This year’s Center for Korean Research Manhae Prize for Korean Language winners are Ariella Napoli (Barnard College) and Nicole Sim (Barnard College).
Ariella is a senior at Barnard College majoring in East Asian Studies and minoring in Religion with a concentration in Early Modern Korean History. With the generous support of Columbia, Ariella had the pleasure of studying the Korean language at Sogang University in South Korea. Ariella will continue her language education at the graduate level to support her professional aspirations in academia.
Nicole is a senior at Barnard College, studying classics (Latin) and economics. Aside from attending pre-kindergarten in South Korea, Nicole had no experience with formal Korean language education until she came to Columbia. She is deeply indebted to the Korean language department (especially to Professors Yi, Chung, and Jung) for revitalizing her interest in Korean language and culture. Nicole hopes to become fluent enough to use Korean at her workplace, communicate with extended family at a high level, and watch K-dramas without the subtitles.
Manhae Prize is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student in the Korean language program. Its recipients receive a prize and an award certificate.
1) has taken Korean courses at Columbia for at least three years.
2) has shown steady improvement in language skills.
3) has received an average of B+ or above in Korean language classes.
2019 – Clarissa Macias (Barnard College) and Haejin Park (Columbia College)
2018 – Abbey Haixin Li (Columbia College) and Joshua Hansol Suh (Columbia College)
2017 – Sean Brennan (Columbia College)
2016 – Melody (Jiaqi) Huang (Columbia College) and Jong In Yoon (Columbia College)
2015 – Annah Overly (Barnard College)