Awards, Scholarships, Prizes

ACADEMIC PRIZES

The Bronson-Thomas AwardGerman 425/426 students

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These prizes were established through the bequest of $1,000 by Thomas Bertrand Bronson, class of 1881, in memory of Calvin Thomas, who served as first chair of the department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and was a great pioneer in the field of German Studies generally. Calvin Thomas was a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan from 1878 until 1896.

The Bronson-Thomas competition was first held in 1929, and has been held annually ever since.

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Adam Ajlouni (2007) Daniel L. Kehoe (1987)
Hayriye A. Aka (1998) Stephanie A. King (1970)
Chelsea Ams (2005) Gisela C. Koch-Weser (1956)
Lori K. Anschuetz (1972) Phillip L. Kraft (1989)
Jennifer D Bahner (1999) Catherine Labrenz (2008)
Cynthia M. Ball (1960) Eugene C. Langhans (1941)
James Bamsch (1987) Donna G. Latus (1976)
David N. Banush (1987) Michael N. Leonard (1995)
Grant R. Barrett (1993) Jian-Cheng Lew (2002)
Richard N. Baum (1968) Jonathon Lim (2005)
Robert Berris (1938) Bradford L. Livingston (1976)
Emily Bier (2008) Anna-Maria B. Ludecke (1994)
Kathryn E. Birbeck (1983) Jean A. Lugers (1964)
Christopher Bond (2001) Katharine A. Mahnke-Thomas (1990)
Sarah S. Bonnen (1944) William P. Mallick (1941)
Hildegard G. Braun (1937) Joseph C. Manica (2000)
Kyle Brouwer (2006) Jonathan Martin (2007)
Thomas A. Brusstar (1983) Robert P. Martin (1996)
Marjorie L. Burke (1943) Diane F. Matcheck (1985)
Lindsay Butler (2001) June L. Miller (1946)
Todd Carmody (2001) Alex Nagle (2006)
Joan B. Carrington (1949) Martha C. Nash (1972)
Robert Chitoiu (2005) Frederick C. Noon (1981)
Elaine G. Chottiner (1968) Claudia S. Obermueller (1989)
Stacey Cilenti (2004) Mary L. Oglevee (1956)
Aileen Collins (1992) Judith Oppenheim (1961)
Bridget Conlon (2007) Joellyn Palomaki (2002 & 2003)
Jane E. Davis (1943) Rosalie L. Pielemeier (1941)
Roberta C. Dresden (1945) Arnold H. Price (1935)
Joseph R. Dwaihy (1999) Sonali Rajan (2001 & 2002)
Robert T. Eberwein (1961) Shelby D. Rector, M.D. (1944)
Sophia L. Ellis (1947) Angkana Roy (1998)
Stephanie A Ettinger (1994) Robin Russell (1974)
Gertrude Frey (1940) Murray E. Satz (1936)
Emery E. George (1954) Jessica M. Schlick (1993)
  Patricia Schuster (2008)
James Gerber (1985) Terry L. Segal (1978)
Eileen M. Gerber (1985) Erin K. Sellman (1997)
Colvin L. Gibson (1938) Karen T. Seriguchi (1966)
Rolf Guenther (1934) Thomas W. Shelton (1991)
Alyce M. Haas (1966) Herbert C. Sholler (1952)
James Hanson (1987) Rosa Silverman (1938)
Nancy R. Hanson (1987) Timothy E. Sobota (1992)
William W. Hediger (1950) David Spencer (2002)
Dana Heitz (2003) Carol J. Stroud (1958)
James F. Hennerty (1970) Douglas Swarts (2003)
Janet E. Herter (1978) Joan K. Thomas (1952)
Rebecca B. Hoggan (1995) Sally B. Thompson (1936)
Max W. Holden (1958) Lloyd W. Wedberg (1954)
Maryly S. Hossain (1964) Lauren E. Wehr (1990)
Clarissa C. Howe (2000) Sanford R. Weimer (1962)
John Hughes (2006) Gale M. Weisenbarger (1968)
Ursula M. Johnson (1948) Joyce A. Williams (1962)
Joyce A. Jonik (1974) Ralf Wilms (1981)
Jacqueline Jung (1991) Julie M. Wolf (2000)
Gerald T. Kangelaris (1996) Liang Ya-Ting (2003)
James Kehoe (1987) Michele Zwolinski (1997)

Past Winners of the Bronson-Thomas Award We know that this list is incomplete, and would appreciate help filling in the gaps!

German Translation PrizesGerman 499 students

 

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The German translation Prize is awarded during semesters that "German 499: Workshop on Translation" is taught. All  German 499 students choose a German text that is particularly important to them personally and work on their projects throughout the semester, with feedback from the class as a whole, small groups, and the instructor. The semester-long projects are then submitted to the GDS Executive Committee for consideration.

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2011/2012 1st Prize: Mona Logarbo
2nd Prize: Nora Stone
3rd Prize: John Gies

 

 

History of German Science PrizeGerman 375 students

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The History of German Science Prize is awarded during semesters that "German 378: History of German Science" is taught. German 378 students work on a final project of their own design. Final projects may be research- and/or experiment-based and the project is intended to further students' interests in the history of science. Students may work individually or as part of a team. The best final project is awarded the prize.

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Winter 2012

1st Prize: 
Adam Eickmeyer for his project on "Varicoceles" 
Sicheng He for his project on "Predicting Canine Size"

2nd Prize: 
Joey Gurrentz and Christopher Hoef for their project on "Reenacting Humboldt's Experiments"

Fall 2011 Brent Keeley and Gaurang Garg
Jordan Blough and Yubo Wu
Winter 2011 Tonia Gooden: "The Octave Illusion with Respect to Handedness"
Raymond Strobel: "Wöhler's Synthesis of Urea"

 

Huron High School German ScholarshipIncoming students

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A $1,000, one-time scholarship per award recipient.  The scholarship will be disbursed the semester following successful completion of the criteria for the scholarship. For example, if the award recipient completes two semesters of German at the University of Michigan during the 14-15 academic year, the scholarship award will be disbursed during the following fall semester (fall, 2015).

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Graduates of Huron High School who complete at least 2 (two) semesters of German language with a grade of C or better during their undergraduate years at the University of Michigan. Students must also have taken German at Huron High for at least one year, and graduated in the year of the application.

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May 15 of each year with award notification by May 30 for students entering the University of Michigan the following fall.

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Must complete a formal application and recent high school transcripts.  A application can be picked up at Huron High School.  It becomes available every April.

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Applications are reviewed in May by the scholarship committee.

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The University of Michigan Huron High School German Scholarship was established in 2010 by an anonymous donor to foster the understanding and learning of German language and culture.

Kothe-Hildner PrizeGerman 102-232 students

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These prizes were endowed by the Department's great benefactor Hermann Kothe in honor of his former teacher Jonathan A. C. Hildner (BA U of M 1890, MA 1893), who was further remembered in the following obituary from The Michigan Alumnus:

"Beloved Jonathan A. C. Hildner, '90, A.M. '93, Professor of German, who was known as 'Dad' to his students, alumni, and other friends, died in Wyandotte, Mich., January 25. He has been living there since his retirement in 1938, and had suffered a broken hip a week before his death.

Besides teaching German, 'Dad' Hildner served as an advisor to foreign students on the Campus for more than twenty years. In the classroom he taught by means of song and other informal methods. Editor of many German texts, his best-known work was his edition of Goethe's Goetz von Berlichingen."

Past Winners of the Kothe-Hildner Prize We know that this list is incomplete, and would be grateful for help filling in gaps.

1930s
Theodore W. Hildebrandt ( 1939 )
Martin W. Kisel ( 1939 )

1940s
Catherine N. Brown ( 1940 )
Sidney Milgrom ( 1940 )
Ann Hamilton ( 1941 )
Roger C. Norton ( 1942 )
Frederick W. Stanton ( 1942 )
Britta H. Bonazzi ( 1943 )
Sarah S. Bonnen ( 1943 )
Robert L. Taylor ( 1944 )
Lois E. Allison ( 1945 )
Evelyn A. Hufnagel ( 1945 )
Beatrice D. Miller ( 1946 )
Robert W. Dumm ( 1946 )
William J. Miller ( 1947 )
Carroll G. Barber ( 1947 )
Bernard M. Bueche ( 1948 )
Sybil A. Widmann ( 1948 )

1950s
Eugene H. Freier ( 1950 )
Carolyn C. von Voigtlander ( 1951 )
Albert Kaljee ( 1951 )
Carola Faltermeier ( 1952 )
Howard D. Cameron ( 1953 )
Ruth E. Brede ( 1953 )
Ann M. Shelley ( 1954 )
Olgerts Puravs ( 1955 )
James D. Stasheff ( 1955 )
Caroline Dieterle ( 1956 )
Sharon M. Bubel ( 1956 )
Dan I. Slobin ( 1957 )
William R. Denison ( 1957 )
Peter M. Gottschalk ( 1958 )
Edward M. Plater ( 1958 )
Phyllis K. Herrick ( 1959 )

1960s
David L. Smith ( 1960 )
Lloyd C. Fell ( 1960 )
Sue A. Lehrke ( 1961 )
Marcia M. Malvern ( 1961 )
James A. Mason ( 1961 )
Richard G. Larry ( 1962 )
Phyllis G. Swayzee ( 1962 )
John B. Delos ( 1962 )
Jan E. Brundige ( 1963 )
William N. Layher ( 1963 )
Dennis K. Kenaga ( 1963 )
Emelyn B. House ( 1964 )
Erika R. Greenfield ( 1964 )
Paula E. Miller ( 1964 )
Arlin E. Brown ( 1964 )
Martha E. Medlar ( 1965 )
Richard B. Kepes ( 1965 )
H. Elaine Kirn ( 1965 )
Thomas J. Grier ( 1966 )
Robert J. Shiller ( 1966 )
Petra Y. Trendelenburg ( 1966 )
Gale M. Weinbarger ( 1967 )
Gale M. Weisenbarger ( 1967 )
Jane E. English ( 1967 )
Rebecca J. McArtor ( 1967 )
Lizbeth J. Curme ( 1967 )
Graham R. Dixon ( 1969 )
K. David Schultz ( 1969 )
Michael D. Detmer ( 1969 )
Robert B Hopper ( 1969 )

1970s
Eileen M. Liska ( 1970 )
Margaret J. Davidson ( 1970 )
Mary D. Jona ( 1971 )
Joann J. Schmidt ( 1971 )
Marlene Otter ( 1971 )
Kathleen M. McGuire ( 1972 )
Peter A. Hellstedt ( 1972 )
Julie L. Howe ( 1972 )
Robert Crum ( 1973 )
David T. Barick ( 1973 )
Terrilee A. Hutter ( 1973 )
Deborah D. Melton ( 1974 )
Janet L. Miller ( 1974 )
Michael H. Zaroukian ( 1974 )
Linda S. Hunt ( 1974 )
Janis M. Roese ( 1976 )
Ku Pansy ( 1976 )
David M. Carlson ( 1976 )
Pansy Ku ( 1976 )
Jennifer L. Stockton ( 1977 )
Marsha A. Yockey ( 1977 )
Anita Martin ( 1978 )
Mary B. Hardwicke ( 1978 )
George Lavdas ( 1978 )
Joy E. Hoffman ( 1979 )
Mary L. Rabaut ( 1979 )

1980s
Betsy L. Anderson ( 1980 )
Juliette A. Rosenthal ( 1980 )
Paul A. Fitzsimmons ( 1980 )
Margo J. Syrja ( 1980 )
Dean M. Sanderson ( 1981 )
Rebecca S. Schroth ( 1981 )
Harry D. Hochmann ( 1982 )
Dale L. Adelmann ( 1982 )
H VanValkenburgh ( 1982 )
Hunter N. Van Valkenburgh ( 1982 )
Susan L. Jones ( 1983 )
Jill M. Jesperson ( 1983 )
Eileen M. Gerber ( 1983 )
L Bloam ( 1984 )
Laird Bloom ( 1984 )
Linda L. Larson ( 1984 )
Robert M. Scanlon, Jr. ( 1984 )
Charles T. Eppright ( 1985 )
James L. Vana ( 1985 )
David N. Banush ( 1985 )
M Omnischak ( 1986 )
Mary M. Onischak ( 1986 )
Susyn R. Potoroka ( 1986 )
Michael Mazzuchi ( 1987 )
Michael McFalls ( 1987 )
James Szalma ( 1987 )
Amir Kats ( 1988 )
Lynda Walter ( 1988 )
Pegeen A. McGhan ( 1988 )
Kathleen F. Fee ( 1989 )
Julie Taple ( 1989 )
Julie K. Stapel ( 1989 )
Chris White ( 1989 )

1990s
Matt Latimer ( 1990 )
Mark Tulkki ( 1990 )
Anindya Roy ( 1990 )
Richard M. Cundiff ( 1990 )
Laurel L. Edison ( 1990 )
Cheryl Zckowski ( 1991 )
Courtney E Lemon ( 1991 )
Jessica M. Schlick ( 1991 )
Margaret Treadwell ( 1992 )
Jeffrey A Medlin ( 1992 )
Timothy E. Sobota ( 1992 )
Christopher W Chang ( 1992 )
Jack R. Smith ( 1993 )
Robert P. Martin ( 1993 )
Gloria K. Tsuen ( 1993 )
Michael J. Socks ( 1994 )
Scott F. Heil ( 1994 )
Susan E. Sharp ( 1994 )
Meredith L. Grashoff ( 1994 )
Tamar L. Mason ( 1994 )
Elizabeth A. Schmitt ( 1994 )
Jessica B. Smith ( 1995 )
Erin K. Sellman ( 1995 )
Ann M. Jarvis ( 1995 )
Murat G. Kirdar ( 1996 )
David M. Telehowski ( 1996 )
Richard Harpster ( 1997 )
Yuka Muto ( 1997 )
Melissa Hamann ( 1998 )
Kathryn J. White ( 1998 )
Nicholas R. Halaris ( 1999 )
Rhiannon K. Biddick ( 1999 )

2000
Kiev Blasier ( 2000, 2001 )
Amy Coughlin ( 2000 )
Margie M. Pierce ( 2000 )
Shannon Curtis ( 2000, 2001 )
Matthew Ross ( 2000 )
Kirsty Greer ( 2000 )
Gregory W. Zatirka ( 2000 )
Jason A. Voss ( 2000 )
Gregory W. Zatirka ( 2000 )
Shaun Williams ( 2000 )
Angela H. Holloway ( 2000 )

2001
Sara McMullen-Laird ( 2001 )
Mike Lutkus ( 2001 )
Wairimu Njuguna ( 2001 )
Rebecca Parks ( 2001 )
Daniel Clark ( 2001 )
Sydney Bridges ( 2001 )
Michael Cutri ( 2001 )
Jeff Gehringer ( 2001 )
Daniel Shoup ( 2001 )
Onur Gura ( 2001 )
Luke Smith ( 2001 )
Corey Hilton ( 2001 )
Thomas Worth ( 2001 )
Jonathan Van Oss ( 2001 )
Njuguna Wairimu ( 2001 )
Melissa Kolle ( 2001 )
Sarah Weiger ( 2001 )
Jian-Cheng Lew ( 2001 )
Kathryn Welsh ( 2001 )
Thomas Leidecker ( 2001 )

2002
Nicole Arnold ( 2002 )
Kelly Anderson ( 2002 )
Sanin Alic ( 2002 )
Nathan Mikula ( 2002 )
Katty Pernick ( 2002 )
Adam Cristescu ( 2002, 2003 )
Jeffrey Ratusznik ( 2002 )
Cara Monterosso ( 2002 )
Ina Barnola ( 2002 )
Adam Brown ( 2002 )
Paul Padesky ( 2002, 2002 )
Michal Ostrowski ( 2002 )
Russell Poleyn ( 2002 )
Emily Renz ( 2002 )
Scott Rudolph ( 2002 )
Shanna Salin ( 2002 )
Michael Samples ( 2002 )
Filip Francz ( 2002 )
Soo-Young Sohn ( 2002 )
So-Young Soo ( 2002 )
Bethany Van Hooser ( 2002 )
Aaron Kelley ( 2002 )
Rebecca Underwood ( 2002 )
Bilge Kiran (2002)
Soohoo Lee ( 2002 )
Joseph Le Favi ( 2002 )

2003
Travis Annatoyn ( 2003 )
Troy Piegols ( 2003 )
Daniel Bachmann ( 2003 )
Erica Carter ( 2003 )
Carrie Magin ( 2003 )
Mark Oppenlander ( 2003 )
Mindy Chilman ( 2003 )
Ethan Rein ( 2003 )
Nevila Pahumi ( 2003 )
Kerbie Reader ( 2003 )
Alex Nagle ( 2003 )
Kate Napier ( 2003 )
Josh Burge ( 2003 )
Sailakshmi Ramesh ( 2003 )
Kathryn Roeder ( 2003 )
Brianne Dobush ( 2003 )
Pat Dodson ( 2003, 2004)
Kimberly Drougal ( 2003 )
Megan Eaton ( 2003 )
Rob Rudolf ( 2003 )
Eric Rybczynski ( 2003 )
Jeffrey Fielhauer ( 2003 )
Ann Gallogly ( 2003, 2004)
Alexis Serote ( 2003 )
Matthew Graham ( 2003 )
Brian Sokul ( 2003 )
Devon Heltsley ( 2003 )
Susannah Still ( 2003 )
Kelly Swarts ( 2003 )
Jeff Kahn( 2003 )
Ryan Thomsen ( 2003 )
Katherine Hunter ( 2003 )
Janelle Torres ( 2003 )
David Uhrig ( 2003 )
Erica Volltrauer( 2003 )
Annie Warehime ( 2003 )
Nathan Weatherup( 2003 )
Carol Kirkpatrick ( 2003 )
Rachel Lang ( 2003 )

2004
Jamie MacLeod ( 2004 )
Kaytie Beasley ( 2004 )
Andrew Coleman ( 2004)
Andy Petrovich ( 2004)
Lea Caster ( 2004 )
Adam Chartier ( 2004 )
Tarek Dika ( 2004 )
Brendon Rhoades ( 2004 )
Rahul Sumant ( 2004 )
Alison Beehr ( 2004 )
Bethany Goad ( 2004 )
Michael Rakiter ( 2004 )
Erin Diesel ( 2004)
Benjamin Remos ( 2004 )
Kevin Dombrowski ( 2004 )
Michelle Carroll ( 2004 )
Tabatha Ruddy ( 2004 )
Jacqui Fenner ( 2004 )
Jamie Fortier ( 2004 )
Ethan Smith ( 2004 )
Tom Halvorson ( 2004)
Mikhail Somov ( 2004 )
Bryan Spence ( 2004 )
Razili Stanke-Koch ( 2004 )
Brandon Hemmings ( 2004 )
Ted Whitehead ( 2004 )
Tyler Klein ( 2004 )
Jen Stone ( 2004 )
Judy Tsang ( 2004 )
Chih-Long Hu ( 2004 )
Kristal Kilgore ( 2004 )
Steven Tessman ( 2004 )
Jacquelyn Zacny ( 2004 )
Joseph Lucas ( 2004 )

2005
Joe Balistreri ( 2005 and 2006 )
Russell Agan ( 2005 )
Andy Cheng( 2005 )
Jon Cook (2005 )
Kaytie Beasley ( 2005 )
Aaron Reina ( 2005 )
Matt Daniels ( 2005 )
Shilpin Mehta ( 2005)
Kevin Higgins ( 2005 )
Mara Terwilliger ( 2005 )
Bob Johnson ( 2005 )
Andrew Wesolek ( 2005 )
Becca Weber ( 2005 )
Carol Jantsch ( 2005 )
Jia Lim ( 2005 )
Steve Zekany ( 2005 )
Tony Zenn ( 2005 )

2006
Erik Bobeda
Andrew Peterson 
Anne Mathews
Brad Palchesko 
Caitlin Gerds 
Jun Ha 
Sarah Scheitler
Tony Heaphy 

2007
Lauren Garleff
Paul Webb 
Joe Gamalski 
Colin Forgacs 
Andrew Kirwan 
Derek Kauserud 
Jay Lonski
Robert Davis

2008
Alex Franz
Brian Hurd
Marshall Poland 
Ian Rust
Erica Saunders
Dominique Segura-Cox 
Carillon Joy Skrzynski
Steven Taylor
James McClenathen
Katie Hensley 

2009
Caroline Becker 
Allison Born
Alyssa Chambo
Steven Clark
Kyle Humble
Jonathan Krause
Alex Kremzier
Kim Michalik 
Denise Thompson
Jacob Wimmer
Alec Wilson
Christopher Yee

2010
Chris Dan 
Paige Galecki 
Mark Gordon 
Brendan Green
Jane Greg
Nathan Hegenauer
Shannon Housley
Gage Hudak 
Jordan Jackson 
Sam Jones
Jarrett Kelsey
Nathan Layle
Chase Lee
Raymond Mahaffy
Joana McKeoun
Jennifer Moore
Levi Morris
Chris Park
Charlie Pawlik
Marie Rowland
Jordan Stern
Tyler Tinsey
Kevin Wroblewski
Jessica Zacny
Bailey Zurawski

2011
Mark Beams
Helena Budnik
Millie Clarke
Sam Cope
Lauren Crawford
Mike Fortin
Shane Freeman
Jeffrey Leonard
Andrew Loynes
Joanna Thelen
Ivy Ulrey

2012

John Borger
Luke Bruski
William Burton 
Dillon Coplai
Taylor Dodson 
Isaac Droscha
Billie Fierros
Jeremy Gram
Mary Hirt
Brian Johnides
Brianna Jordan 
Anna Kemeny
Ryen Krusinga
David Maclaren
Heidi Madagame 
Allison McDonald
Jamie Monville
Rebekkah Munchow
Kahlin Naidoo
Colin O'Neil
Kevin Roach
Matt Schaefer
Michael Simsa
Cherice Todd

 

The Martin Haller AwardGerman Honors students

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Brian Alkire (2011) Dadong Yan (2011)
Kathryn Bauss (2000) Erin Krumrei (2001)
Rene L. Bebeau (1983) Rachel Latvala (2000)
Ian G. Beilin (1990) Emily L. Luplow (2000)
Shannon Beutel (2001) Peter McIsaac (1989)
Rhiannon Biddick (2001) Lucas Millheim (2001)
Michael J. Cavnar (2002) Joellyn Palomaki (2003)
Grace Chen (2001) Ewa Pawlak (2001)
Sean J. Cotter (2000) Phongphaeth Pengvanich (2000)
John P. Delmore (1997) Michelle Poniewozik (2001)
Steven A. Erisch (2000) Robert M. Scanlon, Jr. (1986)
Claire Felezak (2001) Carol A Scherer (1985)
Douglas P. Finkbeiner (1994) Kristin Schmidt (2001)
Andrew M. Floyd (1999) Murat Seyhan (2000)
Pil Sun Ham (2001) Bryan M. Shaver (2000)
Geoffrey A. Hanson (2000) Benjamin W. Sturm (2000)
Andrew M. Jones (2000) Miasha Wilson (2001)
Kristen J. Karolle (1993) Julie M. Wolf (2000)
Andrew P. Kasten (2000) Karen E. Wolpert (1992)
Paul R. Keese (1982) Kelly L. Worman (2000)
Lara A. Kelingos (1993) Dicle Yazar (2001)
Colleen Kelly (2003) Ta C. Yen (2000)
Kimberly A. Khalsa (2000) Laurel J. Zwissler (1998)

 

STUDY ABROAD AWARDS

Arati Sharangpani Memorial Award

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The Arati Sharangpani Memorial Award provides scholarships to undergraduates each year. The award is for German majors who wish to participate in the study abroad program in Tübingen during the winter term.

Arati became a student at the University of Michigan in the Fall of 1993, where she pursued a double major in German and Organizational Studies. On January 9, 1997, Arati was offered a job in marketing with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. She perished in a plane crash returning from Ohio that same day. Arati's star shone too briefly, but the light it cast will continue to burn in the hearts and minds of those who knew her. In dedicating this award to her memory, it is hoped that Arati's life will serve to inspire others who will never have known her to act now to make a difference.

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Students must be German majors and plan to study in Tübingen during the winter term. Students are expected to complete a Baden-Württemberg scholarship application through CGIS. Those who receive the Baden-Württemberg scholarship are excluded from receiving the Sharangpani Memorial award. Students who receive the Sharangpani award will receive half of the award in January and the remaining half will be awarded after a thank you letter has been written to Mr. and Mrs. Sharangpani upon arrival in Tübingen.

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Students are expected to complete a Baden-Württemberg scholarship application through CGIS by mid-November. In 2014, all students studying in Tübingen will receive financial assistance either through the Sharangpani Memorial award or the Baden-Württemberg scholarship. Students should work closely with the German Department’s Undergraduate Advisors, Kalli Federhofer and Andrew Mills. 

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After decisions about the Baden-Württemberg scholarship have been announced, the Sharangpani Memorial award decisions will be made. We anticipate these decisions to be made by mid-December.

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Arati Sharangpani was born in Baroda, India on March 3, 1975. Her name, which means "offering to God," befitted the happy baby girl who was a gift to those around her. When Arati was two years old, her family moved to Holland, Michigan, where she was raised. The middle sister of three, Arati was the most outgoing and was involved in many activities - from school band and tennis to local community theater. She spent her senior year of high school as an exchange student in Germany. The idealistic young woman who returned was awed and excited about how much larger her world had become, and she was full of ideas about how to "make it a better place."

Arati became a student at the University of Michigan in the Fall of 1993, where she pursued a double major in German and Organizational Studies. She also led a full and varied campus life beyond academics. She was a respected member of the Indian American Student Association, of which she was vice president in 1995 and 1996. In Mary Markley Hall, she served as an outstanding Resident Advisor for two years, as well as being a facilitator for the 21st Century Program. While being active at the University, Arati still found time to volunteer for local community organizations.

On January 9, 1997, Arati was offered a job in marketing with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. She perished in a plane crash returning from Ohio that same day. The "Arati Sharangpani Lounge" in Markley Hall was dedicated on March 15, 1998 in honor of her memory and her service to the University community.

Arati's star shone too briefly, but the light it cast will continue to burn in the hearts and minds of those who knew her. In dedicating this award to her memory, it is hoped that Arati's life will serve to inspire others who will never have known her to act now to make a difference.

 


Jaimie Cavanaugh pictured in the Arati Sharangpani Lounge, Mary Markley Hall

 


::Recipients::

Year Names
2014 Curtis Hill, Alexander Porzondek
2013 Austin Davis
2012 Sandy Herman, James Craven, Tucker George Gaegauf
2011 Adam Powers, Hannah Stocker, Nicholas (Chip) Switzer, Emma Zinn
2010  Lauren Furey, Cole Miller
2009 Devin Harte, Teresa Kilmer, Neil Matouka, Andrew Rinek
2008 Tabitha Berry, Jessica Holler, Shane Redman, Nelly Schwartz
2007  Jaimie Cavanaugh, Jennifer David, Scott DeOrio
2006 Stephanie Becker, Robert Karshner, Rebecca Patterson
2005 Lindsay Kariniemi, Caitlin Light, Timothy Riffe
2004 Carrie Fritz, Eric Ludwig, Lee Riddle
2003 Meredith Danowski, Melissa Morrow, Emily Renz
2002 Sonali Rajan, Daniel Schmidt, Shaun Williams
2001 Natalie Ammon, Clarissa Howe
2000 Andrew P. Kasten
1999 Angkana Roy
1998 David M. Schmitter

 

Valentine C. Hubbs Memorial Scholarships

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Valentine C. Hubbs (1925-1985)

The Department is pleased to be able to offer one or more scholarships for students participating in Michigan's Junior Year Abroad the the University of Freiburg. These scholarships are funded by an endowment created by his colleagues, family, alums and other friends in honor of Valentine C. Hubbs, who directed the Freiburg Program, and felt great affection for both the institution and the students who went abroad with him.

The University's memorial of Professor Hubbs is reproduced below. We invite colleagues, alums, and friends to contribute their recollections of him for this website.

The University's Memorial to Valentine C. Hubbs

"On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1985, just two weeks before his sixtieth birthday, our esteemed colleague Charles Hubbs died in Ann Arbor after suffering a stroke. His colleagues and students in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures were stunned by the suddenness of his departure in the prime of life, carrying on to the last the multiple activities of a dedicated teacher, researcher and scholar, devoted husband, and avid sportsman.

Charles Hubbs graduated from Hofstra College in 1950 and completed his Ph.D. at New York University in 1959. In the same year he was appointed Instructor in our department, rising to the rank of Professor in 1971. He served as Chairman of the department from 1970 to 1976, as well as on numerous committees throughout the College. His name is perhaps most closely tied to the University's Junior Year in Freiburg with which he has been associated uninterruptedly since 1966, and many hundreds of our alumni remember his helpful advice and his warm, gentle humor.

As a scholar and teacher, Charles represented the important era of German Romanticism, and numerous articles and editions bear witness to his life-long interest in that literary period. Another area of research that fascinated him was the history of Hessian troops in America, culminating in his book Hessian Journals, published in 1981, recently translated into Japanese. As editor of the journal Michigan Germanic Studies, he was admired for this painstaking attention to style as well as the collegial way in which he took on additional burdens voluntarily, such as the co-chairmanship of the Martin Luther Quincentennial Conference in 1983, the proceedings of which have since been published. At the time of his death, he was working on a new volume on the German dramatist Heinrich von Kleist.

Charles Hubbs will be remembered as a gentle and devoted family man, a scholar of international standing, an efficient administrator, and popular teacher. He will be missed by his colleagues and his students."

-Gerhard Dünnhaupt

::Recipients::

Year Name
2010 Cassandra Basler, Julie Harning, Anita Sidler, Allyson Stieber, Benjamin Throesch, Katie Wood
2009 Brian Alkire, Carl Burhop, Joseph Feldpausch, Paul Kaser, Alyson Schramm, Claire Sloma,
2008 Andrew Nicholson
2007 Gregory Green, Gabriel Pompilius
2003 Michael Lutkus
2002 Brandee Brewer, Jonathan Lim,
2001 Adam Bowser, Brent A. Carlson, Anne De Filippis, Aaron Fales, Nicole Ladopoulos, Maria Pobre, Rita Schiesser, Kristin E. Wolf, Cora Yeung
1999  
1998 Raymond Malewitz
1997 Christopher J. Roetlin
1996  
1995 Joel N. Custer, Lael Easton, Ann M. Jarvis, Michael N. Leonard, Nerissa Marbury, Daniel Nolan, Sara Poggi, Shantha Rau, Michael N. Leonard, Jennifer S. Rissi, Lynette Roth, Erika A. Schimik, Joshua Wyss
1994  
1993 Sarah Wiedyk, George T. Young
1992 Namiko Hara
1991 Christie L. Havlik, Kristen J. Karolle, Kevin E. Schnell
1990 Desiree Baron, Richard W. Chamberlin, Tom A. Ebels, Linda K. Fischer, Brad E. Jensen, Stephen J. Tonks

 

INTERNSHIP AWARDS

Mechthild Medzihradsky Scholarship

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Our beloved Program Assistant and internship coordinator, Mechthild Medzihradsky, passed away after a long illness on December 18, 2001. Mechthild had been a member of the Department continuously since 1982.

The Department has established a fund in her honor: the Mechthild Medzihradsky Scholarship Fund, which will be used to help support undergraduates doing summer internships in German-speaking countries.

Her obituary from the Ann Arbor News is below. We also invite anyone who knew Mechthild to contribute their recollections, which will be added to those below.

Mechthild Medzihradsky's Obituary from the Ann Arbor News

"Passed away at home on December 18, 2001, in the company of her son, Oliver, and friends. Studied at the University of Munich, where she received the Master of Arts degree in Sociology and met her future husband. Academic Secretary in the German Department at U-M since 1982, Mechthild was dearly loved by faculty, coworkers, and students, for whom she always had an open ear. Mechthild is survived by her two children, Sofia (Pacifica, California) and Oliver. Her husband Fedor, formerly Professor of Pharmacology and Professor of Biological Chemistry, passed away earlier this year. Contributions in memory of both Mechthild and Fedor may be sent, in their name(s), to the University at either: the Department of Pharmacology, U of M Medical School, 1150 W. Medical Center Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0632, or the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, 3110 Modern Languages Bldg., 812 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275."

Recollections of Mechthild Medzihradsky by Friends and Colleagues

"Mechthild was an expert in the German language. In response to any question on the meaning of a word or its correct use, Mechthild would enthusiastically and expertly expound not only on its meaning, but also on the meaning of related words and phrases. She could explain how the word or phrase was used in different regions of the country, and what the social context might imply. This discourse was accompanied by a thoughtful exposition of cultural norms or regional dialects, punctuated with inflections of voice, raising of eyebrows, lowering the pitch or sotto voce, all combined with a sense of the importance of the question and a bit of hilarity at German linguistic customs. She was an asset to the Department in the best sense of the word, helpful, interested in every aspect of teaching, willing to take time to answer questions, coupled with a great sense of humor and self-deprecation. I treasure her memory and her tremendous spirit." Astrid Beck, February 2002

"Mechthild had been a member of the Department continuously since 1982. She was a grand lady, and she will be sorely missed. Everyone will have their own memories of her, but I will never forget her dignity, her immense willpower, her strong opinions, or her habit of shifting unpredictably from English to German and back to English – all in the same sentence. Above all, I will remember the professionalism and dedication she brought to our internship program, which she created single-handedly. She loved talking with the interns, and took a deep, personal interest in their success. We shall not see her like anytime soon." Frederick Amrine, Chair, Februrary 2002

Sturm Fellowship Award

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Sturm Fellowships are available to University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students who are traveling to a German-speaking country for an overseas experience. Experiences could include working at an internship in a Germany-speaking country or studying language at a Goethe-Institut.

University of Michigan students who do an internship in a German-speaking country will receive between a $100-$1,000 fellowship for their internship experience. More money will be awarded to students who have unpaid internships and to those students who are majors and minors in the German Department. Funds will be awarded to students who can demonstrate academic excellence and genuine financial need.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

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The application is now closed.  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer White at jenpatri@umich.edu.

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Applications will be reviewed by Peggy Wunderwald-Jensen, as well as our undergraduate advisor, Kalli Federhofer.

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For one month of courting and 40-plus years of matrimony, DeVere and Zita Sturm have loved one another and Germany, the country that brought them together. Now, their German roots, DeVere’s time at the University, and the fact that three of their four children studied German at the U-M have inspired the Sturms to help students visit the country that united them. The Sturm Family Endowment supports undergraduates in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures traveling to Germany for opportunities to work and study abroad. After seeing the effect that traveling abroad had on their own children, it was clear to them that their endowment should provide the opportunity to students to travel or study in Germany, thus uniting the Sturms’ German heritage with their interest in the University of Michigan.

LANGUAGE STUDY AWARDS

Sturm Fellowship Award

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Sturm Fellowships are available to University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students who are traveling to a German-speaking country for an overseas experience. Experiences could include working at an internship in a Germany-speaking country or studying language at a Goethe-Institut.

University of Michigan German students who study the German language at a Goethe-Institut will receive between a $200-$900 fellowship. Award amounts depend on length of program and affiliation to the German Department.

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Students must be German majors or minors, be in good academic standing (and not academic probation), and plan to study the German language overseas. Students studying at the Goethe-Institut must submit their registration form through the German Department’s Undergraduate Advisors, Kalli Federhofer or Andrew Mills. If awarded a Sturm Fellowship, students must complete certain health and safety requirements (including purchasing HTH Travel Abroad Health Insurance and numerous compliance forms) through MCompass by mid-April. Students must also regularly attend and complete the language course at the Goethe-Institut. The definition of regular attendance includes missing no more than two days of regular classes in an eight-week session or two four-week sessions, and/or no more than a single day of regular classes in a four-week session (without medical or other documentation); and students must register for German classes in the following Fall Term (unless you have completed degree requirements).

::Deadline:: 

Monday, March 24, 2014

::Application Submission:: 

The application for funding to study the German language at a Goethe-Institut must be submitted through the German Department’s Undergraduate Advisors, Kalli Federhofer, kallimz@umich.edu, or Andrew Mills, ajmills@umich.edu. Please contact either advisor for the application link.

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Funding awards will be considered by our undergraduate advisors. Award notifications will arrive via email no later than Friday, April 4, 2014.

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For one month of courting and 40-plus years of matrimony, DeVere and Zita Sturm have loved one another and Germany, the country that brought them together. Now, their German roots, DeVere’s time at the University, and the fact that three of their four children studied German at U-M have inspired the Sturms to help students visit the country that united them. The Sturm Family Endowment supports undergraduates in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures traveling to Germany for opportunities to work and study abroad. After seeing the effect that traveling abroad had on their own children, it was clear to them that their endowment should provide the opportunity to students to travel or study in Germany, thus uniting the Sturms’ German heritage with their interest in the University of Michigan.

RESEARCH AWARDS

Marilyn Sibley Fries Memorial Scholarship

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Marilyn Sibley Fries (1945-1995)

Marilyn Sibley Fries was an internationally-recognized scholar of postwar German literature and culture generally, and of Christa Wolf in particular. She was also a devoted and much-beloved teacher and mentor, especially to the many younger women who were drawn to her.

Undergraduate or graduate students wishing to study or pursue research in Berlin may apply to the Department for a Marilyn Sibley Fries Scholarship. Marilyn Fries lived and studied in Berlin for many years; she was fascinated by the city, and it became one of the foci of her scholarly work. Thus it is fitting to honor her memory in this way.

We are grateful to the many family members and friends whose donations have made this scholarship possible, above all to Marilyn's mother, Elizabeth Sibley Parry.

We are also grateful to Marilyn's husband, Brant, and her daughters Kyra and Lorin, for donating to the Department Marilyn's magnificent scholarly library. This collection, which has been named The Marilyn Fries Memorial Library in her honor, is housed in the Chair's Office in 3102 MLB. It is especially strong in the areas of Marilyn's scholarly expertise: postwar German literature, Women's Studies, literary theory (especially Feminism), and twentieth-century German history.

MAX KADE GERMAN RESIDENCE AWARD

George Valenta Scholarship

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George J. Valenta, Jr. a University of Michigan alumnus (1955 BA in German, minors in French and Russian) has graciously established a scholarship to benefit students who live in the Max Kade German Residence, and who place a strong academic emphasis on German Studies.  The scholarship consists of a financial award of $1,500 for the academic year.

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All Junior or Seniors who live in the Max Kade German Residence during the current Academic Year are eligible to apply.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

::Application Submission::

Applicants must submit the following materials to Jennifer White at jenpatri@umich.edu:

  • Personal statement (in English) describing why the student deems her/himself a good candidate.
  • A resume (in English) highlighting past experiences or encounters with German and Germany (classes, work experience, etc.)
  • Copy of academic transcript (unofficial U-M transcript)

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Applications will be reviewed by Vicki Dischler, as well as our undergraduate advisor, Kalli Federhofer.

The recipient of the award will be notified by early December.  Mr. Valenta enjoys meeting the scholarship recipient.  A luncheon will be organized for the recipient, Mr. Valenta and a faculty member within the German Department sometime during the winter semester.

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In 1951 George Valenta came to the University of Michigan as a Regents Alumni Scholarship recipient. Discovering his aptitude and passion for language, he received a Bachelors in German, with a double minor in Russian and French. Even as an undergraduate, George was grateful for the scholarship that gave him the financial support to study at the University of Michigan, and planned to reciprocate when he could.

He spent his first post-graduate year at the University of Potiers in France where he studied German via French. During frequent trips to Mexico and South America he has also acquired fluency in Spanish.

Upon earning a Master of Science in 1960, Valenta worked as a speech pathologist/audiologist in Grosse Pointe Farms for 30 years before he retired in order to pursue his interests in theater and the arts. Since that time he has been involved with a number of theater groups, namely the Michigan Classical Repertory Theater (MCRT), Ann Arbor Civic Theater, and the Comic Opera Guild. Valenta appeared in a rare North American fully staged production of Minna von Barnhelm with MCRT.

He created and hosted more than 200 Hatha Yoga programs that continue to air on CTN cable channel 17 each Tuesday and Wednesday. He also volunteers at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, local Senior Centers, and continues to teach Hatha Yoga at Washtenaw Community College each semester.

::Recipients::

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2013/2014 Kevin Durand
2012/2013 Billie Fierros
2011/2012 Lauren Marcath
2010/2011 Blair Daniels
2009/2010 Corey Burbank
2008/2009 Anna Lembryk
2007/2008 Allison Miller
2006/2007 Patrick Davis
2005/2006 Elizabeth Frysinger
2004/2005 Andrew Johnson, Robert Precht, Theo VanDam
2003/2004 Sara Emerson, Daniel Minnich