Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities for American student scholars in over 160 countries. Last fall, Fulbright received a record number of applications, making this the most competitive cycle in the 75-year history of the program.Julia Mongo, Office of Distinguished Fellowships, at MIT News
Twelve MIT student affiliates have won fellowships for the Fulbright 2021-22 grant year. Their host country destinations include Brazil, Iceland, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Spain, and Taiwan, where they will conduct research, earn a graduate degree, or teach English.
Andrea Shinyoung Kim will graduate in June with an MS in comparative media studies. Her master’s thesis looks at the relation between digital avatars and personhood in social virtual reality, advised by D. Fox Harrell. Her Fulbright research in South Korea will investigate how virtual reality can facilitate cross-cultural learning and live performance art. Kim will observe Korean mask dances and its craft to better inform the design of online virtual worlds. She will collaborate with her hosts at the Seoul Arts Institute and CultureHub. After Fulbright, she plans to pursue a PhD to further explore her interdisciplinary interests and arts praxis.