National Fellowship Winners in Honors

national fellowship winners

In the 2012-2013 Academic Year, multiple Honors students and alumni won nationally competitive fellowships. The winners include:

Nicholas Bailes, LAS '13, Fulbright Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Studies to Brazil
Michaela Gaziano, LAS '13, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia
Rachel Glogowski, LAS '13, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to India
Russell Quinones, LAS '13, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain
Amy Richards, LAS '10, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Colombia
Joana Petrescu, LAS '14, Goldwater Scholarship for Biochemistry
Christine Fossaceca, COE '15, Boren Scholarship, Korean language, South Korea

In this current academic year, various scholarship recipients have been named, as well. Many more are anxiously awaiting the decisions of scholarship committees. An historical list of Villanova's fellowship winners can be found here.

These students, with the help of Villanova’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication throughout their various fields of study. A few of this current year's scholarship recipients are highlighted below, sharing their excitement for their upcoming experiences. 

Brendan Carchidi, LAS '17
Arabic Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Honors
Critical Language Scholarship, Arabic

The Critical Language Scholarship was instituted by the State Department to encourage the study of thirteen languages that they have deemed crucial to United States intelligence and security. This scholarship has become known as one of the most competitive language scholarships in the country, as only 500 of its more than 6,000 applicants are accepted. Freshman Brendan Carchidi’s scholarship is most impressive, as Chinese and Arabic are the most competitive languages in the program. As part of this scholarship, Brendan will be sent to Amman, Jordan, a location chosen for him by the State Department. During his time there, Brendan will participate in an intensive study of Arabic culture and of both classical Arabic and Jordanian Arabic in order to receive the certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score.

Brendan says that he is most excited to experience the current Palestinian-Israeli climate firsthand. “It is one of the most controversial situations in our world’s history, so it will be significant to be living in a culture that is so involved in this conflict.” Brendan explains that he has always had a passion for the Arabic language and culture and that the Honors Program has only helped him further his excitement for learning. “The Honors Program has helped me recognize my potential as a student and a leader…the professors, students, and staff have challenged me to explore my education with an open mind and heart in ways that I would never have imagined.”

Nicholas Ader, LAS '15
Biology, Biochemistry, Honors
Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established in 1986 by the United States Congress in order to encourage highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to pursue research in these fields. This scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences and is awarded yearly to 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide. 

This scholarship, however, is not the first encounter with a prestigious scientific research program for junior Nicholas Ader. Last year, Nick participated in the German science internship program called the DAAD RISE. This experience helped Nick decide that he wanted to pursue a career in scientific research. With the guidance of his mentors, Jane Morris of CURF and Dr. Aimee Eggler, Nick applied and was accepted into the Goldwater program. This program will provide Nick with the extra funding and recognition required for his research in molecular biology.

Nick explains that the Honors Program prepared him quite well for this research experience, through his enrollment in the Honors Natural Science Seminar. This course, required for all Honors thesis writers in the sciences, enhances students’ ability to write well as scientists. “This development of my writing skills was crucial for my Goldwater application and has helped me in other areas of my studies as well,” says Nick. He is excited about this scholarship, as it will allow him the opportunity to further his career ambitions in scientific research. “My goal is to eventually become a professor at a university like Villanova, where a balance can be reached between research and teaching.”

Interviews by Margaret Shull, LAS '16, Newsletter Co-Editor. Margaret is pursuing a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies and Honors, with Concentrations in Pre-Med and Healthcare Ethics.

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