Undergraduate Student Awards and Accomplishments - 2017
Diana Hernandez is the Undergraduate Research & Creative Activites (URECA) Researcher of the Month for February. Diana is a senior, currently completing the requirements for an honors degree in Comparative Literature. Her thesis focuses on a 1933 work written by Salvadoran author Salarrué called Cuentos de Barro (Tales of Clay), a collection of folktales about the everyday lives of El Savador’s "campesinos" or impoverished farmers. Working under the mentorship of Professor Timothy August of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Diana examines the language and the ways the book reproduces themes of colonization and stereotypes of indigeneity. Diana also got helpful advice from Professor Paul Firbas of the Hispanic Language and Literature Department. Diana plans to present her thesis project in April at her department's spring colloquium; and at the upcoming URECA undergraduate research symposium (April 26).
Diana graduated from Brentwood High School, and earned an Associate of Arts degree in Creative Writing in December 2014 from Suffolk County Community College prior to transferring to Stony Brook University. At Stony Brook, Diana has served as a Teaching Assistant for Comparative Literature 301: Theory of Literature. She plans to pursue graduate study in Spanish Literature/Comparative Literature.