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Becker MFLL-STEM Honors Thesis Award

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Gustave Becker, the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures each year sponsors an award designed to encourage seniors to write an interdisciplinary honors thesis combining mastery of an MFLL concentration and at least one STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). The competition takes place at the end of spring semester, and is open to any student writing an honors thesis as part of an MFLL major or  College Scholars thesis that includes strong MFLL and STEM components. The thesis must be guided from the outset and approved at the end by a committee including at least one faculty member each from MFLL and the chosen STEM field.  Students planning to submit theses should talk to their advisors as soon as possible, and notify MFLL of their intent to enter the competition once their plans are firm.  The award of approximately $1,000 will be announced each year after the end of Spring semester.  Deadline for submission of a thesis, approved by the committee: May 1. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for more information (

Sullivan Smoak:  “Cultural Influences on Pain and Pain Management in the United States and Germany” Committee: Stefanie Ohnesorg and Ed Schilling.

Alexandra Brito, “Effects of Language Immersion versus Classroom Exposure on Advanced French Learners: An ERP Study,”  Committee: Harriet Bowden, Ashley Harkrider, Greg Reynolds.

Blake Barton, "Medical Education through the Fiction of Julio Cortázar." Rudy Alcocer, mentor.

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