Two social sciences graduate students have been named 2011 Phi Beta Kappa Alumni International Scholars:

  • Harry (Hyung Ju) Hong, economics graduate student from the Republic of Korea,
  • Shunan Zhang, psychology (cognitive sciences) graduate student from the People's Republic of China

The honor, awarded to graduate students engaged in their final year of study, includes a $1,500 scholarship. 

Before coming to UCIrvine, Hong worked as deputy director of the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) – a counterpart to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). His dissertation focuses on the consumer welfare and price changes from mergers between competing firms. After finishing his doctoral work, Hong hopes to return to Korea where he will work on helping to enforce Korean antitrust laws.

Zhang  is a cognitive sciences doctoral candidate who focuses on mathematical models of decision making and learning. Born in China, Zhang would like to continue her post doctoral work here in the states where she hopes to contribute to the enhanced communication and collaboration between decision making and other fields.

-UCI Graduate Division

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