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Three MENA Languages Students Win Undergraduate Language Grants

May 27, 2022

Fall 2022 Update: Read about the students' experiences here.

Northwestern's Office of Undergraduate Research oversees the Undergraduate Language Grants (ULGs) which provide $5,000 towards the cost of intensive summer language study either in the US or abroad. The program’s goal is to fund students for whom this language training is central to the achievement of specific academic or professional goals.  In the Spring of 2022, three MENA Language students received ULGs.

Rama Darayyad won the ULG for sign language, which is a first at Northwestern.  Rama will join the University of Chicago summer program for sign language. Rama wants to learn American and Arabic sign language to help the deaf children refugees in Jordan communicate. She is a major in Audiology, and she would welcome the opportunity to minor in Arabic. Her ULG application was endorsed by Rana Raddawi, and she has taken Arabic courses from Ragy Mikhaeel, Fadia Antabli, and Rana Raddawi. 

Sara Ibrahim won the ULG for Arabic. Sara is joining the American University of Cairo in the summer to study more Fusha, Dialectal and Media Arabic. Her application was endorsed by Rana Raddawi, from whom she has taken First-Year Arabic courses.  

Jovana Lakic won the ULG to study Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) at the University of Pittsburgh this summer, following her studies of Turkish at Northwestern.  Jovana's application was endorsed by Oya Topçuoğlu, from whom she has taken Turkish courses.  

Congratulations to all the students who have the opportunity to further their language studies.