Byung Wook “Daniel” Choe ’16 has been awarded an $8,000 Korean Ancestry Grant Fellowship from the William Orr Dingwall Foundation. Choe won a previous $3,000 grant from the Dingwall Foundation for the 2013-14 academic year.
The Korean Ancestry Grant is awarded to about 30 students who are at least one-eighth Korean or of Asian heritage. Choe, of Seoul, South Korea, was selected from among applicants from the top colleges and universities in the country.
A physics major, Choe is a participant in the 3-2 engineering joint degree program between HWS and Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, with an intent to focus on energy engineering. Typically in this program, a student spends the first two years at the Colleges, the third year at Dartmouth, and the senior year in Geneva, followed by the fifth and final year at Dartmouth. Upon completion, Choe will receive two degrees, one from Hobart and one from Dartmouth.
Choe has served as a research assistant for Assistant Professor of Physics Ileana Dumitriu (pictured above) on two projects. The first involves using laser holography by means of reflection, creating a three-dimensional replication of an object on photographic plate. The second project focused on the interaction of negative ions with X-rays and involved data collection at Lawrence National Berkeley Lab in California and designing and writing codes to analyze the data.
Choe, who took a leave of absence from HWS to serve in the Korean Military for the past three years, wrote his application essay for the Dingwall Scholarship about that service “at almost the most valuable time-period of my life,” he says. ”It really made me grow as a person and it furthered my appreciation for education when I was serving.”
The Korean Ancestry Grant Fellowship was created in 1994 by Dr. William Orr Dingwall, a professor at the University of Maryland and a widely-published scholar and researcher in the area of the effects of brain physiology on speech and language. Dingwall cared for the welfare of new immigrants to the United States, especially those who wanted to pursue higher education. The foundation that he created has supported many students in their pursuit of undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in a variety of fields.