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Christine Kim '17 to Teach English in Thailand with Fulbright Award

Christine Kim '17 to Teach English in Thailand with Fulbright Award

June 22, 2017

Christine H. Kim, a May 2017 graduate of DePauw University, will spend the upcoming academic year teaching English in Thailand after being awarded an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and established in 1946, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition aims to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.

Kim becomes the eighth member of the DePauw community to be announced as recipients of Fulbright awards for the 2017-18 academic year. Kaela Goodwin '17 will also teach English in Thailand, Gesenia Viviescas '17 and Sarah Scully '13 will serve in Taiwan with English Teaching Assistantships, Sarah Salazar '17 and Olivia Flores '14 will both serve as ETAs in Colombia, Mallory Hasty '17 will go to Malaysia with an ETA, while Jacqueline Rueda '17 received a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship and will conduct research in Brazil on gender and diversity.

A English (literature) and political science double major at DePauw, Kim also studied in Cape Town, South Africa, as part of her undergraduate experience.

"My past experiences studying and researching abroad provide me with crucial background knowledge, but I now seek something more," she wrote in her Fulbright application. "Teaching English in Thailand is a chance for me to help improve Thailand’s current conflict situation through English education."

Kim, who hails from Newburgh, Indiana, also plans to engage in volunteer work during her Fulbright experience. "Specific organizations that interest me are Children’s Home Volunteer Project, Orphanage Volunteer in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, and Bangkok Women’s Empowerment Volunteer. Each project focuses on my passions and goals."

The recent graduate's long range plans include earning a law degree with  a focus on international law, eventually working to enhance human rights and peacekeeping.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. More than 370,000 individuals have participated in the program since its inception.

Learn more here.

DePauw University is listed among the "Top Producers of Fulbright Awards for U.S. Students, 2016-17" in the Chronicle of Higher Education. DePauw has been cited as one of the USA's top producers of Fulbright Fellows six consecutive times and in ten of the last 11 years.

See the names of DePauw's Fulbright recipients here or visit the University's Fulbright page.

DePauw students and alumni who are interested in applying for Fulbright Awards may contact Jason D. Fuller, associate professor and chair of religious studies and director of the Asian studies program, or Kate Knaul, assistant dean of experiential learning and director of national fellowships and awards.

DePauw University ranks #4 among the nation's baccalaureate institutions in the number of students who studied abroad in 2015-16, according to the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Read more here.