CSPS-Korea Student Fellows Become First Recipients of George Mason University’s Mini Grant at Korea Campus

photoSua Oh, a junior Global Affairs major, has officially become the first Mason Korea student to receive a Mason Impact Project mini grant by George Mason University’s Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

Mason Impact Projects are student-led projects that involve conducting in-depth studies to tackle global challenges and enhance communities. The highly competitive mini grants for Mason Impact Projects are awarded to qualified undergraduate students to cover expenses required to complete a Mason Impact Project.

Sua Oh, a Research Assistant at the Center for Security Policy Studies-Korea (CSPS-Korea), applied for the grant as a student representative for a new CSPS-Korea student-led project. As a result, CSPS-Korea Student Fellows received 500 USD in funding for their project, "CSPS-Korea 2021 Knowledge in Motion Series on Refugees: Our Unfounded Fear," which will be held on November 24, 2021 at the Incheon Global Campus Small Theater. 

photo“The Student Fellows and I were honored to receive the mini grant and also very encouraged because the grant in itself is a sign of acknowledgement of the value of our project,” said Sua Oh.

“I hope that as the mini grant award holds great meaning to us, that it also is a point of inspiration for other Mason Korea students to aspire to be part of the greater Mason community and take on the initiative of research projects in diverse fields,” said CSPS-K Honorary Fellow Seihoon Lee.

The project team also includes Mason Korea alumna Nahee Heo and Student Fellows Yuro Choi, Hayun Kim, and Derek Viator who have been working in close collaboration over the last few months to plan and execute this new series.

“This project is more meaningful as it has been initiated, organized, and implemented by students,” said Dr. Jihye Lim, Acting Director of CSPS-Korea and Global Affairs faculty member, who is supervising the project, adding, “Moreover, it shows how students practice what they learn. The students learned and identified refugee issues in class, discussed ways to increase public awareness of the issues, and designed the project based on the outcome of discussions. I believe that this is the true purpose of higher education.”

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