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Achievements by Students and Alumni

* Kristina Chambers (JNH Minor) receives two national-level scholarships: $4,000 Bridging Scholarship from American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) and $800 monthly scholarship from Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) to study at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 2017-2018 academic year. 
* Nick Staffa, AAAS-major, LIN and CHI-minor (Class of 2009), was featured in America the Bilingual. (September 2017) 
* Chris Saunders '17 was selected to be an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher)  for the JET (Japan Exchange Teaching) program.
*   Zachary Strum and Anthony Otters (Class of 2017) were awarded 2017 China Studies Scholarship, $1,000 and $500, respectively for their excellence in the study of Chinese language and culture. 
 *  Mohammed Ali (Multidisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Philosophy and Religious Studies) was awarded with the Best Essay Award in the College Division of the 12th Annual Japan Center Annual Essay Competition (2016-2017) sponsored by Canon USA with a $3,000 monetary award. See the article in  Happenings.
*   Sang-ha Yoon (Economics) and  Ji Yea Kim (Linguistics) were awarded with the graduate  scholarship  in Korean Studies ($3,000 each, Spring 2017)
*   Grace Chang (AAAS-major), mentored by Peg Christoff, got the runner up for the Think Big Competition (Her project: " The Global Problem: Hepatitis B"). Grace was  honored at  the CAS Awards and Recognition ceremony, The Difference You Make, on April 5th.   
*  Anthony Vicario, Ivy Lin Wu and Liza Yanovskaya were awarded with the  Jeen  Hong Kim scholarship ($1,000 each, Fall 2016), an undergraduate award for academic achievement and leadership for Korean Studies minors.   
*  Sharon Benedett (Japanese minor) spoke her academic passion in the article   Happenings," Linguistics Student Speaks the Language of Unity."
*  Tiara Hess '16 (Japanese minor) was awarded with the Merit Award in the Japan Center’s 11th Annual Essay Competition sponsored (2015-2016) by Canon USA.  See the article in Happenings.
*    Ria Chang-Mockrish '12 is now Head of the World Language Department at the Cebu International School (CIS ) in Cebu, Philippines. CIS is an accredited international school and an authorized IB world school.  Ria has been teaching Middle and High School Mandarin, and IB Mandarin ab initio and started the first cohorts of Mandarin B at the school for the diploma program.   
* Robin Caselli '15 (Japanese minor) was awarded with  Undergraduate Recognition Award for Academic Excellence. She studied both Japanese and Korean at Stony Brook and  created Online Grammar Dictionary for Japanese and Korean as a part of Honors Project:
*  Morgan Macklin ’16 is Ready to Take on the World!   Please   click here for article.
*   Kazuyo Murata, one of our Religious Studies graduates, accepted a position as a tenured lecturer in Islamic Studies at King's College London 
* Amy Dang (AAAS major, '15) was selected as the URECA Researcher of the Month, in January 2016. Please  click here for article.
* Recent graduate,  Nicholas Staffa, is now teaching Chinese at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong.  Nick  is the only non-Chinese (of a total of about 20) instructor!  Prior to taking the post in Hong Kong, he was Head of the Chinese Department at an international school in Seoul, Korea, after receiving Chinese Language Teacher Certification in the U.S.
* Alumni  Kristian Petersen, who majored in Religious Studies, teaches at the University of Nebraska, Omaha as Assistant Professor in the department of Religious Studies.
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