Monday, April 7, 2014

Spanish Major Gets Fulbright to Spain

Denis Whelan is a senior mathematics major with a Spanish minor from Milford, CT. He has been involved with the Blue Key Society, Candidates' Day Committee, the New Student Orientation Program, and he is a Resident Assistant. He has participated in and led several service break trips, including trips to Kentucky, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Georgia, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. 

After interning at Sikorsky Aircraft after his sophomore year, Denis participated in the National Heart Lung Blood Institute-funded Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Boston University. Last summer, he performed an independent research project in nutritional epidemiology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. During the fall semester of his junior year he studied abroad in Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain through CIEE where he lived with a host family and took 5 courses in Spanish. Upon returning to Villanova, Denis interned for the Villanova Law School as a translator for Spanish-speakers at the Farmworker's Legal Aid and Tax Clinics.

Next year, Denis will be returning to Spain as an English Teaching Assistant through the Fulbright Grant. He will then attend Emory University's PhD program in Biostatistics through the Rollins School of Public Health. In May he will be inducted into Villanova's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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