Students Receive 2014 Prix de Francais Award

by Davidson College

This year the French and Francophone Studies department awarded the Prix de français to two students: Nicholas Ambrose Bader '14 and Ashley Beth Parker '14.

Co-recipient Bader is a double major in History and French and Francophone Studies. He spent his entire junior year abroad in Paris and Tours, France, and worked for a month in Monet's garden in Giverny during the summer of 2013. This year, he has been an enthusiastic AT for the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the 201-level. His Honors thesis is an insightful study of children of war born of French mothers and German fathers in occupied France during WWII. As one of the 2014-15 recipients of an English Assistantship through the French government, he will teach English in France next year in the region of Grenoble. 

Co-recipient Parker is a French and Francophone Studies major with a Concentration in Medical Humanities. Following a semester on the Davidson in France program, she has served these past two years as lead French tutor in the Center for Teaching and Learning and as a co-President of the e-board of the French Club. Her Senior Honors Thesis on the phenomenon of
depopulation in France has allowed her to combine her interests in medicine, feminism, and French social policy.  Before heading off to medical school, she will spend next academic year in France teaching English at an elementary school in or near Grenoble.