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German Graduate Studies Win Fellowships for Dissertation Research

Three German Ph.D. candidates have recently won fellowships to help them complete their dissertation research.

  • Lauren Brooks has received $4000 from the American Friends of Marbach Award for the purpose of visiting the German Literary Archive in Marbach to uncover reviews and adaptations of the work of Franz Kafka. Her dissertation analyzes humor in Kafka, its roots in Yiddish theater, and its parallels and influences in contemporary American culture.

  • Hyoun-A Joo received dissertation support from the College of Liberal Arts and a Career Development Award from the Center of Global Studies for $2000 that will enable her to conduct research in Germany. Her dissertation investigates the acquisition of case and past tense marking in German as a second language by Koreans who immigrated to Germany in the 70s. More specifically, Hyoun-A is interested in how a second language develops naturally, i.e. not directed by formal instruction but by living and working in the host community.

  • Ines Martin received the Watz Dissertation Fellowship Award in conjunction with the Humanities Initiative Dissertation Release Award. Her dissertation project, Improving novice learners’ L2 pronunciation in distance and face- to-face learning environments, investigates a new method of homework-based pronunciation instruction in second language German on-campus and online classrooms. 

Congratulations to these scholars!