Stacey Malone, an undergraduate student in Applied Linguistics, was awarded the Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez Stipend for Spring 2021. The stipend provides financial support to students engaged in unpaid internships. Stacey was awarded a position as a Teach for America Corps Member. She will be teaching ESL (PreK- 12) in Memphis, Tennessee. For two years, she will work alongside fellow educators working towards providing an equitable education for language learners in Memphis. This summer, she will be participating in an immersive training program that will support her in becoming an anti-racist teacher and leader while equipping her with the skills necessary to advance educational equity throughout her teaching career.
Marina Velasquez completed her undergraduate degree in General Linguistics (BA) in 2017 and an MAT in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) in 2019 with her certification to teach bilingual education in 2020. She is now a bilingual teacher at PS 212 in Jackson Heights, Queens, which is the elementary school that Marina attended herself! Marina is also participating in the CUNY Initiative on Immigration and Education. We congratulate Marina for serving immigrant children in her community and for working so hard as a teacher during the COVID 19 pandemic!
Jacqueline Kim was awarded a position as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and her scholarship will be a year abroad in South Korea where she will be teaching English in a secondary school while serving as a cultural ambassador for the US. She was a recipient of the Dr. Marvin Leder Medical Staff Society Scholarship Award (from NYP Queens) in 2019, the Queens College Internship Stipend in 2019, the Korean American Youth Foundation Scholarship in 2018, and a premium grant recipient of the Macaulay Honors College Opportunities Fund Gala Award in 2018.
Recent Phi Betta Kappa Awardees

Sabrina Eliano
Alessa Farinella
Christine Franco Choi
Emily Liang
Andy Su
Kimberly Villalobos

Rebecca Shamash
Decia Roach
Luis Alejandro Rosairo
Jameela Syed
Aliza Pollock
Mina Wassef
Rachel Wong
Rachel Fellus
Ranvir Kaur
Jacqueline Kim
Meira Lev
Angela Mitsas
Ariel Persad
Congratulations to Timothy Cary (MA in Applied Linguistics ’21), who was selected to receive a scholarship from the Queens College Foundation! Tim began our MA in Applied Linguistics program in Fall 2019. He had a military career and raised a family before attending SUNY Stonybrook, where he graduated cum laude in 2017 with a double major in Linguistics and History. In the future, he would like to teach English internationally.
Three cheers to Imani Medy (CSD '21), who was selected to participate in a SUNY study abroad trip to teach this past summer at a school for deaf children in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Here is a picture of Imani and her awesome team. After graduating, Imani plans to attend Gallaudet University where she will obtain her masters in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in working with children and adults who communicate using ASL. Well done, Imani!
Alessa Farinella, class of 2020, is a double winner. She is one of only 18 awardees nation-wide for a Beinecke Scholarship which provides funding for graduate school in the humanities and social sciences and mentorship in the application process. She plans to continue with a doctorate in linguistics. She will also attend the fully funded MIndCore interdisciplinary Summer Workshop in Mind and Brain Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, which features workshops on research methods and talks by linguists and cognitive scientists alongside participation in research labs. Next year she will be applying for graduate school as she finishes up her BA at Queens. What a great launch to a career of one of the members of the next generation of women in science!