The USC Korean Studies Institute is led by David Kang, one of the foremost experts in East Asian international affairs, particularly in North and South Korean affairs. Under his leadership, the KSI stands apart from other major research university institutes in its focus on the contemporary political, economic, and social issues confronting Korea today. The KSI strives to be a source of educated and nuanced scholarship which provides support for domestic and global leadership when confronting the global ramifications of contemporary Korean issues. KSI scholars are well positioned to be future leaders with their knowledge of these complex, relevant and important topics.
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Graduate Student Support
Undergraduate Student Support
The academic tradition of endowed chairs dates back to 1502, when Margaret of Richmond, mother of Henry VII, established the Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity at Oxford University.
Half a millennium later, the endowed chair has evolved into one of the most prestigious and permanent investments that can be made in any university. These seats constitute a powerful means of attracting and retaining superior faculty members by providing a permanent source of financial support for salaries and academic activities. Furthermore, endowed positions offer a unique opportunity for students to study under the guidance of a world-class scholar.
Beyond their direct impact on creativity and scholarship, these venerated posts play a vital role in immortalizing the individual or company whose name is permanently linked to the chair, resulting in a highly visible form of recognition that lives on from generation to generation.
Only by recruiting world-class scholars can USC educate more students in Korean issues, provide a wider range of events and activities, and frame and guide the debate about important issues of the day. More faculty results in more students studying Korean contemporary issues which results in more and better educated leaders of the future.
EDUCATIONAL PRIORITIES: TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
Exposing students to Korean studies can only strengthen their own education and encourage future leaders to emerge. The USC Korean Studies Institute provides support and incentives for all students: graduate students who have already committed to making Korea a part of their working lives; undergraduates who are unsure about whether they wish to work or study in Korea; and those students for whom Korea is a casual interest.
GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT
Graduate students are at the heart of the university's research enterprise. Working under the supervision of distinguished Dornsife College professors, doctoral students challenge their faculty mentors to consider new ideas, and are in turn challenged by their mentors to assure that their research closely hews to scientific, scholarly and ethical standards.
Graduate students often receive stipend and tuition, but these funds fall short of covering expenses. It can cost as much as $50,000 a year to support a single graduate student. Universities are competing more intensely than ever to attract the best and brightest young minds to their campuses. To stay competitive, USC Dornsife College offers many of its most coveted students full scholarship support and research subsidies.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT
USC actively promotes undergraduate involvement in research, which deepens and strengthens their educational experience by allowing them to work closely with USC faculty. The student recipient is enabled to pursue graduate level research as an undergraduate under the close supervision of a faculty mentor.
Outreach that involves the wider Los Angeles community, the Korean community, and important political and economic constituencies is a vital aspect to the work of the USC Korean Studies Institute. Projects include naming a distinguished visiting fellows program or endowing a distinguished speaker’s series.