Awards & Recognition 2022

Graduating Majors

Central & East European Studies

Szonya Shackelford
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Russian Language & Literature

Anastasia Izmailova

Gemma Taylor
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Russian Studies

Alexis Hill

Camille Lanese

Tyler Le

Joseph Matveyenko

Juliette Oliver

Graduating Minors

Central & East European Studies

Mina Cvjetinovic

Marko Danilovski

Nikola Nikolic
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Russian Language

Kristine Carrillo

Jamie Davis

Jack Gobel

Meri Makhmuryan

Elyse Ostroske

Helen Senchev

Polina Vorobyeva
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Russian Literature

Mari Jrbashyan

Excellence in Russian, East European & Central European Studies Award

UCLA Department of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Languages & Cultures

Kristine Carrillo and Nikola Nikolic

Clara & George Vajna Award for Excellence in Hungarian Studies

Emma Mathew and Alex Roy

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

Juliette Oliver

Undergraduate Research Week Presentations

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Undergraduate Research Week poster

US – Russia Foundation Diversity Think Tank Scholarship: Juliette Oliver

UCLA Russian Flagship Program

1. UCLA Russian Flagship Domestic Course of Study
Jamie Davis, Lily McBeath

2. Continuing with the Flagship Capstone year in Almaty, Kazakhstan: Kristine Carillo, Camille Lanese, Juliette Oliver, Elyse Ostroske

3. 2021-2022 Flagship Capstone completion, graduating in 2022
Certified Flagship Global Professionals: ______________________________
Certified Flagship Global Professional with Distinction: ______________________________

4. Boren Fellowship for year-long Russian language study abroad 2022-2023: Kristine Carillo, Camille Lanese, Lily McBeath, Juliette Oliver, Elyse Ostroske

5. Flagship Scholarship for summer study of Russian: (Almaty, Kazakhstan):
Kurtis Yan (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Adele Hall (Yerevan, Armenia)

National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest

Cate Hwang: Gold medal, Non-heritage speakers, Level 3

Kaichen Ying: Honorable mention, Non-heritage speakers, Level 3

Alexis Hill: Silver medal, Non-heritage speakers, Level 4

Lily McBeath: Bronze medal, Non-heritage speakers, Level 4

Viktor Chanchykov: Honorable mention, Native or heritage speakers of a Slavic language other than Russian and of languages of the former Soviet Union, Level 2

Meri Makhmuryan: Honorable mention, Native or heritage speakers of a Slavic language other than Russian and of languages of the former Soviet Union, Level 3

Gayane Simonyan: Bronze medal, Native or heritage speakers of a Slavic language other than Russian and of languages of the former Soviet Union, Level 3

Jake Korf: Silver medal, Heritage speakers, Level 1

Michelle Zvansky: Silver medal, Heritage speakers, Level 2

Anastasia Izmailova: Honorable mention, Heritage speakers, Level 3

Artem Rossin: Gold medal, Heritage speakers, Level 5

Anna Sharudenko: Gold medal, Heritage speakers, Level 6

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

Eight UCLA students participated in the 25th annual University of California Undergraduate Conference on Slavic and East/Central European Studies

Mollie Brown: Literary Responses to the Legal Reforms of Tsar Alexander II: A Progressive Move for Russia, but was It Enough?

Alexis Hill: A Comparison of LGBT Activism and its Effects in Russia and the Czech Republic

Anastasia Izmailova: Resisting Identity Suppression through the Act of Writing in Zamyatin’s We and Orwell’s 1984

Camille Lanese: The Role of the Soviet Union in the Atmosphere of Corruption in Putin’s Russia

Juliette Oliver: Angola Then and Now: Investigating Soviet and Russian Intervention in the Country

Edna Bella Salčin: The Consequences of Genocide Denial in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nina Vukcevic: The Struggle for Serbia: The Power of Grassroots Organizing for Environmental Justice in Serbia

Kurtis Yan (he/him, UCLA), “Dyad of Vladimirs: The Eastern Orthodox Church as a Political Actor from Kievan Rus’ to Contemporary Russia.”