Lidia Martinez graduated in May with a degree in Spanish, and in July she traveled to Miami to receive a national award for her outstanding academic achievements and exemplary involvement in extra-curricular activities related to Spanish.
The Mario Vargas Llosa Award is granted yearly to only one Spanish major or minor in the nation.
Named for the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, the award is given by Sigma Delta Pi (the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society) and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) to an undergraduate who is a member of Sigma Delta Pi.
Martinez, a resident of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., earned her B.A. with program distinction, graduating with a Spanish major and a Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor on May 15. She accepted the award at the AATSP’s annual congress on July 10.
Winning the award “is truly remarkable because there is only one recipient for this most prestigious award,” said Gorica Majstorovic, associate professor of Spanish and coordinator of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, who nominated Martinez. Majstorovic was Martinez’s adviser for the past two years as well as her professor and mentor.