Awards in Asian American Studies

Student award recipients with faculty
2017 graduating minors and majors holding gift journals

These awards honor and recognize outstanding students in Asian American Studies. Undergraduate students are formally nominated by faculty in the spring quarter and then approved by the Committee on Asian American Awards.

  • Outstanding Achievement in Asian American Studies is presented to graduating seniors who excel in AAS coursework and foster initiatives and demonstrate leadership, both within the classroom and in co-curricular activities sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program.
  • Distinguished Essay in Asian American Studies is presented to students who have written the best essays on any topic related to Asian American studies.
  • Good Citizenship in Asian American Studies is presented to students who actively and regularly participate in activities sponsored by the Asian American studies program and honors their meaningful contribution towards community building.
  • Asian American Community Summer Fellowship awards one Asian American Studies Minor a $3,000 grant to pursue an internship at a non-profit community organization that serves the Asian American community.

2016-2017 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

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Diana Fu (Weinberg '17)

Outstanding Achievement

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Hayeon Kim (Weinberg '17)

Distinguished Essay

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Stacy Tsai (Weinberg '18), Carrier Bag Theory of Asian American History

Good Citizenship

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Jessica Wang (Weinberg '19)

Good Citizenship

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Joon Choe (Weinberg '19)

Asian American Summer Community Fellowship

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Jailene Ochoa (SESPE '20)

2015-2016 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

Kevin Luong

Kevin Luong (Weinberg '16)

Distinguished Essay

Theanne Liu

Theanne Yang Liu (Communications '16)
Houston Chinatown as a Second Home: Racial and Ethnic Identity Formation in Chinese and Southeast Asian American Young Adults

Distinguished Essay

Johan Qin

Johan Qin (Weinberg '16)
Chinese-American Attitudes Toward Mental Illness: How Culture, Family, and Experience Influence Perceptions of Stigma

Good Citizenship

Hayeon Kim

Hayeon Kim (Weinberg '17)

Asian American Summer Community Fellowship

Phan Le Hong

Phan Le Hong (SESP '17)
Interned at Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Newsletter Title Contest

Mia Zanzucchi

Mia Zanzucchi (Medill '17)
Newsletter title: "AASPire"

2014-2015 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

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Junnie Kwon (Medill '15)

Tiffany Chang (Weinberg '15)

Distinguished Essay

Thelma Godslaw (Weinberg '16)

Yoona Ha (Medill '15)

Good Citizenship

Cinthya Rodriguez (Weinberg '16)

Kevin Luong (Weinberg '16)

Asian American Community Summer Fellowship

Alejandro Banuelos (Weinberg '15)


2013-2014 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

Stephanie Bergren (Weinberg '14)

Sofia Sami (Weinberg '14)

Distinguished Essay

Heather Menefee, "The Fourth Branch of Government: Raciality, Covert Operations and Media Convergence in the Assassination of Patrice Lumumba" (Weinberg '15)

Aozora A. Brockman (Weinberg '15)

Good Citizenship

Nina Rogers (Communications '14)

Noor-Ul-Ain Shahid Hasin (Weinberg '14)

2012-2013 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

Aozora Brockman (Weinberg '15)

Distinguished Essay

Hyungjoo Han (Weinberg '13), "Alien Citizens to Student Ambassadors: The Relocation of Nisei Students from Internment Camps to College during World War II"

Gregory Uzelac (SESP '13), "Ethnic Callaloo: A Study of the Formation of Indo-Caribbean Ethnic Identity"

Good Citizenship

Satugarn Peter Limthongviratn (Weinberg '13)

Junnie Kwon (Medill '15)

Summer Fellowship

Stephanie Bregren (Weinberg '14)

Read about her experience this past summer with South-East Asia Center here.


2011-2012 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

Hyungjoo Han, for her captivating video "The Sherman Wu Incident" and her exceptional thesis "Increasing Access for Underrepresented Groups to the University of California Post-Proposition 209: The Institutional Responses from UCLA and UC Davis to Maintain Campus Diveristy"

Distinguished Essay

  • Kathleen B. Han, " 'Do You Hablar Coreano?': My Father's Immigration from Korea to Paraguay and America"

Good Citizenship

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Summer Fellowship

Hao-Kai Wu (SESP '14)


2010-2011 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

  • Kristen Sun (American Studies major and Asian American Studies minor) for her in-depth thesis titled, "Remembering the 'Forgotten War' in Film: Transnationalism and Gender in The Host (Bong Joon-ho, 2006), Gran Torino (Clint Eastwood, 2008), and Address Unknown (Kim Ki-duk, 2001)"

Distinguished Essay

  • Irene Liang (Economics major) for her piece titled, "Asian Interethnic Relationships Among College Students in the United States"

Good Citizenship

  • Leila Pree (Asian American Studies minor) and Emily Srisarajivakul (Social Policy major and Asian American Studies minor)


2009-2010 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

  • Arben Jay M. Aguado for his thesis called, "From Our Feet to the Beat and the Page to the Stage: Filipino/a Chicago Youth Social Movements of the 21st Century"

Distinguished Undergraduate Essay

  • Hannah Grune for her outstanding essay titled, “Lia's Story: Language and Cultural Barriers in American Medical Systems"
  • Natalie D'Silva for her outstanding essay called, “Transnationalism and Family in the Indian Community"

Good Citizenship

  • Arianna Hermosillo and Duong Nguyen

2008-2009 Award Recipients

Outstanding Achievement

  • Joseph Lee (Psychology major and Asian American Studies minor; Vice-Coordinator of Communications for APAC

Distinguished Essay

  • Christine Kim for her outstanding essay titled, “The Center Stage Theory of Race: A Different Approach to Race Relations” written for Asian American Studies class 245, Cracking the Colorlines: Black-Asian Relations with Professor Sharma
  • Christine Choi, “Rewriting the Mainstream: A Comparative Study of Intergenerationality in Asian and Latin/o Novels,” American Studies Senior Honors Thesis advised by Professor Alba Cutler

Good Citizenship

  • Courtney Sharpe (Asian American Studies minor)