Congratulations to the Asian Studies Major Graduates of 2013!
Christopher Kong Ho Chan
An Asian Studies and Civil Engineering major, with a Business minor, at Jones College, Chris is from Calgary, Canada. Chris received the Whitley Work Abroad Scholarship and the Social Sciences 2010 Gateway International Fellowship to support his work as a volunteer at the United States Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo. He will begin the Master’s Studies program in Structural Engineering at Stanford University in the fall.
Benjamin David Chou
An Asian Studies, Energy Studies and Political Science major at Martel College, Ben is from Sugar Land, Texas. Ben is a Truman Scholar and has been a Udall Scholar, a Rice University Century Scholar working with Prof. Steven Lewis, and a Distinguished Trustee Scholar. He plans a career in public service, starting with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington DC this summer.
Kevin Hwa-Ding Chu
An Asian Studies (B.A.) and Electrical Engineering (B.S.) major at Wiess College, Kevin is from Taipei, Republic of China. Kevin will join Osha Liang, an intellectual property firm in downtown Houston, with plans to attend law school in the future.
Navtej Singh Dhaliwal
An Asian Studies, Mathematical Economic Analysis and Policy Studies major at Martel College, Navtej is from Dallas, Texas. He was a 2012 Baker Institute Summer in DC Fellow (working at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), and a 2011 BIPP/Leadership Rice SME Fellow in Paris (working at Institute francais de relations internationales). He plans on studying Hindi in Jaipur, India, next year before pursuing graduate studies in social science research.
Claire Marie Garney
An Asian Studies and History major at Baker College, Claire is from Alexandria, Virginia. Claire plans to teach English in Korea next year and then pursue graduate studies in Washington DC.
Alison K. Hightman
An Asian Studies and Electrical Engineering major at Baker college, Alison is from San Diego, California. Alison’s team senior design project on neonatal mon- itoring for resource-limited settings won first place in the undergraduate category at Rice ECE Affiliates Day 2013.She will soon start work at PBXL, a telecommunications company, in Tokyo, Japan.
Maxwell David Bell Hirsch
An Asian Studies and Computer Science major at Brown College, Maxwell is from Austin, Texas. He will begin working for IBM after graduation.
Robert K. Ip
An Asian Studies major with a minor in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Will Rice College, Robert is from Brooklyn, New York. Robert received a Chao Center AURA to support teaching and study in Beijing, China in 2011. He will begin serving with AmeriCorps in New York after graduation, with plans to attend medical school in the future.
James G. Keenan
An Asian Studies (B.A.) and Earth Sciences (B.S.) major at Lovett College, James is from Corpus Christi, Texas. He has received the Devlin-Schnable Memorial Scholarship and the Eugen Merten Memorial Prize in Geology and Geophysics. James will attend graduate study in Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines.
An Asian Studies (B.A.), Biochemistry and Cell Biology (B.S.), and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (B.A.) major at Hanszen College, Emily is from Austin, Texas. Emily plans to attend graduate school for advanced study in Evolutionary Biology.
Joscelyn Claraluz Mejías
An Asian Studies (B.A.) and Bioengineering (B.S.) major at Brown College, Joscelyn is from Edinburg, Texas. She received Brown College’s Paul and Ruth Pfeiffer Award. Joscelyn will start doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory Universities.
Erick Alvaro Miller
An Anthroplogy and Asian Studies major at Brown College, Erick is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Erick was awarded the Mitsubishi Scholarship and the Chao Center AURA in 2011-2012 to support studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan. Erick will be an Assistant Language Teacher in the 2013-2014 JET Program in Japan.
George Andre Romar
An Asian Studies major at Duncan College, George is from Port Arthur, Texas. He received the Trustee Distinguished Scholarship, the Duncan College Edelweiss Award for Outstanding Service, and a Chao Center AURA award in 2011 to support Chinese studies at Peking University in Beijing. George will begin work as a research associate for the Science and Technology Program at Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy before attending medical school.
Sabrina Shahbaz Toppa
An Asian Studies and Policy Studies major at McMurtry College, Sabrina is from Forth Worth, Texas. She will begin a one-year exploration of the lives of urban transportation workers in cities all around the world using Rice University’s Zeff Fellowship, with plans to go on to graduate studies in the future.
An Asian Studies and the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality major, with a minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities, at Will Rice College, Saima is from New York City. She was a Loewenstern Fellow in 2010, and received the Susan McAshan Summer Service Award in 2012. Saima plans to travel in Asia or Latin America to work in non-profit development.
An Asian Studies, History and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major at Hanszen College, Stephanie is from Taipei, Republic of China. She received the Garsize Prize in History. After graduation Stephanie plans to “do something awesome,” an endeavor receiving the unqualified and enthusiastic support of the entire Asian Studies faculty.
An Asian Studies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major at Sid Richardson College, Youxin is from Houston, Texas. Youxin will work in clinical oncology research after graduation, with plans to attend medical school in the future.
Tianlong Kevin Yi
An Asian Studies major and Biochemistry and Cell Biology minor at Duncan College, Tianlong is from Houston, Texas. He will begin medical school at Texas Tech Health Science Center in the fall.