Murray and Celeste Fasken Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award
Guillermo García Ureña is a fourth-year graduate student in Hispanic Studies. He’s worked with Texas A&M since the fall of 2013 teaching Spanish. García Ureña said he is honored to receive the Fasken award, and sees what could be described as a higher calling when it comes to education.“When I enter the classroom and I see the students looking at me, I feel the responsibility to do the best I can,” he said. “I want to make our time together valuable.”
García Ureña earned his bachelor’s in philosophy in Spain, at the Universidad de Complutense, and completed his master’s degree in Freiburg, Germany. He came to A&M after hearing good things about the department of Hispanic Studies. His dissertation covers the persecution of the Marranos, a persecuted group accused of being “crypto-Jews” and “false Christians” from the Spanish Inquisition, and their cultural and literary impact.
Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award 2015
María Belén Castañón Moreschi