Awards, Grants & Honoraries

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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a variety of undergraduate awards and honoraries:

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Undergraduate Awards, Grants & Honoraries

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The purpose of the Loann Crane Undergraduate Awards for Hispanic Studies is to facilitate research projects and to help fund study abroad. 

Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must be undergraduate Spanish majors with an excellent academic record. During the period of the award (2020-21) they must either enroll in an approved study abroad program or be engaged in a valid research project. Recipients will be selected by a committee of faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. 

Award Recipients

Application

Applicants should provide the following:

  • a formal letter stating current level of Spanish, future goals, purpose of research/study abroad, etc.;
  • their current Advising Report (available via Buckeyelink);  
  • a description of the proposed study abroad program (including official brochure or link to online description) or of the research to be conducted;
  • one or two letters of recommendation from Spanish & Portuguese Department faculty member(s) or instructor(s) familiar with student’s work and/or project. Letters may be submitted with the application or separately by the recommender to Nicole Allender;
  • an updated résumé.
Submissions are due March 16, 2020

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Support the Crane Fund for Hispanic Studies

The LoAnn Crane Awards for Hispanic Studies are supported by a generous gift from Mrs. Loann Crane (B.A. 1947), a former Spanish major at Ohio State. Alumni and friends of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese may contribute online to The Crane Fund for Hispanic Studies.

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This is a Teaching/Volunteering Opportunity in Cuenca, Ecuador for recent graduates with an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish.

This year-long commitment involves teaching English at CEDEI's English School and volunteering at Fundación El Arenal. The grant includes round trip transportation to Cuenca, Ecuador, free tuition for the CEDEI TEFL training program, and a $150 monthly stipend. The application period will be open until February 15, 2020. More details about this grant can be found on CEDEI's website

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Students can also read about OSU student Emily Coleman's experience in Ecuador through the Puente Cultural Service's blog

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The SPPO Graduation and Awards Ceremony will take place in Hagerty Hall, Room 180 at 9:00am on Saturday, May 2nd

We are excited to invite all graduating majors and minors in SPPO to a graduation ceremony for the 2019 – 2020 school year. If you would like to participate, please fill out the form.

Participation Form

If you have any questions, please email Professor John Grinstead. Thanks!

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Sigma Delta Pi: National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. 

Sigma Delata Pi Coat Of Arms, Photo credit: Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society

 

2019

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, Sigma Delta Pi members celebrated Día de los Muertos! As part of the Week on Migration, Mobility, and Immobility, the event brought together Ohio State students, faculty and staff, and the community to celebrate and learn about the holiday. Attendees enjoyed music, face painting, Junior’s tacos, and a screening of “The Book of Life” at Gateway Film Center. Sigma Delta Pi members helped lead the procession with Laura Rodríguez as we danced our way to Sullivant Hall where Dance Brazil and Suzan Bradford Kounta, artistic director of the Thiossane Institute, collaborated to demonstrate dance migrations of the African diaspora within the Americas in their performance entitled, "How Movement Moves: Dancing Across Borders, from West Africa to the Americas". To close the afternoon, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese held a reception with a colorful altar, and Latinx showcased a pop-up exhibit entitled, "Comics Past, Present and Future".

 

Día de los Muertos group photo

2015

In May of 2015, during the Annual SPPO Graduation Ceremony, the department also held the inaguration of our Sigma Delta Pi chapter. Headed by Professor Martinez-Cruz, the organization hopes to bring great opportunities to students of our department. For details on Sigma Delta Pi, please visit the OSU chapter's site or the national organization's official website.

 

Sigma Delta Pi at the Annual SPPO Graduation Ceremony

 

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Connecting Worlds Abroad (COWA) offers a nine-month fellowship each year in Seville, Spain for an OSU Spanish major who is a graduating senior.  With support of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese supplements this fellowship with a $2000 monetary award to defray the cost of airfare and other expenses.

Details

COWA provides a 9-month contract to work 20-25 hours per week with the “Ohio State in Seville” education abroad program for a stipend of 650 euros per month. Possible tasks include managing social media, programming supplemental cultural activities, and assisting with various administrative tasks such as creating and updating pertinent student documents and databases. COWA further offers health insurance and assistance with securing a visa. With support from the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is able to provide the additional $2000 award to the selected graduating student.

Eligibility

Application is open to Spanish majors who are graduating seniors, and who will be available to live in Seville and hold the fellowship from September 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. The recipient must be proficient in MS Office and have some experience with WordPress and Photoshop or other graphic design software prior to arrival in Spain. Familiarity with the COWA-OSU education abroad program is desirable.

Application

Applications must include:

  • a letter of application describing the potential for the fellowship to impact the applicant’s life and/or career;
  • a current resume or curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of support focused on the applicant’s suitability for the fellowship (submitted separately by the recommender to Nicole Allender); and
  • the student’s most recent Advising Report.
The application deadline is March 16, 2020

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Selection

The fellow will be selected by a committee of faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, in consultation with Dr. Carlos Valencia, Director of Connecting Worlds Abroad (COWA). The awardee will have one week from the date of the announcement to commit to their appointment as COWA-OSU Fellow for 2020-2021.

Final Documentation

Upon completing the fellowship, the grantee will submit a brief, one-page statement describing how the experience contributed to his/her/their professional and personal development.

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The purpose of the Rymer Award, in the amount of $1000, is to provide financial support to undergraduate or graduate students for study abroad fees and travel expenses

Details and Eligibility

The Department of French and Italian and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will alternate the disbursement of this award from year to year (SPPO will disburse the award in 2018, in 2020, etc.). The recipient must be enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences (undergraduate or graduate) and major in Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Italian. The recipient must be making good progress toward their degree, and priority will be given to non-native Spanish or Portuguese (or French or Italian during odd years) speakers who have not had many opportunities to study abroad. 

Application

Applications must include:

  • a brief letter describing the study abroad program or travel in which the applicant plans to participate and the reasons for which they have chosen it;
  • a current cv or resume
  • a letter of support focused on the student's academic achievements from a professor. Letters may be submitted with the application or separately by the recommender to Nicole Allender; and
  • a list of other funding for which they are also applying. 
Applications are due March 16, 2020

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Selection

Recipients will be selected by a committee of faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.