University of Pittsburgh

Six Pitt Law Students Named Foreign Language Area Studies Fellows

Publish Date/Time: 
April 16, 2013

 

Six Pitt Law students have been awarded fellowships for language studies during the 2013-2014 academic year. The Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are offered through the University of Pittsburgh University Center for International Studies (UCIS) Area Studies Departments.  The fellows are Kimberly Bennett, Erica Kelly, Trevor Krost, Nikolay Markov, Caleb Pittman, and Christian Minor Sanchez.

Kimberly Bennett, '15, will study Portuguese through the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Bennett received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish & Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, with a concentration in Portuguese language.  During the summer of 2012, she interned with the Co-Director of Legal Department of the La Isla Foundation in Leon, Nicaragua. Since September 2012, she has been a Contributing Editor for Panoramas, focusing on daily news about Latin America. 

Erica Kelly, '14, will study Modern Standard Arabic through the Global Studies Center.  Kelly received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, with a concentration in Arabic language. 

Trevor Krost, '14, will study Russian through the Center for Russian & East European Studies (CREES).  Krost received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian & Political Science from Truman State University in 2011. During the summer of 2009 he studied at Moscow State University.

Nikolay Markov, '14, will study Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) through the Center for Russian & East European Studies (CREES).  Markov received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Shawnee State University in 2009.  He is a Bulgarian national who immigrated to the US in 2005.

Caleb Pittman, '14, will study Quechua through the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS).  Pittman received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Degree from the University of Louisville in 2011. 

Christian Minor Sanchez, '14, will study Portuguese through the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS).  Minor Sanchez received his first degree in law from the Autonomous University of Puebla State, in Puebla, Mexico in 2003, where he also received a diploma in Mediation as an Instrument for the Resolution of Conflicts in 2007 and a diploma in Human Rights, Public Safety, and Administration of Justice in 2008. He received his LL.M. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011.  During his legal studies, Minor worked as a legal intern at the Senate of the Republic in Mexico City.  He also worked for several years as a law clerk at the Commission for Access to Public Information and Protection of Personnel Data in Puebla, Mexico, and for the UPMC Health Plan Insurances Services Division. 

Offered through the University of Pittsburgh University Center for International Studies (UCIS) Area Studies Departments, the purpose of the FLASF program is to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area studies, to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency, and to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs. 

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