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Loyola student selected for prestigious Fulbright Award

Loyola press release - April 7, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans senior Savannah Logan, known by her professors for her outstanding tutoring and Spanish translation abilities, was awarded a 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Award in Spain. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the U.S.

In Madrid, Logan will be a part of Fulbright’s English Teaching Assistantship program. During the program, she will devote her time to teaching English and to another independent project. She is planning to dedicate her independent project to one of her true passions: tutoring in an after-school program in various subjects.

“I chose Spain because I have always been in love with its culture. Over the years I have learned a lot about Spain from my classes as well as several small trips there with my family. Everything about Spain, from the eclectic art to the festivals, intrigues me,” Logan said.

Logan, who is from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, credits Loyola with helping her to apply for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and preparing her for the opportunity.

“Loyola faculty encouraged and helped me every step of the way,” she said. “Loyola has given me many opportunities, from (tutoring in) the math lab and service learning at the NET Charter High School to developing my teaching resume.”

Logan is a double major in computational math and modern languages and cultures and member of the University Honors Program at Loyola. She is the president of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society that offers membership to the top 4 percent of juniors and seniors at each Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities institution. Logan has also participated in Loyola’s Ignacio Volunteer Program serving poor and disadvantaged children and the elderly abroad. In addition to serving as a tutor in the math lab, Logan has completed math research with Dean of College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Maria Calzada, Ph.D., and Loyola chemistry professor Thom Spence, Ph.D.

Logan presented her thesis research in Latin American studies, completed with the guidance of professor Nathan Henne, Ph.D., last week at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Her talk focused on translating indigenous poetics and Luis de Lion’s “Su Segunda Muerte.”

Students who are interested in applying to the Fulbright should contact university fellowships adviser Laura Murphy, Ph.D. Application workshops for next year’s pool of applicants begins this month.

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