Excellence in Language Studies Award, Persian
Student Name: Simon Ray
Major(s): Arabic Studies Major and Middle Eastern Studies Major
Bio: Simon Ray is a senior in the college majoring in Arabic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, and is
honored to receive the Excellence in Language Study Award for Persian. Simon would like to thank Dr.
Hossein Samei for his dedication to the study of Persian Language at Emory. Simon found Dr. Samei’s
courses to be rigorous, rewarding, and fun whether they were held in classrooms or over zoom, and
credits Dr. Samei for inspiring him to engage further with Persian language and Persianate cultures.
Simon will be participating in the Summer 2021 Critical Language Scholarship session for the study of
Persian, and although it will be held virtually, plans to travel to the program site in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
as well as to other Persian-speaking countries in the future. Simon hopes to promote improved relations
between the United States and Persianate nations through a career in Diplomacy and International