2005 Award Winner: Renata Santos (left to right, Mehmet Yavas, Renata Santos, Feryal Yavas, Tometro Hopkins)
Renata Bomfim Faria Santos was born and raised in São Paulo, in the southeast part of Brazil. At the age of 21, she received a BS in Journalism from Faculdade de Comunicação Social Cásper Líbero and started taking some special courses to sharpen her skills as a Corporate Communications professional. Renata worked in the Communications field until 2002, when she came to the United States to pursue her graduate work.
In the fall of 2003, Renata entered the Master's Program in Linguistics. During her time as a graduate student, she worked as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Linguistics and English Grammar classes and she did comparative research on the syntax and pragmatics of English and Portuguese. She graduated in May, 2005 and plans to pursue her doctoral degree in the near future. She currently teaches at college level.