GW-IU Undergraduate Research Exchange Program 2023-2024
The Institutes for Korean Studies at George Washington University and Indiana University Bloomington invite students to apply for the GW-IU Undergraduate Research Exchange Program. We select students who are interested in conducting research about Korea. All students receive mentoring from faculty at the Institute for Korean Studies.
Selected students participate in research workshops during the fall and spring semesters, take part in a mini-conference, and present their papers at the annual GW-IU Korean Studies Undergraduate Research Exchange Conference in the spring semester. The conference alternates locations between Washington, DC, and Bloomington, IN. This academic year's conference will be held at Indiana University.
2023-2024 GW-IU Undergraduate Research Fellows:
Major: Political Science and East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Project: The South Korean Government and the Use of K-Pop as Soft Power
Research Explanation: The research examines how the South Korean government leverages the popularity of K-pop to positively influence its national image. The study will also explore the government's interactions with non-governmental individuals in the United States to achieve this objective.
Minor: Korean, Spanish, and Second Language Acquisition
Research Project: Noun Incorporation and the Korean Light Verb Construction
Research Explanation: Investigating the various applications of the Korean Light Verb Construction (LVC) through data collected in Seoul. The project focuses on noun incorporation within the context of the Korean language, contributing valuable insights to the field of Linguistics.
Major: East Asian Languages & Cultures (Korean)
Minor: Political Science
Research Project: Stalinism's Role in Inspiring and Shaping North Korea's Juche Ideology
Research Explanation: North Korea, among the world's most isolated governments, offers a distinctive case in international politics due to its adoption of Juche, an ideology centered on self-reliance. This study analyzes various World War II, Korean War, and Cold War era archival data, and delves into how Stalinism, within the context of Soviet Communism, influenced this ideology, and how it directed North Korea's domestic and international political affairs.