Boston College Alumna Selected for Fulbright Distinguished Award for Teaching
yunseon esther kim will study and conduct research in the united kingdom
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (August 2015) -- Yunseon Esther Kim, a 2005 Boston College alumna, has received a Fulbright Distinguished Award for Teaching—one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating world-wide—to study and conduct research at Sheffield Hallam University in England.
Kim will study educational practices in UK schools with a focus on at-risk students. Her project will be centered on promoting positive behavior and learning through counseling and health intervention.
“I was thrilled to learn I received the award and for the opportunity to learn great teaching practices abroad," said Kim, who graduated from the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in communication and minor in Hispanic Studies. "It’s always been my passion to meet the diverse and often pressing needs of underprivileged students. As a Fulbright scholar, I will be working on developing an academic and behavioral support system that will help instill healthy lifestyles and learning skills in these students. I hope to gain many professional and cultural insights from this work that will allow me to better serve the needs of our students, school and community.”
Kim is an award-winning high school mathematics teacher in New York City. She earned a master of science in teaching from Pace University in 2010. In 2013, she was awarded a Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics, presented by The Fund for the City of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
“I know our 2015 cohort will do us great credit during their time in the UK and beyond," said Penny Egan, executive director of US-UK Fulbright Commission. "Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards: one of the world’s most competitive merit-based international scholarships.”
Added Amy Moore, director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, "This year's [scholars] have been carefully selected for their impressive accomplishments, academic excellence and a genuine desire to delve into UK culture and collaborate with new people and experience new ideas.”
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.
The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.
Prominent alumni of the Fulbright Program include poet Sylvia Plath, Charles Kennedy MP, journalist and author and Commissioner Toby Young and economist and Noble Prize winner Milton Friedman.