On May 5, the Research Center for Korean Community's 6-member Dissertation Scholarship Committee selected its four recipients for this year's Dissertation Scholarships. The 2012 Global Society of Korea and America Dissertation scholars are as follows:
Minjung Ryu (University of Maryland, College Park, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership)
Dissertation Title: “Revisiting the Silence of Korean Immigrant Students: How Korean Immigrant Students Negotiate Identities, Discourses, and Learning in Science Classrooms”
Kimberly McKee (The Ohio State University, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Women’s Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies)
Dissertation Title: “The Transnational Adoption Industrial Complex: An Analysis of Nation, Citizenship, and the Korean Diaspora”
Young A Jung (George Mason University, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Cultural Studies; Korea University, Ph.D 2003, Department of Korean Language and Literature)
Dissertation Title: “Emplacing Parenting: Migration and Belonging among Korean kirogi Families”
So-Young Lee (Brandeis University, Ph.D. Candidate, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Health Policy)
Dissertation Title: “Impact of Maternal Education Attainment Status on Birth Outcomes by Maternal Nativity Status of Korean Americans”
Pyong Gap Min, Director of the Center said, "Competition for the scholarships this year was very strong. As a result, four very promising doctoral students were selected as recipients."
The Committee was initially meant to select three recipients, each receiving $3,000. However, due to the strong applications of both the third and fourth-place candidates, the Committee decided to award both, each receiving $1,500.
Six recipients of last and this year's Dissertation Scholarships are scheduled to participate in a one-day conference to be held on November 17, 2012 - at Queens College tentatively. The six Dissertation Scholars are expected to present their papers based on portions of their dissertations.
The Global Society for Korea and America (President: Hyun Suk Kang) provides a fund of $9,000 for the Fellowships. Every year, the Research Center publicizes the Scholarships, collects applications, and selects three recipients. The Research Center also supports the recipients' visits to New York City for the conference.