Dr. Kourova has recived STARTALK grant. This is the sixth year. STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK grants fund summer world language learning programs as well as professional development programs for world language teachers. STARTALK grants support programs for students and teachers of eight critical need languages. During first 4 years it was a program for Russian Language and Culture titled “Preparation for the business trip to Russia.” Last year for the first time Arabic language was included and the ongoing theme is “Where East Meets West”. All STARTALK 2020 summer programs will be deferred to 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus.