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Iulia Iordache-Bryant

Iulia Iordache-Bryant

Iulia Iordache-Bryant is a proud 2015 alumna of Grinnell College where she studied Psychology and Russian. Today, she works in student affairs at a liberal arts college supporting other students like herself in Singapore. In her free time she crafts, journals, and reads. Russia and its culture have always fascinated her because she wants to understand more about the Slavic influences on Romanian people. She feels that, as an Eastern-European woman, coming to Russia and learning Russian were essential to understanding more about her heritage. She has fallen in love with Saint Petersburg and hopes to come back to visit during winter someday.

Program attended: Art and Museums in Russia

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Sophia Fisher

Sophia Fisher

Sophia Fisher is currently studying Russian as a Second Language with SRAS Saint Petersburg, Russia. Sophia believes that the exponential development of communication technology has made Russian language skills critical in all professional fields. In August, Sophia will return home to her native Ohio for a final semester at The Ohio State University, where she will receive a diploma in art history and Russian language. After graduation, Sophia plans on pursuing a career in arts management or public relations.

Program attended: Art and Museums in Russia

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Sarah Kirksey

Sarah Kirksey

Sarah Kirksey is a graduate student of history at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A twentieth century historian, her focus is post-Holocaust Memory in the USA. She is currently studying in Warsaw, Poland as well as working at the POLIN Museum for the summer. Anticipating graduation in December 2017, Sarah plans to continue working in museums. Weekend getaways, beet salads, sweaty workouts, dog loving, time with friends and family, and personalized license plates are a few of Sarah's favorite things.

Program attended: Security and Society

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Kimberly Gordy

Kimberly Gordy

Kimberly Gordy is a student at the University of Texas at Austin working to get a B.A. in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies with a minor in history. Their interest is in medieval and tsarist Russia, and how creative pursuits such as art and literature shape the perception and flow of history. They have been studying Russian language in school for three years. Kimberly is in St. Petersburg for SRAS’s programs in both art and Russian as a second language.

Program attended: RSL w/ Art Seminar

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Katheryn Weaver

Katheryn Weaver

Katheryn Weaver is a student of rhetoric and history at the University of Texas, Austin. Her primary areas of investigation include revolution and the rhetorical justification of violence against individuals, state, and society. She is currently studying Russian as a Second Languagewith SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship.

Program attended: Home and Abroad Scholarship - $10,000 to Study Abroad

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Jesika Berry

Jesika Berry

Jesika Berry holds a bachelors of arts in music performance (flute) from Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia. She has formerly been a principle flautist for AUC Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta) and a cellist for the Huxford Symphony Orchestra (Tuscaloosa). After completing SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship program, she hopes to go on to graduate studies in Russian musicology.

Program attended: Home and Abroad

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Emily Lovitch

Emily Lovitch

Emily Lovitch studies graphic design and Russian language at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She works as a free-lance graphic designer and illustrator, and aspires to be a character designer at an animation studio. Her primary art interests include baroque and fantastical concepts and designs. She attended the studio art track of the Art and Museums in Russia Program through the School of Russian and Asian studies in the summer of 2013 to gain Russian language proficiency experience, enrich her artist's portfolio, and earn credits for school.

Program attended: Art and Museums in Russia

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Sara Deurell

Sara Deurell

Sara Marian Deurell is pursuing an undergraduate degree in anthropology with a minor in Russian Studies through University of Louisville. She is also an author whose first novel, The Life and Death (But Mostly the Death) of Erica Flynn, was published through 3 Fates Press on February 18, 2014. It is available in print or on Kindle at Amazon.com. She volunteers at her university's archaeology laboratory during the summer, and plans to pursue archaeology as a career. She attended the museum studies track of Art and Museums in Russia through The School of Russian and Asian Studies in the summer of 2013 to gain experience in curation and art and artifact preservation techniques.

Program attended: Art and Museums in Russia

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Sara Deurell

Sara Deurell

Sara Marian Deurell is pursuing an undergraduate degree in anthropology with a minor in Russian Studies through University of Louisville. She is also an author whose first novel, The Life and Death (But Mostly the Death) of Erica Flynn, was published through 3 Fates Press on February 18, 2014. It is available in print or on Kindle at Amazon.com. She volunteers at her university's archaeology laboratory during the summer, and plans to pursue archaeology as a career. She attended the museum studies track of Art and Museums in Russia through The School of Russian and Asian Studies in the summer of 2013 to gain experience in curation and art and artifact preservation techniques.

Program attended: Home and Abroad Scholarship - $10,000 to Study Abroad

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Kristin Torres

Kristin Torres

Kristin Torres has studied Russian language and literature at the University of Missouri-Columbia and at the Summer Workshop in Slavic and Eastern Languages at Indiana University Bloomington. An aspiring arts and culture journalist, she has a particular focus on Eastern European film and literature. A former intern on the Arts Desk at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. and at California and Missouri affiliates KQED and KBIA, she hopes to further develop her research and arts reporting skills on the Home and Abroad: Art program in St. Petersburg.

Program attended: Home and Abroad: Art

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Nicole Mramor

Nicole Mramor

Nicole Mramor is currently a graduate student in Russian and Slavonic studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in art history. She continues to nourish a fascination with all things art historical, and is especially intrigued by Soviet photography, Russian Formalism, and Constructivist objects. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Slavic Studies, and intensively studied Russian language in St. Petersburg through the School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) in the hopes of reading her favorite authors in their original glory. She additionally enrolled in SRAS’s Art in Russia program, to pursue her artistic proclivities even further. Recently, she has written about the uncanny collision between music and literary theory, and aspires to bridge her pursuits of artistic and academic practice through her scholarship.

Program attended: Art and Museums in Russia

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Sophia Kosar

Sophia Kosar

Sophia Kosar is a sophomore at The College of William and Mary. She spent the summer of 2011 in St. Petersburg, conducting research on the Marine Façade urban development program taking place on the edge of Vasilievsky Island as part of William and Mary's research program. This included interviewing NGO activists, the leader of the St. Petersburg branch of Yabloko political party, the Chief Architect of St. Petersburg, and representatives of Gazprom and the Marine Façade Management Company. She will spend the 2012/2013 academic year at Kazan State University studying Russian. In the future she hopes to continue her study of Russian and Central Asian cultures, and is interested in a profession dealing with Russian infrastructure and civil-engineering.

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Sara Elizabeth Hecker

Sara Elizabeth Hecker

Sara Elizabeth Hecker is currently studying for an MA in art history, with a concentration on Russian Modernism at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. After graduating, she hopes to work in a museum or gallery setting working under Collections Management/Registrar while continuing her personal studies on Russian art and culture.

Program attended: Art and Museums in Russia

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Kimberly St. Julian

Kimberly St. Julian

Kimberly St. Julian is finishing a BA in History at Swarthmore College. She plans to begin a Master’s program at Harvard University in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies in the Fall of 2012. She will focus on history as well as the Russian and Serbian languages. Afterwards, she would like to continue to pursue a PhD in history with a focus on Russian and Soviet history. She aspires to become a professor of history.

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Corinne Hughes

Corinne Hughes

Corinne Hughes has studied art and literature at the Evergreen State College in Washington. She has spent a semester in Irkutsk for language immersion and then another semester in St. Petersburg to engage more in cultural studies. In the fall of 2013, she will continue developing her research methods, focusing on the strife between politics and art in Hungary. Thereafter, she will study Russian language abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan prior to graduation. Her long-term goal is to promote international communication and collaboration between artists in the United States, Russia, and Eurasia.

Program attended: The Russian Psyche

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Monika Bernotas

Monika Bernotas

Monika Bernotas graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in European Studies in December of 2011. She is currently living and working in Boston while patiently waiting for news about a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Belarus for the 2012-2013 school year. Her interests include Eastern European culture, global education and international business. This paper was written in autumn of 2011, drawing on research conducted in St. Petersburg over the summer of 2011.

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Giavana Margo

Giavana Margo

Giavana Margo is a 2011 graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies and English Literature. She has a great love of Eastern Europe which was born out of a summer spent volunteering at a small rural orphanage in Ukraine’s northeastern town of Bogodukhiv. Upon returning to my university in Seattle, she quickly enrolled in Russian language courses hoping to develop an understanding of this culture and region. She has now studied the language for three years and returned to Ukraine on several occasions, independently volunteering in orphanages throughout Ukraine for two more summers. This opportunity afforded her the chance to see the wealth of the Ukrainian landscape and experience the diversity of its people. During her senior year at university, she spent a year abroad, studying literature and art throughout the UK for a semester and then studying Russian language, literature and history St. Petersburg for another semester, taking in Russian art, architecture, music and theatre.

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Taryn Jones

Taryn Jones

Taryn Jones graduated in 2008 from the University of Victoria (Canada) with her BA in history and anthropology. During that time, she also studied Russian and art history, and was heavily involved with the university’s Russian Studies course union. In January 2012, she will begin her studies at the University of British Columbia in a double Master’s program in library and archival science. Ideally, she would like to work in a gallery or museum’s library or archive. She has traveled throughout Russia on numerous occasions, and first studied in St Petersburg in 2007. In 2009, she traveled across the country, beginning at the Mongolian border and going westwards towards St Petersburg. In recent years, she has studied art history and museum studies in St Petersburg with SRAS. Most recently, she wrote articles for SRAS’s “Cheap Eats” feature and interned in the Youth Education Center of the State Hermitage, where she researched artists, edited English-language texts and translated Russian texts to English. Taryn’s specific artistic interests are the Wanderers, Socialist Realism and photography.

Program attended: Art and Museums in Russia

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Elizabeth Rogers

Elizabeth Rogers

Elizabeth Everts Rogers has an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master’s in European and Russian Studies from Yale University. She hails originally from Omaha, Nebraska.

Program attended: Home and Abroad: Creative

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SRAS Students

SRAS Students

SRAS students come from around the world to study, intern, or research in Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, or Russia. They often write while abroad and, on occasion, SRAS will request to publish exceptional works. This account on Students Abroad will serve as platform to publish single contributions from individual students.

Program attended: All Programs

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The School of Russian and Asian Studies

The School of Russian and Asian Studies

SRAS specializes in study, research, and travel abroad to Russia and Eurasia.SRAS also maintains this site and provides free info for students studying Russia and Eurasia. Explore our resources to find out more!

Program attended: See All SRAS Programs

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