UF education student receives Korean grad student honor

Seonjin Seo

Seonjin Seo

The University of Florida has selected Seonjin Seo, a graduate student in the College of Education, to receive the Korean Graduate Student Research Award for her publication of research studies.

Seo, working toward her doctorate degree in special education, has published several research reports on various topics including instructional practices for students with learning disabilities, personnel issues in special education and international education.

The award was initiated by UF medical Professor Paul W. Chun in 1995 to recognize the achievements of Korean graduate students at UF. Seo’s selection makes the award a family affair. Her husband, Kwang-Hyeon Baik, received the award in 2003 when he was an engineering student at UF. 

The four recipients of this year’s award received an award certificate, a recognition letter from President Bernie Machen and $500.

Seo is the first College of Education graduate student to receive the award, which usually goes to students in the more technical fields such as engineering and medicine.

Her research was conducted through the Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education (COPSSE) in the College of Education. Her research interest emerged from her past experiences teaching special education classes while living in Seoul, Korea, her native country.  After completing her graduate studies this August, Seo hopes to become a professor at an institute of higher education.



      Daphne Charles, dcharles83@yahoo.com