Awards, Honors, and Scholarships

We provide funding to help our majors and minors study abroad and conduct research. We also recognize the achievements of our graduating seniors.

Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement 2018: German Studies Majors

Thomas Johnson

BA German Studies, May 2018; BS in Biology (Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology), expected in December 2018

More about Thomas

Thomas did outstanding work in the senior capstone course this spring. For his project,“Die Wichtigkeit des Wattenmeers: Umweltschutz, Identität und Wirtschaft,” he read scholarly articles and reports from the European Union, UNESCO, and the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat. His paper and his poster presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium were insightful, intelligent, well-written, effectively organized, and very interesting. He brought energy and enthusiasm to his work, which was informed by his coursework and interest in ecology and biology.

Thomas spent a semester studying abroad in Marburg, Germany. He earned the Global Awareness Program Certificate, passed the Goethe B2 Exam, and is a member of Delta Phi Alpha. He is the recipient of the George Gould Research Award in Entomology, a KU Field Station Research Award, and an Undergraduate Travel Award to present his research at the Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium in Illinois in July.

Holden Zimmerman

BA German Studies and History, with minor in European Studies, May 2018

More about Holden

Holden’s research project in the capstone course, “Museen der Humanität: Schweizerische Nationalidentität und die Humanitiät,” explorde the role Swiss museums play in defining and preserving the country’s national identity and its relationship to humanitarianism. Holden read scholarly monographs (and used those authors’ theoretical frameworks to devise one of her own) and also museum reports, catalogs, and historiography. Her final paper evidenced a high level critical thinking. This research project related to her senior thesis in History on the “defensive humanitarianism” that characterized Swiss prisoner of war camps during World War I. She conducted archival research in Switzerland for that project and worked in three languages. She published a shortened version of her thesis in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities and presented her project at the Dole Institute of Politics for a WWI Centennial Commemoration event and at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Holden graduated with Departmental Honors in History, and she earned Certificates for the Global Awareness and Research Experience programs. She spent a semester studying in Bonn and is a member of Delta Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, and NSCS, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement 2018: German Studies Minors

Anneliese Reinert

BA with Highest Distinction, Mathematics, with minors in German Studies and Music, May 2018

More about Anneliese

Anneliese completed the UKAN Teach Program in the School of Education. She has completed certificates for the University Honors and Global Awareness programs. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Phi Alpha. 

Rachel Forbach

BA with Highest Distinction, English—Creative Writing, with minor in German Studies, May 2018

More about Rachel

Rachel earned departmental honors in English and is a member of Delta Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned the University Honors Program Certificate. In her German Studies coursework she consistently submitted work of the highest quality and participated actively in class.

Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures 2018

Carley Johnson

BA German Studies, May 2018

More about Carley

Carley was an exceptional president of the KU German Club, keeping Stammtisch active and organizing film evenings. She did a great job promoting events among students and faculty. She attended all of our major events and introduced guest speakers. For the Staatskapelle Weimar performance at the Lied Center in February, Carley presented a print of the State of Kansas and a handwritten card to the orchestra’s concertmaster on behalf of the German Club.



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