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Graduate student earns institute selection

April 20, 2007

The National Science Foundation has selected School of Life Sciences graduate student Jason Walker to attend the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI).

Walker, who studies with professor John Briggs, will spend about eight weeks in South Korea this summer in partnership with the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF).

According to the National Science Foundation, the Pacific Summer Institutes were started to provide graduate students in science and engineering firsthand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or Taiwan. The institutes also serve as an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location, as well as an orientation to the society, culture and language.

The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research laboratory, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts.