CLAS 2016 Accomplisments






As the 2015-2016 academic year draws to a close, the Center for Latin American Studies prepares to say goodbye to some of its fantastic scholars and to welcome in new ones for Fall 2016. As they do every year, our faculty, staff, and students have done us proud with their innovative research and admirable accomplishments. We would like to take the time to give them their due congratulations:


Two graduate students who defended their thesis:

“Kate Chisholm did fieldwork in Oaxaca and wrote an interesting thesis on “The Impact of Migration on the Lives of Women Left Behind in Puebla, Mexico”. Congratulations and thanks to her advisor Scott Whiteford. She is receiving a dual MA in LAS and MPH, and will continue to do a PhD in Public Health.


Bobby Alvarez did quite a bit of work in Fortaleza looking at social and economic impacts of the World Cup. His thesis, titled "The Price of Glory: A Socio-economic Analysis of the  2014 FIFA World Cup in Fortaleza, Brazil", offers a wide view on impacts and a very interesting case study. He is receiving a dual MA in LAS and MPA and is a finalist for a Clinton- Fulbright Award.”


Several students also received awards this year:

“Claudia Diaz-Combs, Andrea Jimenez and Emily McIntosh received Tinker awards to do fieldwork this summer.

Emily Ellis won a FLAS Fellowship from Vanderbilt to study Mayan languages in Guatemala this summer.

Andrea Jimenez was awarded a P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.”


Also Congratulations to all of  2016 LAS Graduating Seniors and Award Winners!


SBS & LAS Outstanding Senior for Leadership & Engagement

Zazil Davis-Vazquez


Honor's College Pillars of Excellence Award

Mario Aubert-Vasquez


LAS Outstanding Seniors

Mario Aubert-Vasquez

Dominique Cruz


LAS Outstanding Senior for Success & Perseverance

Sofia Nuno

Xitlaly Reyes

Rebecca Garcia


LAS Exemplary Graduating Senior

Vanessa Acevedo

Patricia Ahumada

Clara Apodaca-Welch

Melissa Conrad

Morgan Elyse Cortez

Alejandro Enriquez

Jose Federico

Martin Forstrom

Aleene Hernandez

Ana Islas

Maria Kantor

Pola Laskus

Connie Lira-Saavedra

Marissa Moreno

Benjamin Remy

Lia Vazquez


Leo Roop Scholarship

Nic Molinary


Magellan Circle Award Winners

Mario Aubert-Vasquez

Julian Cardenas

Zazil-xa Davis-Vasquez

Guadalupe Gamez

Anahi Herrera

Robert Navarro

Sofia Nuno

Xitlaly Reyes


In terms of our staff and faculty, congratulations to:


“Clea Conlin, our Program Coordinator Senior, who successfully defended her Master's Thesis in History.

Colin Deeds who received an Award for Excellence from SBS.

Dr. Scott Whiteford who is now Director of Mexico Initiatives for SBS.”



CLAS wishes all of you the best, and looks foward to seeing what you accomplish next!

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05/09/2016 - 16:35

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