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Five OU Students Granted Critical Language Scholarships



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NORMAN – Five University of Oklahoma students are recipients of Critical Language Scholarships, awarded through the U.S. Department of State, to study one of 13 critical-need foreign languages.

The recipients will spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes this summer in one of 13 countries to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish or Urdu.

Recipients are:

-Sara Chilson of Norman, a College of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in linguistics and anthropology, who will study Hindi in India;

-Adam Hall of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., a Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts master’s of music degree major, who also will study Hindi in India;

-Alexander Reisner of Waxahachie, Texas, a College of International Studies senior, who will study Persian in the Republic of Tajikistan in central Asia;

-Derek Steiger of Norman, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in political science, who will study Chinese in the People’s Republic of China

-and Sarah R. Thomas of Edmond, a College of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in anthropology with a minor in Chinese, who will study Chinese in the People’s Republic of China.

The Critical Language Scholarship program is a part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. It provides fully funded, group-based summer intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. CLS Program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

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