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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.

Former Recipients of the Hardré Award

2018 Andrew Clark

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

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.

Former Recipients of The Camões Prize for Excellence in Portuguese

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.

Former Recipients of the Kyser Award

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.

Former Recipients of the Reed Gabriel Ignizio Award

The Graduate Teaching Fellow Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Each year, undergraduate students nominate a Graduate Teaching Fellow from French, Italian and Spanish.

Former Recipients of the Graduate Teaching Fellow Awards

Romance Studies maintains three chapters of National Honor Societies for its students:

Pi Delta Phi
(ΠΔΦ)

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
(ΣΔΠ)

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.

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Martha Alexander, Dr. Cristina Carrasco, and Dr. Tamara Cabrera.

Gamma Kappa Alpha
(ΓΚΑ)

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.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amy Chambless