Awards & Honors
Awards & Honor Societies
The Jacques Hardré Prize for Excellence in French
The Department gives a certificate and a $2000 cash prize to the most outstanding student in French. The award is presented at the Chancellor’s Award Ceremony held each spring.
2017 Anna Taylor
2016 Renata Barsanti, Rachel Poulin
2015 Abby Dennison
2014 Austin Cooper
2013 Annie Segal
The Sterling Stoudemire Award & Prizes for Excellence in Spanish
The Department gives a certificate and a $2000 cash prize to the most outstanding student in Spanish. The award is presented at the Chancellor’s Award Ceremony held each Spring. In addition, smaller cash prizes are given to outstanding students in Spanish during the Department’s awards/commencement ceremony.
Former Recipients of the Stoudemire Award & Prizes
The Camões Prize for Excellence in Portuguese
The Department gives a certificate and a $2000 cash prize to the most outstanding student in Portuguese. The award is presented at the Chancellor’s Award Ceremony held each spring.
2018 Trevor Hair
2017 Joseph May
2016 Jared Parker Scruggs
The Kimberly Kyser Award for Excellence in Italian
The Department gives a certificate and a cash prize of varying amounts to the most outstanding students in Italian. The award is presented at the Department’s Award Ceremony held each spring.
The Reed Gabriel Ignizio Award
Recognizes an outstanding Carolina Covenant Scholar who has demonstrated excellence in upper-level courses (beyond 204) in a Romance Language. The recipient does NOT need to be pursuing a major or minor in that language.
The Graduate Teaching Fellow Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Each year, undergraduate students nominate a Graduate Teaching Fellow from French, Italian and Spanish.
Romance Studies maintains three chapters of National Honor Societies for its students:
Pi Delta Phi
The National French Honor Society. Members of Pi Delta Phi must have completed three French courses numbered 260 or above with grades averaging “B” or better at UNC-CH or in one of the UNC-at-Montpellier Programs.
French courses taken at another university do not count towards this requirement. If you have participated in another study abroad program and completed advanced-level courses for which you did not receive graded credit, you may count one of these courses towards the 3-course requirement.
There is a one-time initiation fee of $30. Invitations will be issued and formal induction will take place toward the end of each semester.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dorothea Heitsch.
Sigma Delta Pi
The Italian Honor Society. Students are nominated for membership in Gamma Kappa Alpha by the instructors of undergraduates.
The National Hispanic Collegiate Honor Society. The installation of the Zeta Psi chapter of Sigma Delta Pi took place May 1, 1968. It was followed by the initiation of two Socios Honorarios–Sturgis E. Leavitt and Sterling Stoudemire–and fifteen Socios Fundadores. Since that date and under the directorship of its founder, María A. Salgado, the chapter at Chapel Hill has continued to hold yearly meetings and initiations. At the present time, the chapter has initiated over 400 members, including Spanish playwright Antonio Buero Vallejo and fiction writer Francisco García Pavón. Among the benefits of belonging to the Honor Society are scholarship and travel awards given for merit.
Members must have completed 3 semesters of work, must have taken a Spanish literature or civilization course above Spanish 260, and have an overall average of 2.75 and 3.0 in Spanish.
To accept your nomination, please click here.
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Martha Alexander, Dr. Cristina Carrasco, and Dr. Tamara Cabrera.
Gamma Kappa Alpha
This organization recognizes outstanding scholastic performance “outstanding scholastics performance in the fields of Italian language and literature,” and encourages students “to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of, Italian culture.” Students are asked to contribute a one-time induction fee of $15. Inductees receive a certificate of membership.
To accept your membership, please click here.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amy Chambless