The Simon, Arpi & Marie Simonian Prize for Excellence in Leadership awarded to LPP Postgrad student Miss Petra Stanković
The Simon, Arpi & Marie Simonian Prize for Excellence in Leadership is an annual prize open to both undergraduates and postgraduates at St Edmund Hall. The prize is awarded to an individual who has shown significant leadership qualities during their time at the Hall in any area, e.g., sport, charity work, or potential future academic leadership, to name a few. This year’s prize is awarded to a postgraduate student in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, Miss Petra Stanković, for her commitment to teaching. At the aforementioned department, she taught a foundation course in LaTeX, a software system used for document preparation, to graduate students during Michaelmas Term 2020. Her goal was to teach her colleagues how to code in LaTeX for the sake of producing neater assignments and facilitation of people’s writing of online exams at the end of academic year. As a consequence, students have not only gained new skills that are often necessary for papers in linguistics, but have had the chance to socialise with each other and discuss common concerns during the COVID-19 global pandemic.