Yujeong Park, a UF doctoral student in special education, is one of 25 Korean and Korean-American graduate students nationwide to receive the 2011 Korean Honor Scholarship for high academic achievement and noteworthy extracurricular activities.
The Republic of Korea government created the scholarship in 1981 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of diplomacy between Korea and the United States, and to encourage outstanding Korean students to achieve their highest academic performance and develop leadership qualities for their future professional careers.
The scholarship committee awarded 105 scholarships this year and more than 2,400 over the past 28 years.
Park began her UF doctoral studies in special education two years ago. She also works as a research assistant for UF’s National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development.
She presented a research report in April in New Orleans at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Her report explored the linkages between knowledge for teaching fluency, classroom practice and student achievement. She also is leading a study on the effects of the Head Start program for English language learners.
Park previously received the University of Florida’s 2010 International Outstanding Student Award.