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Message from Global Languages Director Emma J. Teng

Dear Global Languages community,

Today we celebrate Commencement for the Class of 2021. A year to remember! Again this year, the ceremony will be virtual, and no doubt as remarkable in true MIT-style as last year’s. Though we continue to miss the traditional processions and assembly in Killian Court, the underlying joy, pride, and sense of achievement remain unchanged. So much has been achieved in the face of incredible challenges, making the successes of this year all the more meaningful. Your amazing accomplishments at MIT are symbolized in the turning of the Brass Rat – and nothing can change that! And so we salute your extraordinary achievements, Class of 2021! I know we will look back on this time with a real sense of triumph and pride.

From all of us here in Global Languages, we wish you a warm congratulations and hats off!

And to the rest of our students and all of us in Global Languages – here’s to finishing the remote year! We did it!!!  We hope you will have a relaxing summer and well-earned break. Thanks for continuing to do all that you do to make Global Languages the community it is.

My very best wishes,


Hats Off to Graduating Global Language Students

Global Languages gives special recognition to our graduating major, Joanna Lin (Biology/French). And hearty congratulations to the entire class of 2021, which includes 19 graduating Global Languages minors and 143 concentrators.

Congrats to Recipients of Global Languages Excellence Awards

Awarded annually, the MIT Awards For Excellence in Global Languages is presented to outstanding students who best reflect the unit’s goals for achievement of proficiency in language, cultural understanding and enthusiasm in language learning.

  • Anjali Nambrath, ’21, Course 8, received First Prize for her work in French.
  • Kylie Hansen, ’22, Course 8, received the Margarita Ribas Groeger Distinguished Scholar award, for her work in Japanese.
  • David Darrow, Course 18, ’22, received the Ellen Crocker Distinguished Scholar award, for his work in German as well as French and Russian.
  • Mojolaoluwa Oke, ’22, Course 2; and Silvia Cho, ’21, Course 7; are recipients of the 2021 Miyagawa Japanese Prize, awarded annually to students who demonstrate excellence in Global Languages Japanese classes.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch to German Excellence Awards Recipients

The German Studies Excellence Award  honors students who exhibit excellent language skills and creativity in the study of German language and culture in classes at MIT.

  • Stefan Damchevski ‘23, received First Prize
  • Sherry Nyeo ‘23; and Charles Roques-Carmes, G, received Second Prizes
  • Elie Cuevas, ’24; Jiahui Du, ‘23; Max Fan, ‘23; Haeri Kim, ’24; Sol Rodriguez Garnica, ‘22; Sophia Wang, ‘24; Christian de Weck, ‘23; Kristopher Vu, ’23; received Third Prizes

Congrats to Our DeCourtivron Writing Prize Recipients

The Isabelle de Courtivron Writing Prize is awarded annually to recognize high-quality undergraduate writing (creative or expository) on topics related to immigrant, diaspora, bicultural, bilingual, and/or mixed-race experiences. The prize was established to honor distinguished Professor Emerita Isabelle de Courtivron on the occasion of her retirement in 2010.

  • Eileen A. Liu, ’24, Course 18, received First Prize
  • Laura Rosado, ’22, Course 2A/21W, received Second Prize
  • Leyna Duong,’22, Course 5-7; and Rona Wang, ’22, Course 18, received Honorable Mentions

Salute to Our Students, Recipients of Other Awards

  • Anjali Nambrath, Laya W. Wiesner Award
  • Richard Colwell, MISTI Ambassador Award
  • Rian Flynn, Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Awards
  • Flor Garza, Albert G. Hill Prize
  • Asia Hipster, Albert G. Hill Prize
  • Kendall Garner, Ronald E. McNair Scholarship Award

And Congratulations Also to Phi Beta Kappa Nominees . . .

Phi Beta Kappa Society honors the nation’s most outstanding undergraduate students for excellence in the liberal arts. Only about ten percent of the nation’s institutions of higher education have been selected to have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and one of them is MIT. Congratulations to everyone nominated for 2021! But special “kudos” to the Global Languages students among those invited to joint this prestigious society: Boluwatife Akinola, Thiago Bergmaschi, Alexander Craig, Daniel Dangond, Korina Digalaki, Thao Dinh, Alexander Evenchik, Rian Flynn, Kendall Garner, Zhegnkai Huang, Alby Joseph, Sami Kaya, Yunxing Liao, Joanna Lin, John Lin, Gabriel Mintzer, Siam Muquit, Caleb Noble, Jessica Shi, Katherine Xiao, and Zixuan Xu

. . . Fulbright Recipients

Twelve MIT students have been awarded 2021 Fulbright Fellowships. The grants will support their research, graduate study, and teaching abroad in 2021-22. READ MORE. Our congratulations to all the students; but especially to two Global Languages students among the recipients: Anjali Nambrath, and Gretchen Eggers.

. . . and Burchard Scholars

The MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (MIT SHASS) has announced that 38 MIT undergraduate sophomores and juniors have been named as the 2021 Burchard Scholars. Congratulations to Global Languages students among then: Artharv Oak, Diane Zhang, Karna Morey, and Alana Chandler.