Submit your semester project for the Research Award and take advantage of other opportunities in Asian Studies.
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Asian Studies Opportunities 

January 2012

Happy New Year, and welcome back for the Spring 2012 semester! Celebrations of the Year of the Dragon abound, starting next week, along with a Buddhist poet/practitioner visiting UA. Later in the semester, a film series, a lecturer on Korea, and other opportunities will come, so watch for updates. Also, don't miss an opportunity to compete for a monetary prize and one of the two Asian Studies Awards!

If you want to discuss a minor in Asian Studies, contact Steven Ramey, 202 Manly Hall,

Asian Studies Research Award

Submit your paper or project from last semester or a previous semester for the Asian Studies Reseach Award. The award will be presented at the Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation in April and includes a $150 scholarship.

Submission guidelines - Students must submit their research or creative project electronically by January 30, 2012, to All submissions must include a cover page with the student’s name, CWID, email address, and a 3-4 sentence summary of the paper or project. For creative projects that are not in a paper format, students should submit a 1-2 page description of the project and its academic basis along with appropriate documentation of the project (e.g., photos, video, audio files). Further information is available online.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year is January 23, and groups at UA and in Birmingham have celebrations planned to bring in the Year of the Dragon. The Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at UA is organizing a program on 22 January in Ferguson Center Ballroom. Tickets are on sale daily (Adults $10, children $5) on second floor of Ferguson. The program includes performances and a buffet.
The Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe will perform at Birmingham Southern College's Munger Auditorium on January 18, 7:00-9:00 pm, to celebrate the New Year. Admission is free.  
The Birmingham Chinese Festival Association will also celebrate the New Year with performances and food in Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham on January 28, 11am - 4 pm. Admission is free ($2 suggested donation). For more information, visit the Birmingham Chinese Festival website.

Scholarships and Study Abroad in Asia

Two scholarships at UA prioritize students studying abroad in Asia.

Full time UA students wanting to study Japanese language in Japan can apply for the Miyagawa Scholarship. Deadline is March 1.

The Ronald R. Robel Scholarship provides assistance for UA students who are participating in a study abroad program, with first priority going to students planning to study in Asia. This scholarship requires a 3.5 GPA.

The Freeman-Asia program provides need based assistance to undergraduates studying in East and Southeast Asia. Deadline is February 15, 2012.

These scholarships could help fund participation in these UA study in Asia programs this summer. All three require applications, with deadlines of March 1.

Bangladesh -Grameen Bank - Interim

China - Language and Culture - Summer I

Japan - Language and Culture - Summer I

Zen Poetry Reading and Discussions

Norman Fischer, a poet and priest within Zen Buddhism, will be at UA January 17-19 to read from his poetry collection Conflict and to lead discussions and meditation sessions. Check out the schedule of events at Creative Campus.

In this issue

  • Research Award 
  • Celebrate Chinese New Year
  • Scholarships and Study Abroad opportunities
  • Zen poetry reading and discussions
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