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Hindi Student Sarah Robinson '18 featured on MyVU

Sarah Robinson

Sarah, a Frances Hampton Currey Scholar and Critical Language Scholarship recipient for Urdu, was recently chosen as one of 14 seniors to be profiled for the Class of 2018. Sarah discusses the relationship between her interests, including ethnomusicology and languages, and how learning Hindi and Urdu has impacted her goals for the future. Please find the full feature here.


South Asian Language and Culture Minor Farah Arif '19 Meets Joe Biden

Student Accomplishments

Farah Arif is a junior in the College of Arts and Science with majors in Public Policy and Spanish. She has engaged with the Asian Studies department through her minor in South Asian Language and Culture, primarily taking Hindi and Urdu language classes with Dr. McCarter. Farah aspires to work as an immigration lawyer and recognizes that language barriers often inhibit the ability of many immigrants to attain citizenship. In such, her studies in advanced Hindi have helped her become more confident in advocating for people of her own background in their own language.

Farah has previously interned for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Capitol Hill and Mayor David Briley’s Office in Nashville, along with advocacy work with Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors. She will be returning to DC this summer for a full-time internship. Farah’s skills and experience working with South Asian populations has helped her stand out in many applicant pools as a dedicated and well-rounded individual. Additionally, the support of Dr. McCarter has empowered her to reach for further prestigious internships in public service.

Asian Studies Seniors Win Prestigious National Fellowships

Congratulations to Jami Cox, Vanderbilt's newest Schwarzman Scholar!

Jami Cox

 Jami is majoring in Public Policy Studies and minoring in Asian Studies with a Chinese Language Concentration.  She was selected as one of 142 Schwarzman Scholars out of more than 4,000 applicants.  Follow this link to read more about the Schwarzman Scholars Program and her plans to pursue a master's degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  Congratulations Jami, for this highly prestigious honor, and best of luck!




 Adedeji Adeniyi '18 adds Fullbright Scholarship to Ongoing Achievements

A.AdeniyiAdedeji Adeniyi (Deji)’18, born in Lagos, Nigeria, is an Asian Studies and Molecular & Cellular Biology double major with a minor in Chemistry. Deji has been studying Mandarin throughout college, having previously been awarded the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). As a recipient, he spent more than two months in Suzhou, China studying Mandarin at Soochow University. Before that, Deji had participated in a scholarship-funded Maymester course in Beijing, China that expanded his knowledge of the political, cultural, and economic climate present in modern-day Asia. Recently, Deji has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship where he will be staying in Taiwan for a year. Long term, Deji plans to become a pediatric doctor and hopes to apply his Mandarin proficiency in the medical field by becoming certified to conduct physician care in Mandarin, especially for children whose English may be limited.

Prestigious Luce Scholar Fellowship Awarded to Phillip McGloin

Phillip McGloin

Vanderbilt senior Phillip McGloin has been named to the 2018-19 class of Luce Scholars. A nationally competitive fellowship, he was one of 18 students chosen from a competitive pool of applicants from students across the United States. While reflecting on his future as a Luce Scholar, Phillip comments, "I look forward to learning what it means to live, work and have unfettered exposure to Asia." While at Vanderbilt, Phillip has immersed himself in academics, international and professional experiences and athletics. He is a double major in economics and political science and a double minor in Chinese and financial economics. To learn more about Phillip McGloin and the Luce Scholar Program, click here.



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