Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

CAAS 2012 CAAS Scholarship Recipients

Mon, May 21, 2012
CAAS 2012 CAAS Scholarship Recipients
CAAS Director Madeline Hsu with Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Undergraduate Research Awardee at GraduAsian (Photo copyright Quit Nguyen)

CAAS provides scholastic awards for exceptional students who have furthered the promotion of research, service, and academic involvement, which is imperative for the growth of Asian American Studies. This year CAAS awarded the following students and organization.

Graduate Research Awards

Kye-Hyoung Lee, PhD candidate in Higher Education Administration
Lee’s research will examine factors that would affect the formation of Asian American 9th graders’ educational aspirations as well as how aspirations are different by Asian American ethnic subgroups. It will be a quantitative study by analyzing a dataset called the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), which was released by the National Center for Educational Statistics. The findings will help understand Asian Americans’ educational aspirations, specifically how they vary by ethnic subgroups, and will allow educational administrators and policymakers to focus more attention on Asian American students.

Yishan Shen, PhD candidate in Human Development and Family Sciences
Shen’s interested in ethnic minority adolescents' acculturation, parent-child relationship, and their developmental outcomes. Currently, her project is focused on Chinese American adolescents' language brokering experience and how it relates to their psychological adjustment in the context of family relations

Undergraduate Research Award

Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Classics and Asian American Studies
This semester Nguyen took Professor Sharmila Rudrappa’s course, Sociology of Race and Work. This was her first course in the Asian American Studies major so the research paper she submitted marked a turning point in her personal understanding of American history surrounding employment, immigration, citizenship, and gender. In her fourth paper for the course, “Socially Constructed, Economically Maintained: The Gender Divisions of Labor,” she tried to understand how the social and economic structures in American society are conducive to gendered and racial stratification in the work force. This course and this paper contribute to her introduction into the history of Asians and Asian Americans working in America. 

Student Organization Award

Indian Student Association
ISA plans to use this award to continue hosting social, cultural and philanthropic events for the upcoming years. Their signature events are National Gandhi Day of Service, The ISA Shaan Awards and Taal Talent Show. They hope to host these events in the future to continue serving the community.


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