Marisa Fried, Deans Senior Scholar

Congratulations to Marisa Fried, Linguistics major, who was recently named a Dean's Senior Scholar. Marissa is one of only seven recipients of this prestigious annual award, which recognizes "distinguished and creative academic performance [and] promise of continued distinction in the discipline," as well as "leadership qualities and a commitment to community involvement." The award was granted at the Fall Scholar Reception, on November 14, and will be announced again at Commencement.

Marisa is President and founder of the Undergraduate Linguistics Club; a double major in Spanish Language, Literatures, and Culture; and a research assistant to Rodrigo Ranero and Paulina Lyskawa on projects concerning endangered Mayan languages, supported by an NSF Grant (#BCS-1563129) to Maria Polinsky. She has twice studied at the LSC's Guatemala Field Station, learning some Kaqchikel and K'iche'.

The Dean's Senior Scholar award has gone to Linguistics majors (only?) four times before: to Grace Hynes and John Mathena in 2016, to Neomi Rao in 2015, and to Sara McVeigh in 2013. We are proud to welcome another member to this elite group!