BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Boryana Borisova (Elgin, Ill.) has received this year’s Phi Beta
Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic society and recognizes excellence in
the liberal arts and sciences. Illinois Wesleyan’s Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Awards foster and celebrate student research that engages, translates and bridges academic
disciplines and/or crosses traditional boundaries. Applicants submit a senior-level
research paper or a work of art, music composition, film, collection of poetry or
research that stems from experiential learning. The award-winning project is published
in CrissCross, the IWU chapter’s online journal of undergraduate interdisciplinary work.
Borisova’s winning essay was entitled “Aesopian Language of Soviet Era Children’s
Literature: Translation, Adaptation, and Animation of a Western Classic,” the same
title as her research honors project. An International Studies major, she graduated summa cum laude with research honors on May 7.
As a student, Borisova received the Robert S. and Nell B. Eckley Scholars and Artists
Fellowship for a comparative analysis between the original English text of Winnie-the-Pooh and its retelling by Russian writer Boris Zakhoder. She also received a Benjamin
A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia.
During her time at IWU, she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, a Russian
and Spanish language tutor, and a research assistant to Isaac Funk Professor of German
and Russian Marina Balina, who served as Borisova’s advisor for the Eckley and research
honors projects. Borisova was also selected for the International Studies Outstanding
She will enter the Master of Library Science program at Indiana University’s School
of Informatics and Computing this fall. She will receive a full-ride research fellowship
– the Information and Library Science (ILS) Merit Scholar Fellowship – along with
the ILS Technology Scholarship.