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We are pleased to introduce our 2022-2023 Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship recipients! This year, the Carolina Asia Center awarded a total of 7 recipients including 3 graduate and professional students, 2 incoming graduate and professional students, and 2 undergraduate students for the study of Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Hindi-Urdu. The goals of the FLAS program are to assist in the development of knowledge and resources for modern foreign language and area/international studies, to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency, and to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs. The Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships are generously funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Applications for FLAS fellowships are usually available in the fall. For more information about FLAS, please visit carolinaasiacenter.unc.edu/scholarships/flas

 

2022-2023 FLAS RECIPIENTS

Penelope Alberdi, from Cornelius, North Carolina, is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has a double major in Psychology and Asian Studies, where she holds a Korean concentration. As a FLAS recipient, she will be advancing her knowledge of the Korean language and culture. Penelope hopes to use this opportunity to expand access to mental health care for underrepresented communities in the United States, such as Korean communities. Dani Dalton, from Boston, Massachusetts,  graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and a minor in Philosophy. As a current Master’s student in the Curriculum of Global Studies, Dani will pursue research on the intersections of gender and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). As a FLAS recipient, she will be furthering her knowledge of Hindi-Urdu to expand her capacities for gender equity and leadership-focused work.
Samantha Hoelzer, from Indian Land, South Carolina, is a second-year Master in Public Health student in the Global Health Concentration at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. As a FLAS recipient, she will be studying Mandarin Chinese and hopes to use this opportunity to become well-equipped to conduct public health research in China.  Maia Hughey, from Raleigh, North Carolina, is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology. As a FLAS recipient, she will be studying Mandarin Chinese to help expand her capacity to work with future patients who do not speak English.
Ivy Janson, from Loveland, Colorado, is a first-year graduate student in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies program. Their research focuses on Chinese history and culture, particularly relating to Chinese interactions with and perceptions of non-Han ethnicities within and surrounding the borders of the various dynasties and regimes. As a FLAS recipient, Ivy will be studying Mandarin Chinese to expand their capacity for research in this field and contribute to conversations surrounding identity throughout Chinese history. Natsumi Koyama, from Cary, North Carolina,  is a second-year Master in Public Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research lies at the intersection of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and maternal and child health (MCH). As a FLAS recipient, Natsumi will be studying Hindi-Urdu. After two years of experience living and working in India, and already being proficient in Bengali, Natsumi hopes to advance her study of Hindi-Urdu to effectively work with a more diverse population of South Asians.
Ann Suk is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, where she researches forced displacement and chronic health conditions along the Myanmar-Thailand border. As a FLAS recipient, Ann will study Hindi-Urdu, which will support her career goals of contributing to health equity and the rights of migrants and displaced people.
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