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World Languages and Literatures

SAAB representative for World Languages and Literatures 2018-19

November 30, 2018

Dear WLL Majors,

My name is Jack Penrod and this academic year I am serving as the SAAB representative for the World Languages & Literatures department, as well as for Chinese, Japanese and Russian minors.  If you have any interest in applying for a SAAB grant, then please feel free to get into contact with me.

“What is SAAB?”, you may ask yourself, as I also did before becoming a representative.  Well, the Student Academic Affairs Board (SAAB) is a student-run organization comprised of elected officials, as well as of at least one representative from each department, such as myself.  Each Monday evening between 6:00 and 8:00, the board convenes to hear students present their grant proposals.  The four types of grants which students may apply for are as follows:

  1. Student-motivated research
  2. Attendance at conferences
  3. Visiting scholar programs
  4. Performances or artistic displays

With the help of SAAB, you could potentially have your project fully funded, which is a fantastic opportunity.  In order to submit a grant, you will first need to get into contact with two SAAB representatives from different departments.  Ideally, you should contact us at least two weeks prior to submitting your proposal, so that we can have adequate time to help make your proposal as strong as possible.  For in-depth instructions regarding each type of application, and about SAAB in general, please visit these two links:

Lastly, as a SAAB representative, I also act as a liaison between students of the WLL department and its faculty, so if you have any comments or concerns regarding the department, you can certainly speak with me.  Please feel free to send me an email at  Or, alternatively, you can flag me down if you see me around campus.  Just look for the guy with a handlebar moustache, who is often wearing a jacket and tie.

World Languages and Literatures

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