The Russian Flagship Program is committed to fostering a welcoming, supportive community for students from all backgrounds and offers many resources to help students succeed. Students can meet with program advisors to discuss their individualized study plans, learn about new opportunities, or get help making decisions. The resources below are intended to help current students set up meetings with advisors, explore resources designed to enhance specific aspects of the program, and review policies to understand program requirements.


Karen Evans-Romaine

Position title: Co-Director


Phone: (608) 262-3499

1442 Van Hise Hall

Anna Tumarkin

Position title: Associate Director


Phone: (608) 262-2192 (dept. phone)

1439 Van Hise Hall

Laura Marshall

Position title: Assistant Director


Phone: (608) 890-2867

1336 Van Hise Hall

Office Hours

Karen Evans-Romaine
Spring 2021

Tuesday, 1:00-2:00 pm
Friday, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
By appointment

Advisees: Capstone and pre-capstone (those intending to apply to the ROF for 2021-22) students

Anna Tumarkin
Spring 2021

Wednesday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
By appointment

Advisees: Students in fourth- or fifth-year Russian

Laura Marshall
Spring 2021

Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 pm
By appointment

Advisees: Students in third-year Russian or below


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Co- and Extra-curricular Programming

Russian Flagship students are encouraged to attend as many extracurricular events as possible. Russian Flagship extracurricular events provide important opportunities for students to get to know other students outside of their “cohort,” meet scholars and other Russian-speaking visitors to campus and learn about their research or work, expand their cultural knowledge, and practice using their Russian in social situations. These activities are an important part of the program.

During the semester, residents of Russkii dom resident should also plan to attend regular ILC dinners and to sit at the Russkii dom table.

Students who are unable to attend in-person events are encouraged to utilize the program’s list of online language learning resources.

Criteria for Satisfactory Progress

To make satisfactory progress, students must:

  • Meet proficiency benchmarks and complete course requirements, as specified in their individualized study plan;
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.5 in Russian courses, and cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Enroll in at least 3 credits of Russian each semester;
  • Participate in 1-4 hours of tutoring, following program policies and tutoring guidelines;
  • Actively participate in Russian Flagship extracurricular activities and other programming for Russian Flagship students;
  • Participate in Russian Flagship assessments;
  • Create and maintain a profile in the National Security Education Program Student Certification System.

Students who are not making satisfactory progress will be notified first orally, then, if necessary, in writing. Students who receive a written notice may be placed on probation. Students on probation must meet the terms of the probation to remain a student in the Russian Flagship Program.

Student Certification System

The Student Certification System (SCS) is a database managed by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) in the U.S. Department of Defense, which funds the Russian Flagship Program at UW-Madison. NSEP uses the SCS to track student enrollments and determine the amount of funding, including funding for Language Flagship Scholarships, to provide for the Russian Flagship Program.

It is extremely important that students keep their profiles in the Student Certification System up-to-date!

For log-in issues or other SCS questions, please contact Laura Marshall.

Tutoring Guidelines

Tutoring is a critical component of the Russian Flagship Program that provides students with extra practice and focused, individualized attention as they progress through the program and work to meet proficiency goals. Russian Flagship advisors determine general areas of focus for tutoring (e.g. conversation, academic writing); students decide with their tutors how best to organize their tutoring sessions, based on these general areas of focus, and on their individual interests and needs.

Students meet with their tutors for 1-3 classroom hours (50 minutes) each week, at a mutually convenient time. Depending on a student’s level in Russian, their tutoring may take place in small groups, with other Russian Flagship students, or students may have both small-group and individual tutoring. In Fall 2020, tutoring will begin the week of September 7 and will continue through the last week of classes, the week of December 7. There will be no tutoring during the week of Thanksgiving, the week of November 23.

In Fall 2020, all tutoring will be conducted remotely using university-approved platforms: Blackboard CollaborateMicrosoft Teams, or Zoom.

Students are responsible for coming prepared to tutoring sessions with ideas for topics to discuss or aspects of Russian language to practice. Tutoring sessions should be primarily driven by students; they are not independent study or formalized courses for which their tutors will prepare lesson plans.

Students should give their tutor 24-hours written notice if they need to reschedule a tutoring session in a given week. In case of emergency, or on less than 24-hours notice, students should contact both their tutor and Laura Marshall, assistant director, by e-mail. When possible, make-up sessions for missed tutoring should be rescheduled within the same week.

Anna Tumarkin, associate director, oversees tutoring for the Russian Flagship Program, working closely with the rest of the Russian Flagship team. Laura Marshall assists with various aspects of coordinating tutoring, including weekly attendance checks, arranging make-up sessions, finding substitute tutors when illnesses or other absences occur, and coordinating space reservations for tutoring sessions.

Please direct questions or concerns about tutoring to Anna Tumarkin.