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

AUBURN – Hanna Gordon, an Auburn University spring 2012 summa cum laude Honors College graduate with a major in French, has been awarded a Fulbright-French Ministry of Education English Teaching Assistantship.

Gordon will be placed in a middle school in the Besancon region of France. She is the third consecutive Auburn University student awarded the assistantship in France, following Kristen Snow in 2011 and Helen Hunter Robertson in 2010.

“Hanna’s desire to perfect her French language skills coupled with a sincere desire to embrace the French culture made her a strong candidate for the Fulbright,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. “It was a pleasure working with her throughout the application process.  She will represent Auburn University and the United States well during her time in France.”

In addition to her work with middle school students, Gordon plans to further develop her understanding and appreciation of French culture by enrolling in cooking classes. She intends to travel throughout the country in an effort to discover the diverse cuisines and meet local chefs to better understand French cultural traditions through food.

“Hanna is one of a kind!” said Samia Spencer, professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages in the College of Liberal Arts. “I have rarely encountered a student as motivated, as determined, and as excited about her studies as Hanna. Her passion for France, its language, its people and its culture is simply amazing. The Fulbright-France assistantship she is receiving is an honor she has earned and richly deserves. No one could be a more honorable ambassador of the United States in France than Hanna Gordon.”

Gordon will be joined by fellow Auburn graduate, Kaylin Stephens, who has been awarded the competitive Teaching Assistant Program in France assistantship, sponsored by the French Ministry of Education.

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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