Spring 2014 semester. In addition to being bilingual in Polish and English, Karolina has demonstrated her commitment to learning multiple languages, including Spanish, Arabic, and French, through her coursework and co-curricular activities. As a junior in high school, Karolina completed a ten month study abroad program in Badajoz, Spain. At Villanova, Karolina has travelled to Waslala, Nicaragua five times as a Spanish Interpreter for Villanova’s Nursing College’s Telehealth Project as well as Guatemala, San Salvador, and Chile for service trips. Karolina also serves as a Spanish Interpreter for Villanova’s Law School Clinic, working to support Hispanic immigrants. Furthermore, she has studied Arabic and French at Villanova and through a program in Morocco. Through her Boren experience, Karolina plans to enter the field of international affairs through the Foreign Service. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Laura Lovely, Spanish;
Stephen Marcaccio, French;
Nicholas Grassi, Italian.
French major, Alexandra Jeszeck was accepted into the TAPIF program through the French Government and will teach English in Guadalupe during 2013-14.