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May 30: Carnegie Mellon Students Win Freeman-ASIA Awards for Summer Study Abroad in Shanghai, China


Jenni King

Carnegie Mellon Students Win Freeman-ASIA Awards
For Summer Study Abroad in Shanghai, China    

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University students David Andrews and Samantha EunYoung Cho recently received Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) for the summer 2007 semester. The Freeman-ASIA summer programs include awards for up to $3,000 to support American undergraduates planning to study in East or Southeast Asia. Both students received the full amount of the award.    

Andrews and Cho will participate in a summer program at the Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China, where they will study the Chinese language to improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.     

"The Freeman-ASIA Awards have opened the door for Carnegie Mellon students to study in Asia," said Eva Mergner, senior coordinator of study abroad and exchange programs. "Students benefit from study abroad personally, academically and professionally. Understanding the unique cultures of Asia has proved invaluable to Carnegie Mellon students in preparing them for an inherently global workplace."    

Andrews, son of Mark and Cindy Andrews of Bridgewater, N.J., is a rising sophomore majoring in electrical and computer engineering. Cho, daughter of Sunduk Cho of Fort Lee, N.J., is a rising junior majoring in business administration with a dual concentration in entrepreneurship and marketing.

The trip and eight-week program, which runs from late May to mid-July, is organized annually by Carnegie Mellon's Modern Languages Department and includes 29 students this year.    

Since the launch of the program in 2000, Freeman-ASIA has supported more than 3,000 U.S. undergraduates with their study abroad plans. The primary goal of the Freeman-ASIA Awards is to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing them with the information and financial assistance they need.