The Department of State's Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) for Intensive Summer Institutes Program was launched in 2006 to increase opportunities for American students to study eleven critical-need languages overseas. The designated languages include eight that are taught at the U of M-Twin Cities: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. The 2009 CLS Program received over 5,400 applications from students at colleges and universities throughout the U.S, and has awarded more than 500 scholarships.
The scholarship recipients will spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes this summer in countries where the target languages are spoken. Along with intensive language study, they will participate in cultural immersion through a variety of integrated activities organized as part of the language institutes.
The CLS Program, which is fully funded by the Department of State, is part of a wider U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need languages. Participants in the CLS Program are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
The undergraduate CLS recipients are:
Dustin Chacon, '10, Linguistics major (for Bengali)
Evan Jones, '10, Linguistics major (for Russian)
Meredith Knaak, '11, Neuroscience and Global Studies majors (for Korean)
Sydney Lefevre, '12, Anthropology major (for Turkish)
Rowan Morbey, '09, History major (for Russian)
Jamie Robertson, '11, Linguistics major (for Arabic)
The graduate recipients are:
Renata Blumberg, '11, PhD student in Geography (for Russian)
Basit Qureshi, '13, PhD student in History (for Arabic)