RLL's Award-Winning Graduate Students

RLL's graduate students excel at teaching, research, and community involvement.  Read on for details of their latest achievements.

Excellence in Teaching

Jamison Garcia Ramirez, second from left, RLL excellence in teaching winner spring 2023.

L to R:  UB President Satish Tripathi; 2023 Excellence in Teaching Awardee Jamison García Ramírez, RLL PhD candidate in Spanish linguistics; Peter Pfordresher, CAS Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; and Graham Hammill, UB Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School.

The graduate teaching assistant Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes exceptional ability in teaching across the university. Students are chosen based on on their commmitment to excellent academic standards in teaching through superior and innovative classroom teaching skills and dedication to mentoring and advising.

A number of RLL students have received this prestigious award in recent years, and we are pleased to celebrate them here!

  • 2022-2023:    Jamison Garcia Ramírez, Spanish Linguistics    
  • 2021-2022:     Marie Celine Dufay-Verbié, French
  • 2020-2021:     Marietta Fernández López,  Spanish
  • 2018-2019:      Joëlle Carota, PhD, Spanish 
  • 2016-2017:      Geneviève Guèvremont Oliveira, PhD, French     
  • 2015-2016:      Dijana Šavija, PhD,  Spanish
  • 2014-2015:      Tanya Erin Farnung-Morrison, PhD, Spanish

UB Social Impact Fellows

Alex Bakke, 2nd from right, Social Impact Fellow summer 2022.

Alex Bakke, 2nd from right, and the Social Impact Fellow cohort summer 2022.

Niomarie Rivera and Marie Celine Dufay Verbie, Social Impact Fellows Summer 2023.

Summer 2023:  Niomarie Rivera (L) and Marie Celine Dufay-Verbié (Center), participate in a Legos icebreaking activity.

Through UB's Social Impact Fellows program, MBA and MSW students from the School of Management and School of Social Work, along with graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences, create social innovation in Western New York. Together, students collaborate to address pressing social issues and make an impact.  RLL is fortunate enough to have had three  PhD candidates chosen as program participants:  Marie Celine Dufay-Verbié (summer 23),  and Niomarie Rivera (summer 2023); andAlex Bakke (summer 2022).



Mark Diamond Research Fellowships

The Graduate Student Association initiated this fund in 1971 as the "Graduate Resource Access Development Fund" to assist students access funding to complete research by helping to cover expenses relative to  their thesis or dissertion. It was renamed after Mark Diamond, a 1980s UB graduate student and fund director from 1981-1985 who was committed to continuing to make research funding accessible to graduate students.  

For 2023-2024, RLL has two award recipients, both PhD candidates in Spanish Lingusitics, Alex Bakke and Jamison García Ramírez.  Congratulations, Alex and Jamie!

Arthur A. Shomburg Fellowship Program

The Schomburg graduate fellowship program supports underrepresented students pursuing full time graduate studies at UB.  Paulin Toutche, RLL PhD candidate in French Literature, is a member of the 2019 Schomburg program cohort.   

CAS Diversity Fellowship Program

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We are pleased to announce that PhD student in Spanish José Perez Vargas is a 2023 recipient of a CAS Diversity Fellowship. This program supports students who will contribute to the diversity of the student body and who have overcome challenges to success in higher education.  We welcome José to RLL and congratulate him on this achievement!