This year’s recipient of the National German Award for Outstanding Senior is Daniel Stächelin. Daniel will earn his Bachelor of Arts in German with a minor from the University of California at Davis this June, and this fall, he will begin a Master of Arts in Literary Translation Studies at the University of Rochester. Daniel’s enthusiasm about the field of translation studies is remarkable and palpable. As an undergraduate, he has already subtitled an English TEDtalk in German, and in May, 2014, he was named Translator of the Month by Cafebabel.com for his extensive work on this multilingual magazine. Upon completion of his graduate degree, Daniel plans to work as a professional literary translator of German. Congratulations, Daniel, and best of luck as your begin your studies at the University of Rochester!
“My gratitude for receiving the 2015 Delta Phi Alpha Senior Scholarship is indescribable. My primary motivation throughout my undergraduate years at the University of California at Davis has been to become a literary translator, with the hope of sharing with the English-speaking world the diversity and complexity of German literature and culture. I accept this award with humility in mind, knowing that there are many students of German who equally share my fascination with the cultures and languages of the German-speaking world. Without them, and without the faculty at UC Davis, who continue to facilitate this fascination, I wouldn’t be where I am today. This scholarship will go toward my studies at the University of Rochester, where I will be completing a Masters degree in Literary Translation Studies and where I will translate my first book-length work of German fiction. I thank Delta Phi Alpha for their generosity, and for supporting and advocating the study of German.”