Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Three Japanese Majors Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Fri, March 3, 2017
Three Japanese Majors Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
Lucero Estrella / Photo Credit by Alberto Gonzalez

Congratulations to this year’s undergraduate inductees into Phi Beta Kappa, the world’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, established in the College of William and Mary in 1776.

 

For the second year in a row, three majors from the Department of Asian Studies were selected:

 

Stephany Barnes, Asian Cultures and Languages (Japanese), B.A. 2016

Tyler Gilbert, Asian Cultures and Languages (Japanese), B.A. 2016

Lucero Estrella, Asian Cultures and Languages (Japanese), graduating 2018.

 

Junior Lucero Estrella is a double major in Mexican-American and Latina/o Studies and Asian Cultures and Languages, specializing in Japanese. This Liberal Arts Honors student has also gotten involved in undergraduate research while at UT, conducting research in Mexico City for the Bridging Disciplines Program Certificate in Media, Culture, and Identities. Lucero’s interest in the Mexican and Japanese culture has resulted in an honors thesis on “Japanese Migration and Settlement in Northern Mexico and U.S. Surveillance, 1900-1930” and a conference presentation on “Anti-Japanese Sentiment Along the U.S. – Mexico Border.” She has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Gates Millennium Scholarship, the Rapoport Service Scholarship, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Lucero plans to study abroad in Osaka, Japan this upcoming spring.

 

 

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