5 SMEA Students awarded FLAS Fellowships

Five SMEA students were awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; Valerie Cleland, Thao Huynh, Brandon Ray, Karen Villeda and Lily Zhao.

Valerie Cleland, first year Masters student, was awarded a FLAS award for the academic year through the Canadian Studies Department. She will be studying Inuktitut- the Inuit language of the Canadian Arctic. By learning Inuktitut, Valerie hopes to better understand the people who call the Arctic home and how climate change is affecting the Arctic environment and indigenous communities. This will complement her studies as an International Policy Institute (IPI) Arctic Fellow in the Jackson School and her Masters capstone project on oil spill risks with NOAA’s Emergency Response Department.

Thao Huynh, a first-year Masters student, is the recipient of a Summer FLAS Award from the Southeast Asia Center. This award will help further her studies in Vietnamese. Supported by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Affair’s, Thao will travel to Vietnam to participate in an immersive language and cultural study program this summer. She hopes to use her acquired skills to later study aquaculture development and certification schemes in Vietnam, which will help address sustainability issues in the global seafood trade.

 

Brandon Ray, a first year concurrent Masters student in SMEA and the Jackson School of International Studies, has been awarded the FLAS for a second year to continue his study of Russian through the Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS) Center.  This will complement his studies as an International Policy Institute (IPI) Arctic Fellow in the Jackson School and his Masters thesis, examining the political feasibility of transitioning from oil and gas to renewable energy in the Arctic.  Look for a podcast of Brandon interviewing the former Vice President of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North coming out soon, all in Russian!

First-year Masters student, Karen Villeda, is the recipient of two FLAS awards to learn Bahasa Indonesia and study Southeast Asia area studies. Supported by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Affair’s Southeast Asia Center, Karen will participate in an intensive two-month summer language immersion in Bahasa through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following this summer program, Karen will continue her Indonesian studies through a year-long FLAS Fellowship. These fellowships will complement her thesis research on skipack tuna in Ambon, Indonesia.

Lily Zhao, a first-year Masters student in SMEA, is the recipient of Summer and Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards to continue her studies of Swahili and the political ecology of East Africa. She will be supported by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Affair’s Center for Global Studies and will participate in an intensive summer language immersion program in Tanzania. Lily will use these language skills later in the summer, when tracing the flow of octopus and trade benefits across East African national boundaries. This project is a collaboration between the SMEA Marina Lab and researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Congratulations to you all!