Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Congratulations to our Award-Winning Undergraduates in Asian Studies

Thu, May 22, 2014

Several of our majors have been awarded scholarships through the department and through national competitions. Please join us in congratulating the following students:

Architecture and Chinese major Benjamin Parker won the Bill and Tomiko Kennedy Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Chinese Studies. This scholarship supports undergraduate students who study Chinese language, literature, culture, and history at UT. Ben will spend his final year at UT preparing a thesis on foreign architects in China while interning in the fall with SHoP architects. Upon graduation, he plans to find work in an architecture firm that practices in both the US and China, hoping to one day open his own transnational practice.

Caleb Williams (Chinese) has been awarded the Louise J. Faurot Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Chinese Studies. This scholarship supports undergraduate students in their research and scholarly efforts with a focus on Chinese Studies. Caleb was a recipient of the 2013-2014 Huaya Enrichment Scholarship, which he is currently using to fund his studies at the Chinese Language Center at NCCU in Taipei, Taiwan. After graduation he plans to seek a position as an interpreter in diplomatic relations in Washington, D.C.

Dhara Lad (Hindi/Urdu) has been awarded the Aggarwal Endowed Presidential

Scholarship in Indian Studies. Dhara will be traveling to India for the 2014-2015 academic year in order to study Hindi and Urdu as a part of UT's Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program. She has been awarded the AIIS-Department of Education Fellowship, Global Austin's Cleo S. Seelinger Scholarship, the Liberal Arts Merit Scholarship, and UT's 25-Year Anniversary Scholarship, which should help fund her studies abroad and beyond. She looks forward to interning and researching while in India with the hopes of compiling the experiences into a senior capstone paper upon her return.

Chinese major Soo Jeong Kim won the Peter Vlach Memorial Scholarship in Liberal Arts, which was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 17, 2007, for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Mr. Peter F. Vlach of Trophy Club, Texas, a 1999 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts. Soo, who was also a recipient of the China Studies Scholarship, plans to study abroad in Taiwan this summer at National Taiwan University. She hopes the experience will raise her proficiency in Chinese to the level needed for use in her professional career.

The China Studies Scholarship for Study Abroad was awarded to Chinese majors Andrew Masters, Soo Jeong Kim, and Veronica Seng. Andrew, who also won the Taiwan – United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship, will be studying in Taiwan this summer. Soo will be studying abroad in Taiwan as well at the National Taiwan University while Veronica, who is studying in Beijing this spring, will move on to Shanghai where she will be studying Chinese and participating in an internship program.

The Mitsubishi Study Abroad Scholarship was awarded to five Japanese and one IRG major this year. Artem Gridnev and Kathy Cao both plan to attend Meikai University of International Studies in Tokyo while Eunice Smith will be enrolling in Obirin University at Tokyo. Erick Salinas and Stephen Liu (IRG) will spend the academic year at Sophia University, and Tyler Gilbert will attend the University of Iwate. The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Endowment provides partial funding for UT students studying abroad in Japan during the summer session or anytime during the academic year.

The POSCO Korean Studies Scholarship provides funding for UT students who participate in a language or other study abroad program in Korea. Students from various majors apply and this year, four were awarded the scholarship. Olivia Baker (IRG) will be attending Hanyang University’s summer program where she will be taking Asian Studies classes for her minor. Jiyun Chun (Plan II and Chemistry) plans to study at Seoul National University; she hopes to learn more about current medical systems and health care in Korea through interacting with professionals in the field. Theater and Dance major Moses Park will also be attending Hanyang University in Korea. While there, he will be pursuing an internship with an acclaimed director. Asian Studies and Japanese major Jennifer Wang will be studying Japanese at Osaka during the summer and Korean at Korean University in the fall.

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