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Students Accomplishments

  • Jessica Wamala
    Jessica was recently awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Jessica graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in May 2013, with majors in political science, Arab and Islamic studies, and Global interdisciplinary studies. She has just completed her M.A. in political science at Villanova. Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, on Saturday announced the names of the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States. Jessica Wamala (Milford, N.H.) became the third Villanova University student-athlete in the institution’s history to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.
  • Fiona Grugan
    As an IGIS and Latin American Studies Double-Major, Fiona won the prestigious Alejandro Reyes Scholarship Competition for 2012. The Alejandro Reyes Scholarship Award is given annually to a junior for excellence in Latin American Studies by the Pan American Association of Philadelphia. The winner is chosen by a competition among students from the area colleges and universities. Fiona was presented with the Award and a check for $1,500 on April 12 at the Union League of Philadelphia during the celebration of the Pan American Day Event by the Pan American Association.
  • Casey Richards
    An IGIS graduate in 2013, Casey Richards was awarded the Gilman Scholarship for her studies abroad in Japan. In addition to the Gilman Scholarship, Casey Richards was offered a prestigious State Department Internship.  Casey’s internship will take her to the Marshall Islands. Her blog contains detailed information for other students who plan to travel abroad in Japan.
  • Jerisa Upton
     Jeris was a 2014 graduate with an IGIS and Honors major and a minor in Chinese Studies.  She was also a Presidential Scholar and Critical Language Scholar. She was selected as a 2012 Boren Scholar to study abroad in China through CIEE's Advanced Chinese Studies Program at Peking University during the 2013 spring semester.  Jerisa began her study of Chinese independently through self study in seventh grade and tested into Advanced Chinese as a freshman at Villanova. Receiving the Critical Language Scholarship as a freshman, Jerisa demonstrated her commitment to intensive language study and understanding Chinese culture, politics and beliefs through full immersion.
    During the summer of 2011, Jerisa participated in a Chinese Speech Contest at Beijing Normal University and was awarded third place out of the 42 contestants in the category.
  • Weddy Worjroh
     IGIS and Sociology major Weddy Worjorh was awarded the Villanova Fulbright Scholarship for 2012-13.

  • Hayley Aron
    A Japanese Studies student,  (JPN Intermediate class) was accepted by Critical Language Scholarship Program. Hayley , who is minoring in Japanese in the Japanese Program, IGIS (Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies), was granted a scholarship from the Overseas Research Centers Council of America through the U.S. Department of Education to study in Japan in the summer of 2012. This is a very competitive scholarship and we congratulate her on her accomplishment.
  • Kali Cook, Rachel Horton, Manhattan Ishimi, Hyo Youn Kim, Patrick Borja-Navarrete and Matthew Virts.were 2012 JNHS-CC inductees from Villanova University. These students were in the Japanese Program, IGIS (Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies), were inducted by AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese) for the 2011-2012 academic year.
    The Japanese National Honor Society – College Chapter (JNHS–CC) recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese language. The American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) is pleased to assist teachers with a way to recognize their outstanding students, to maintain high standards in Japanese language education, and to promote activities that give students ways to use their language skills on their campuses and in their communities.
    Students who are nominated for membership receive Certificates of Excellence and red-and-white cords to wear at graduation, and they are recognized on the AATJ website and in its newsletter. Sponsoring instructors also receive recognition.

  • Amy Richards,  GIS 2010, wanted to forward the link to her travel blog for her trip through South America... check it out!


Our GIS junior Hannah Egan shares her blog about her study abroad experience in Jordan.