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Recognitions, June 13

Students Off to Russia, South Korea, Morocco on Critical Language Scholarships

Three students have been awarded scholarships to travel abroad to study languages that are imperative to the United States’ future security and stability.

The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Scholarship recipients are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and to apply their critical language skills in their future careers.

This year’s Critical Language Scholarship recipients will study Russian, Korean, and Arabic.

Thirteen Students Named Congressional Interns for Summer and Fall 2018Senator Bob Corker and UT student Turner Matthews

Thirteen students have been named Congressional interns for summer and fall 2018. The Congressional Internship Program allows students to work with Tennessee’s legislators in Washington, DC.

The Center for Career Development administers the program selection and helps prepare students for the experience.

This summer marks the most students who have participated in the program in UT’s history.

These interns will work directly with members of the Tennessee Congressional Delegation to enhance their understanding of public policy and governance procedures and their impact on our state. They will also learn about critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and leadership, and career management and professionalism.

Students Awarded $9,000 in Grants for Impact Internships

UT students are passionate about making a positive impact on society through their careers. More than 55 percent of undergraduate students say they want a career that allows them to be dedicated to a cause or feel they are serving the greater good.

The Center for Career Development offers an Impact Internship grant designed to assist students in unpaid or low-stipend internships while developing necessary professional experiences for careers in fields such as civic engagement and public policy, economic impact and business development, community and international development, education access and achievement, health access and awareness, and environmental sustainability.

“The grant allowed me to defeat the greatest obstacle in furthering my experience and education in northern Uganda for the summer of 2015—the funds to get there. The grant paid a huge portion of the total expense of the journey, which has expanded my passions and options for my future in the field of social work,” said Kirsten Fox, a student studying social work and Africana studies who participated in the Acholi Education Initiative in Gulu, Uganda.

Sculpture Graduate Receives Outstanding Student Achievement AwardErica Mendoza, a 2018 graduate of the MFA studio art program in sculpture

Erica Mendoza, a 2018 graduate of the MFA studio art program in sculpture, was awarded the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2018.

The International Sculpture Center established their annual student award program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field. More than 138 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs from 8 countries nominated a total of 354 students, from which 17 recipients and 18 honorable mentions were selected by a distinguished panel of judges.

Nancy Henry’s Women, Literature and Finance in Victorian Britain: Cultures of Investment to be Published by Palsgrave Macmillan

Nancy Henry‘s Women, Literature and Finance in Victorian Britain: Cultures of Investment will be published by Palsgrave Macmillan in 2018.

Women, Literature and Finance in Victorian Britain: Cultures of Investment defines the cultures that emerged in response to the democratization of the stock market in nineteenth-century Britain when investing provided access to financial independence for women. Victorian novels represent those economic networks in realistic detail and are preoccupied with the intertwined economic and affective lives of characters. Analyzing evidence about the lives of real investors together with fictional examples, including case studies of four authors who were also investors, Nancy Henry argues that investing was not just something women did in Victorian Britain; it was a distinctly modern way of thinking about independence, risk, global communities and the future in general.

School of Architecture Professor Honored as Founding Member of Urban Land Institute in NashvilleUrban Land Institute 10th anniversary celebration

School of Architecture Professor Thomas K. Davis was honored as one of the three founding members of the Urban Land Institute Nashville during the institute’s 10th anniversary celebration in May.

Urban Land Institute is an international organization that “provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide,” according to ULI Nashville’s website.

The celebration included the Excellence in Development Awards, which honored Davis as well as two other founding members, alumnus Hunter Gee (B.ARCH ’94), a principal of Smith Gee Studio, and Bert Mathews, a distinguished Nashville developer