Senior Jin Seong Choi Receives Peter Stearns Award for Global Citizenship

Senior Jin Seong Choi Receives Peter Stearns Award for Global Citizenship
Jin Seong Choi, a graduating senior, was awarded the Peter Stearns Award for Global Citizenship by George Mason University’s Global Affairs program

Jin Seong Choi, a graduating senior, was awarded the Peter Stearns Award for Global Citizenship by George Mason University’s Global Affairs (GLOA) program. Choi was selected from among Spring 2021 graduates in the GLOA program. This significant honor recognizes one graduating student each year who has not only excelled in their studies throughout their career at George Mason, but also challenged themselves outside the classroom and contributed significantly to their community.

Choi is a senior majoring in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Governance. His academic interest lies primarily in the area of political science, specifically in international relations, security studies, and diplomacy. To fulfill his academic curiosity, Choi has been working as a Student Fellow and Research Assistant at the Center for Security Policy Studies-Korea (CSPS-Korea), a satellite branch of CSPS at the US campus. Throughout his fellowship, he helped organize two international security symposiums: “Environmental Challenges and Solutions” and “Human Security in the Gray Zone: North Korean Defectors and Their Children.” He also participated in a research project on sports diplomacy sponsored by the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After graduation, Choi plans to pursue graduate studies in the field of international politics and continue developing his academic interests.

Reflecting on his time at Mason, Choi is particularly grateful for the mentorship of Professor Soyoung Kwon. “Taking this opportunity, I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude toward Dr. Soyoung Kwon, Director of CSPS-Korea and Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, who has always encouraged me to think outside the box and pulled me out of my comfort zone. Her intriguing and insightful Government classes helped shape my academic interests. I also had the honor of taking part in a governmental project and organize symposiums on international security, which are rare opportunities for an undergraduate student. Meeting Dr. Kwon was a turning point in my life.”