The Center for Korean Studies is offering financial support for a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa student to participate in the 9th Korea-America Student Conference, which will be held in South Korea from July 25 to August 15, 2016.
The Korea-America Student Conference is a student-led academic and cultural exchange program intended to build closer ties between young leaders in both countries. Each year, delegations of students are competitively selected from the United States and the Republic of Korea to spend three weeks together studying and analyzing Korea-U.S. relations while visiting three diverse regions in the host country.
The 9th KASC will travel to Jeju, Busan, and Seoul. The thirty-four students selected to represent the United States and Korea (seventeen from each country) will engage in academic, cultural, and professional exchanges, including participating in lectures, seminars, networking events, cultural activities, and community service. They will discuss, analyze, and co-create solutions to four pressing bilateral and global topics throughout the month and will present their joint solutions to a panel of experts and the general public at the conclusion of the conference.
The conference organizers are seeking to assemble a diverse delegation. Students in all majors are welcome to apply. No prior experience with Korea or Korean is necessary. Both undergraduate and graduate students attending school in the United States may participate. Successful applicants will possess good conflict-resolution skills, open-mindedness and flexibility, patience, consideration for others, willingness to exchange opinions in a respectful manner, and the ability to actively participate in all program activities and in group settings.
The application deadline for priority consideration is November 9, 2015, and the regular deadline is December 1, 2015. Applicants who apply by the priority deadline and are accepted will have a reduced participation fee of $1,995, early notification about their acceptance to the conference, and priority consideration for roundtable topics. The regular deadline participation fee is $2,150. The on-line application to participate in the conference can be found at http://www.iscdc.org
. Note that there is a $20 application fee.
The fee covers all conference expenses, including domestic transportation between sites, transportation within each site, lodging, food, networking activities, cultural activities, and other conference events. Delegates are responsible for their transportation to the first site of the conference and back from the last site of the conference.
The Center for Korean Studies will provide up to $3,000 to support a Mānoa student selected to attend the conference. Applicants must be classified undergraduate or graduate students at the time of application and during the conference and must demonstrate high academic achievement and promise. Applicants must provide proof of acceptance to participate in KASC.
To apply for the CKS scholarship, (1) submit a copy of the full KASC application to the Center for Korean Studies a week after the application is due at KASC and (2) ask recommenders to send copies of their letters to the Center by December 8, 2015.
For more information about CKS support for conference attendance, contact Merclyn Labuguen, Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawai‘i, telephone (808) 956-7041; fax (808) 956-2213; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the conference, see the KASC Web site: http://www.iscdc.org/kasc/2016/. Questions may be directed to Kianna MacKenzie (email@example.com), American recruitment chair (American delegates), or Emilie Kim, (firstname.lastname@example.org), Korean recruitment chair (Korean delegates). You can also contact the KASC program manager, Minjun Chen, via e-mail (email@example.com) or by phone at (202) 289-9088.
The conference is organized and managed by International Student Conferences, a non-profit organization incorporated in Washington, D.C. It facilitates two academic and cultural exchange programs organized by university students: The Korea-America Student Conference and the Japan-America Student Conference. ISC’s mission is to promote peace by furthering mutual understanding, friendship, and trust through international student interchange.