Student Accomplishments


Congratulations to our 2016 Philly Fellows!

Sabrina Photo

Sabrina Bernadel, who graduated with Bachelor of Arts in French and Francophone Studies and Psychology, is now a Philly Fellow and AmeriCorps VISTA working at a nonprofit called Year Up, a one-year workforce development program for young adults in Philadelphia.

Daniel Shea Photo

Daniel Shea, who graduated with a Double Major in Spanish and Sociology, is now a Philly Fellow and will be working with Association Puertorriqueños en Marcha, coordinating comminuty outreach and volunteer recruitment efforts for the organization's Food Buying Club program.

Congratulations to our Marshall scholars,  French and Francophone studies majors!

Jessica Eby, a Presidential Scholar, graduated Villanova in 2014 with a double major in Biochemistry and French. She completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant in Laos in 2015 and then enrolled at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently in her second year.  For her Marshall Scholarship, she is proposing to study epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and medical anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.

Joana Petrescu who was a Biology and French and Francophone Studies double-major got it in Fall 2013 and was the first ever Marshall Scholar from Villanova at the time. 


Resistance and Decolonization Book


Congratulations to Portuguese Alumni, Dan Wood, on the publication of his translation!

Dan Wood, a former student of Portuguese, has published his translation of Resistance and Decolonization, a book by the African revolutionary, Amílcar Cabral! Learn more about the book and how you can purchase a copy with a 30% pre-order discount at our blog here!

2015 Boren Scholars:



Ann Unsworth is a 2015 Boren Scholar who will be studying Portuguese at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique.

2015 Gilman Scholars:




Tri Nguyen is a 2015 Gilman Scholar who will study and research in San José, Costa Rica


Spanish Majors and Fulbright Scholars:




Brigid Connolly is a 2015 Fulbright Scholar who will be teaching English in Costa Rica.




Tiffany Ferrette is a 2015 Fulbright Scholar who will be teaching English in Colombia.



Rachel Finkelstein is a 2015 Fulbright Scholar who will be teaching English in Mexico.


Five RMLL Students Chosen to Become Members of Phi Beta Kappa!

Congratulations to Romance Language majors Anna Bauer (French), Brigid Connolly (Spanish), Rachel Strouse (French), Kimberly Tower (French), & Claire VanAsdale (Spanish) who were chosen to become members of Phi Beta Kappa this year! Phi Beta Kappa is the most prestigious National honor society in the Humanities in the United States for Scholarly Accomplishments. 



Ryan Morrison, Graduate Student in the Hispanic Studies Program,  was awarded a BRASA scholarship to study in Brazil this summer 2015. Mr.Ryan Morrison received a BA in History and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009.  BRASA is an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars who support and promote Brazilian studies in all fields, especially in the humanities and social sciences and is granted by the Brazilian Studies Association. The award attests for the high quality of  proposals,  selected among a large number of very good applications from different fields. The award amount is $1,500. 

Starfish Foundation Story by student Greg Branigan

GREG BRANIGAN, a double major in Biochemistry and Spanish at Villanova University, was granted the opportunity through Romance Languages and the Business School to visit Guayaquil, Ecuador last summer and to be part of the Starfish Foundation.  What follows is his story during his stay in Ecuador: 

* Starfish Blog.pdf
Greg's Story