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Italian Prizes 2011-2012

Student

Award

Kavish Gupta Outstanding Achievement in Italian; It. 101
Cameron Songer Outstanding Achievement in Italian; It. 101
Laurie Russell Outstanding Achievement in Italian; It. 102
Sean Henry Outstanding Achievement in Italian; It. 133-4
Elise Steinberger Outstanding Achievement in Italian; It. 200(in Italian)
Amanda Meyer Outstanding Achievement in Italian; It. 200(in English)
Yang Jun Outstanding Achievement in Italian; It. 200(in English)
Megan Crognale  Distinguished Essay in Italian
Jordan Roth Distinguished Essay in English on an Italian subject
Justin Madsen Distinguished Essay in English on an Italian subject

Italian Prizes 2010-2011

Student

Award

Ann Kelley Bruton

Outstanding Achievement in Italian

Stephanie Ellen Feigenbaum

Outstanding Achievement in Italian

Mengyi Jiang

Outstanding Achievement in Italian

Kristin Anne Leasia

Outstanding Achievement in Italian

Jennifer Anene Madison

Outstanding Achievement in Italian

Michael John Psitos

Outstanding Achievement in Italian

Angela Romersi

Distinguished Essay in Italian

Taylor Corinne Waterman

Distinguished Essay in English on an Italian Subject

Colleen Marie Werle

Distinguished Essay in English on an Italian Subject

Brittany Susan Wright

Outstanding Achievement in Italian

Italian Prizes 2009-2010

Student

Award

Mackenzie Bronk

Outstanding Achievement in Italian 101

Maria Dangles

Outstanding Achievement in Italian 102

Emily Pardini

Outstanding Achievement in Italian 133

Sophie Rich

Outstanding Achievement in Italian 133

Bojan Manojlovic

Outstanding Achievement in Italian 200-level

Elisabeth Sachs

Outstanding Achievement in Italian 200-level

Sonanne Sangiacomo

Distinguished Essay in English on an Italian Subject

Brittany Susan Wright

Outstanding Achievement in Italian 300-level

 

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Departmental Honors

The Honors program in French and Italian gives outstanding students the opportunity to carry out a course of independent study on a topic of their choice under the supervision of a faculty member.

Juniors who have a grade point average of 3.4 or higher in the major
are invited by the Director of Undergraduate Studies or any other faculty member of the department to consider writing an honors thesis in their senior year. If they decide to do so, they should declare their intention of doing honors work no later than the spring quarter of their junior year by contacting the DUS and submitting a brief proposal on the topic they wish to investigate. Based on this description and in conversation with the student, the DUS will assist the student in finding a thesis director. Often students already have someone in mind for this work. In this case, a formal request by the DUS and the student will be made to the particular faculty member. After these preliminary processes are completed, the student may register for a 399 with his/her thesis director.

The honors project is produced through two quarters of 399 which will count towards the 15 required credits for the major in Italian. It can build on but must not duplicate previous work done abroad or in a 300-level course.

Guidelines for students and thesis directors:

The honors thesis should be at least 25-30 pages long. It cannot be a simple collection of data or summary of primary or secondary sources, but must show strong evidence of significant research, interpretation, analysis, and original thought. It must be written in correct Italian.

The Student must get in contact with his/her thesis adviser before the end of the spring quarter of  the Junior year in order to discuss his/her idea with the advisor and receive instructions for preliminary reading and research. At the beginning the following fall quarter, the student should have a clear idea of the problem he/she wishes to explore and have a two page preliminary proposal ready for the thesis advisor.

By the end of fall quarter, students are required to have a bibliography and a 10 page paper reporting on their preliminary findings and their argument. This paper must elaborate on the original proposal and show progress in the ways in which the student has conceptualized the
problem under study. At this time, an evaluation will be made as to whether the paper can be expanded into an honors thesis.  If it is judged not to be of honors caliber, the student will receive one credit for the work done in the fall quarter

By the beginning of winter quarter, the student must determine who will be the second reader of the thesis. The second reader must be a member of the French and Italian department and will be chosen in consultation between the student and his/her advisor. It is the responsibility of the student to approach this faculty member in a timely fashion and ask him/her to read the thesis for the final report. Students may have a third reader on their committee, especially if the thesis is highly interdisciplinary. This third member can be from outside the French and Italian department.

By the end of  winter quarter, students are required to have completed the first draft of the thesis. The spring quarter will be dedicated to revisions of the thesis for final submission to the Honors Committee for evaluation. As soon as the DUS receives the deadlines for submission from WCAS, he/she will communicate them to the thesis director.

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Rosa la Rose

"Rosa la Rose" is an annual literary magazine in which all members of the French and Italian Department (undergraduates, graduates and faculty) are invited to publish their creative work, whether written (in either language) or artistic. Students can volunteer to help the Faculty Adviser (Mme Pent) prepare the magazine. Volume 14, Spring 2010, is now available.

Click for a PDF of previous issues:

Volume 14, Spring 2010
Volume 13, Spring 2009

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"Love is Not Enough"

"Love Is Not Enough" The Italian soap opera created by students of the
2009 Italian Through Performance class has just been released! For the
first time ever: subtitles in English!!!!

"Love is Not Enough"

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NU Italian Students on the Web

Italian major Sky Dylan Robbins is studying abroad this year at the
University of Bologna, and has published two delightful youtube videos!
Look what you can do with Italian and a little imagination!:::

Cupcakes

How to make homemade pasta

All NU students in Italy are sharing a Facebook page. Check it out!

Studenti di Northwestern in Italia

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