International Students’ Outstanding Contributions

WashU International Students Receive Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in their Fields

For the last newsletter of the 2016-17 academic year, we wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge a few of the many impressive WashU international students who have been recognized for making outstanding contributions in their fields.

Alireza Taheri Araghi from Iran, a PhD student in Comparative Literature, received the $1,000 Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing from Prairie Schooner, a literary magazine published at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The magazine gives out awards for “work published by established and emerging writers.” The award was given for Taheri Araghi’s story, “Snow,” which was published in the Fall 2016 issue of the Prairie Schooner.

Jun Bae from South Korea, a 2016 graduate of the Bachelor’s program in Architecture, had his feature-length documentary, Bob’s Tour – Understanding What We See, presented at the Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase last summer. The film tells the story of Bob Hansman, one of Bae’s professors at the Sam Fox school of Design & Visual Arts, and his efforts to raise awareness of “the struggling neighborhoods of north St. Louis — and to the racial, social and urban histories that have shaped them.” The Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase “screens works that were written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or films with strong local ties.”

Rohit Gupta from India, a PhD student in Engineering, recently received the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Budding Innovators Award from the government Ministry of Science and Technology in India. The award was given for his paper “Octaphenyl-Oligomeric Silsesquioxane and Carbon Soot Doped Polymer Matrix Composites for Ablative Applications,” which he completed while an undergraduate studying in India.

Congratulations to these students and to the many other WashU international students who continue to make outstanding contributions in their fields.






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