Awards & Recognition (2017)


Graduating Majors
Maria Asatria
Taylor Freitas
Liana Ghahramanyan
Persia Goudarzi
Heleana Melendez
Lola Mitsuk
Alejandro Mosqueda


Graduating Minors
Julio Barragan
Nomondalai Batjargal
Viktoria Brown
Leon Figueroa
Alyssa Gee
Simon Golub
Yuting Ma
Zachary Meeks
Khushnora Satybaldiyeva
Linna Sun
Faye Tager


Excellence in Russian, East European & Central European Studies Award
UCLA Department of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Languages & Cultures
Heleana Melendez
Kathleen Robbins


Clara & George Vajna Award for Excellence in Hungarian Studies
Gyorgy Goloman
Shane Perez


Polish University Club at Los Angeles Scholarship
Natalia Dudek


Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award
American Council of Teachers of Russian
Thomas Galgani


Certificate in Russian Language & Culture for STEM majors
Leon Figueroa
Persia Goudarzi
Stephany Kim
Jeon-Wong Lee


2017 UCLA Undergraduate Research Week
Participants

Persia Goudarzi
“Alliances of the East: How the Interplay between NATO Enlargement and Russia’s Balance-of-Power Policy Has Undermined Western Interests”

Heleana Melendez
“Under their Roof: The Normalization of the Russian Mafia and its Effect on Russian Society”

Kathleen Robbins
“The Eurasianist Appeal: How Neo-Eurasianism Justifies Putin’s Foreign Policy”


UCLA Russian Flagship Program

Graduating from the UCLA Flagship (domestic)
Julio Barragan
Taylor Freitas
Persia Goudarzi
Heleana Melendez
Eric Mendoza
Claire Pfitzinger

Continuing with the Flagship Capstone year in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Thomas Galgani
Alexandra Guerrero
Stephany Kim
Kathleen Robbins

Boren Fellowship for year-long Russian language study abroad
Thomas Galgani
Alexandra Guerrero
Kathleen Robbins

Gilman Scholarship for Russian language summer study (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Logan Kim

Critical Language Scholarship for Russian language summer study (Vladimir, Russia)
Persia Goudarzi

Flagship Scholarship for Russian language summer study (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
Nicole Bugrim
Evaristo Capalla
Meagan Ford
Morgan Hansen
Logan Kim
Leanna Kramer
Melissa Miller
Brittany Minnis-Lemley

Stephen O. Lesser Russian Flagship Award For the Best Reflective Essay on a Summer Studying Russian Overseas (Summer 2016)
First place: Leslie Ro
Second place: Stephany Kim, Kathleen Robbins
Third place: Cameron Matthews


2017 National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest
American Council of Teachers of Russian
UCLA Recipients

Heritage Russian, Level 1, Silver Medal
Ekaterina Anoufrieva

Heritage Russian, Level 1, Bronze Medal
Ekaterina Clark
Khusnnora Saltybaldiyeva

Heritage Russian, Level 1, Honorable Mention
Svetlana Kalinina
Jeannette Fields

Heritage Russian, Level 2, Silver Medal
Nicole Bugrim

Heritage Russian, Level 2, Bronze Medal
Maxine Pokras

Heritage Russian, Level 4, Honorable Mention
Filipp Krasovsky

Heritage Russian, Level 5, Bronze Medal
Diana Artashesyan
Iana Kazantseva

Heritage Russian, Level 5, Honorable Mention
Olga Viter
Alexandra Yashina


UC Undergraduate Conference on Slavic & East/Central European Studies
UCLA Participants 

Yana Demeshko
“A New Shadow Over the Kremlin: Reasons for Church and State Backing of the Muscovite Statue of St Vladimir”

Daniel Dobrin
“LGBT – A Story of Oppression and Attitudes”

Meagan Ford
“A Historical Analysis of United States Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1917-1920”

Taylor Anthony Freitas
“Mistaken Identity: Why Realism Fails and Constructivism Succeeds to Understand Russia”

Persia Goudarzi
“Alliances of the East: How the Interplay between NATO Enlargement and Russia’s Balance-of-Power Policy Has Undermined Western Interests”

Cassidy Henry
“Vowel Harmony in Kazan Tatar”

Heleana Melendez
“Under their Roof: The Normalization of the Russian Mafia and its Effect on Russian Society”

 Lola Mitsuk
“Russian Science Fiction Space Cinema: From Unreality to Reality”

Alejandro Sanchez Mosqueda
“Russian Injectable Narcotic Users and the Never-ending Cycle with the Medical Industry”

Mihai A. Popescu
“Decriminalizing Corruption in 2017: The Romanian Government’s Efforts to Escape Justice through Emergency Ordinance 13”

Kathleen Robbins
“The Eurasianist Appeal: How Neo-Eurasianism Justifies Putin’s Foreign Policy”

Samantha Yaghmaee
“Architecture in Budapest”

Sophia Yaghmaee
“Paul Erdős: The Story of a Man Who Loved Numbers”