Excellence in Language Studies Award, Spanish
Student Name: Lia Rae Benes
Major(s): Spanish and Applied Mathematics
Bio: Lia is a senior in the College studying Spanish and Applied Mathematics on the pre-medicine track. In addition to her major study, she conducts research in fluid dynamics through the Emory Department of Physics. Outside of academics, Lia enjoys volunteering at Winship Cancer Institute and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and spending time with her brothers in Alpha Phi Omega. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to study abroad in Buenos Aires through Emory’s Argentine Studies program. Shadowing Dr. Paola Brunetti in Argentina was an extremely formative experience that confirmed her desire to practice medicine. After graduation and a relaxing summer, Lia will be starting medical school. Although she is still considering other options, she will likely be attending Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Lia hopes to one day practice medicine in an underserved urban area. She knows that her Spanish language skills will be invaluable in this endeavor.