Tanya Raymond, program coordinator for MIT-Germany (left) presents certificate to Jenny Li.

The German Studies Excellence Award at MIT, sponsored by Global Studies and Languages (GSL) and MISTI-Germany, was started in 1997 to honor students each academic year who exhibit unusually strong skills and effort in the study of German language and culture in courses at MIT.

Each year, students in MIT classes submit a piece of coursework demonstrating original and creative excellence in German Studies. The awards are decided by a jury of faculty from the German program. The first prize is a round-trip flight to Germany. Numerous other prizes on the beginning and advanced levels are awarded.

The Awards celebration was attended this year by distinguished guests Elizabeth von Wagner of the German Consulate General Boston and Dr. Christine Möller-Sähling of the Goethe-Institut in Boston, as well as Tanya Raymond, the program coordinator for MIT-Germany.

The following students were awarded prizes for the Academic Year 2018:

First Prize: Jenny Li (New York, NY);

Second Prize: Andrea Blankenship (Saline, MI) and Felipe de Quesada (Mexico City, Mexico);

Third Prize: David Silverstein (Media, PA), Thomas Close (Barre, MA), Sam Winslow (Charlottesville, VA), Anna Martinez (Miami, FL), Saba Jabri (Tunis, Tunisia), Kaleigh Hunt (Humphrey, NY), Janille Maragh (Kingston, Jamaica), Tiffany Nichols (Manassas, VA).