Excellence in Language Studies Award, Russian 


Student Name: Katy Mayerson

Major(s): Interdisciplinary Studies and Russian

Bio: Born and raised in New York City, Katy Joy Mayerson has long believed that understanding another’s culture and language is the key to successful diplomacy. Katy started learning French as a toddler, and she picked up Portuguese as a teenager working at a law firm in São Paulo, Brazil. At Emory, she decided to try Russian, largely because of her Russian and Ukrainian heritage. Her first class was like a lightning bolt! Katy became a fan of all things Russian, and is graduating with a double major in Interdisciplinary Studies and Russian. She has also served as President of the Slavic Club for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

Katy spent one summer studying Russian intensively with Yale University at SPBGU in St. Petersburg, and one summer in Kiev with Dr. Elena Glazov-Corrigan. She has tutored in Russian and taught English grammar and writing skills to underclassmen in Writing Labs. Katy was thrilled to be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa, Dobro Slovo, and Phi Sigma Iota Honor Societies. She recently successfully defended her honors thesis on the role and influence of French in Imperial Russia and Postcolonial Africa. You may recognize Katy as your friendly barista from Kaldi’s Coffee. In the future, Katy hopes bring a more qualitative and interdisciplinary approach to international relations as a member of the Foreign Service.