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German double major selected as a Rhodes Scholar finalist

smiling student, outsideRyan Summers graduated from WSU on December 9 with a sensational resume: a first degree in computer engineering, a soon-to-be completed second degree in German, his name on a patent, selection as a Rhodes Scholar finalist, numerous awards for outstanding scholarship and undergraduate research, and a 4.0 GPA. The 22-year-old has also completed an international internship, delivered a research presentation in China, and held coveted summer jobs at Elon Musk’s California tech company SpaceX.

It’s an impressive set of achievements. In addition, Summers is determined to do his part to make the world a better place—a goal he’s already advanced as an undergraduate. » More …

China Town Hall to focus on state, local impact

China Town Hall“The annual CHINA Town Hall aims to help people nationwide understand the challenges and opportunities of what has been characterized as the most important bilateral relationship of the twenty-first century,” said Lydia Gerber, clinical associate professor of history and director of the WSU Asia Program, the local event sponsor.

As the top U.S. state exporter to China, Washington has an enormous stake in U.S.-China relations. From wheat to apples and Microsoft to Boeing, businesses and industries statewide are directly affected by America’s political and economic strategy regarding China. » More …

Students land Gilman awards to study in Asia, Europe

College of Arts and SciencesThree College of Arts and Sciences students received nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship awards to study-abroad this fall.

The students are:

  • Evan J. Wilson, a junior majoring in international business and marketing and minoring and Chinese-language, will spend the academic year at Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Michael B. Young, a sophomore majoring in Chinese and Japanese language and culture, will spend the academic year studying in Harbin China through the CET Academic Programs’ Intensive Chinese Language program.
  • Alma J. Zamago, a junior majoring in Japanese, will study during the academic year on an exchange with Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.

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WSU among top 10 innovative schools for foreign language study

WSU recently was recognized among colleges and universities nationwide for its pioneering approach to teaching foreign languages. TheBestColleges.org, a national reviewer of online education, lists WSU among the 10 Most Innovative Colleges for Foreign Language Study.

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