ASC Student Wins DAAD Scholarship

Congratulations to Lucy Nga Than ’13 for being awarded a 10-month research scholarship to Germany by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)! The scholarship will enable Lucy to pursue further research on her project, “Education as a Means of Integration for Young Vietnamese Immigrants in Germany,” as part of a larger research project on immigration at the renowned Max Planck Institute for the Studies of Religious and Ethnic Diversities in Göttingen, Germany.

A student of economics and history, Lucy participated in the ASC German Studies Program’s Global Awareness Trip to Germany (funded by The Halle Foundation) in May 2012. During the two weeks in Germany, she met with several Vietnamese immigrants and conducted preliminary oral history interviews. After returning to ASC, Lucy enrolled in German 101 and also in the ASC German Studies course “Introduction to German Cultural Studies,” where she used her preliminary findings to develop a more substantial grant proposal for the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships are available for students enrolled at US and Canadian colleges and universities, but are highly competitive: All submissions are evaluated by an independent panel of international experts and only about 20 percent of all applications are funded. Thus, the scholarship is evidence for the relevance of Lucy’s project.

This is the second time in a row that an ASC student won one of these prestigious scholarships. Quyen Tran ’12, who won the DAAD scholarship last year, is currently in Freiburg, Germany, conducting research for her project “Epigenetics of Obesity.” Both awards show how small but well-designed course projects can evolve into international research endeavors.

Here’s a picture of Lucy presenting her preliminary research after returning from the two-week Global Awareness Trip to Germany:

Lucy Nga Than presents initial findings from her oral history interviews with Vietnamese immigrants in Germany (September 2012).  (Foto: G. Graml)
Lucy Nga Than presents initial findings from her oral history interviews with Vietnamese immigrants in Germany (September 2012). (Foto: G. Graml)
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