College of Liberal Arts Seniors awarded Fulbright and French Ministry of Education Teaching Assistantships

Kristen SnowAUBURN – Kristen Snow, a senior in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a Fulbright-French Ministry of Education Teaching Assistantship to teach in France for the academic year 2011-12. Snow will be placed in the Académie de Rennes where she will be assigned to one or more schools in the region.

“Kristen is a well-rounded woman in every sense,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. “She has an impeccable academic record in two challenging majors, French and English; a strong sense of who she is as a person and what responsibilities that entails; and a zest for life and making global connections. In addition, she is an accomplished musician.”

A member of the Honors College with a 4.0 grade point average, Snow is Auburn’s third consecutive Fulbright Student Scholar, following Rebecca Ludvigsen, Germany, 2009, and Helen Hunter Robertson, France, 2010.

“There is so much more to language than just words and grammar – language reveals how people view the world, and teaching a language facilitates a broadening of perspectives and cultural exchange for both the student and the teacher,” said Snow in her personal statement. “I hope that through teaching English to young French students, we will be able to share an exchange of cultures similar … one in which the lives of everyone involved will be intellectually and culturally enriched.”

In addition to Snow, five other College of Liberal Arts seniors have received assistantships to teach in France. Abigail Hess, Nadia Mazaheri, Rachel Naftel, Sigourney Smith and Allison Thompson have been awarded the competitive Teaching Assistant Program in France assistantship sponsored by the French Ministry of Education.

“These students are well-rounded young women who will be good ambassadors from Auburn,” said Samia Spencer, professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages. “The year they will spend in France will prepare them well for their respective career choices.”

Each year the Fulbright Scholarship program and the French Ministry of Education allot 50 applications for the Fulbright-French Ministry of Education Teaching Assistantship. To be eligible for the award, the student must complete a Fulbright Scholarship application which requires a detailed project proposal and personal statement. The applicant must also submit three letters of recommendation, a letter certifying fluency in French and an interview with the campuswide selection committee.

(Written by Carol Nelson.)

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