Excellence in Language Studies Award, Portugese
Student Name: Doris Cikopana
Major(s): Spanish & Portuguese and International Studies (Pre-medicine track)
Bio: Doris Cikopana was born in Albania and moved to Chicago at the age of 13. She is a senior majoring in Spanish and Portuguese and International Studies, on the pre-medicine track. Doris has always had an interest in learning more about new languages and cultures. During her undergraduate years at Emory, Doris has been exposed to the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture multiple times. The summer of her sophomore year, she studied abroad in São Paulo, Brazil. The year after, Doris returned to São Paulo during the summer to conduct research on the field of public health under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Lesser. The research that she carried out developed into her honors thesis. Doris’s research focuses on the accessibility to health services by patients who do not speak Portuguese as a first language in Bom Retiro, a multicultural and multilingual neighborhood in the city of São Paulo. In her thesis, she analyzes the relationship between communication barriers and accessibility and proposes solutions to improve access to health services by patients who do not speak Portuguese as a first language.