Ms. Sun Mei Liu was selected as the recipient of Asian American / Asian Research Institute’s 2012 CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship. The Scholarship, in honor of the late Dr. Thomas Tam and administered by AAARI, awards $1,000 annually to a single qualified undergraduate student currently enrolled at CUNY, Asian or non-Asian, who has demonstrated creativity in the communication of the concerns of the Asian American community in areas such as Health, Education and Culture.
Ms. Sun Mei Liu is a recent graduate of Brooklyn College/CUNY, with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. Ms. Liu’s project, based on her senior honors thesis, Filling The Gaps of Knowledge: Assessing the Health Status of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Population, calls attention to the lack of awareness of the health care needs of Asian Americans and calls on local community leaders, academic institutions, health centers and government agencies to collect disaggregated data on a national and federal level for ethnic subgroups instead of under the umbrella term “Asian American/Pacific Islander.”
Due to the competitive applicant pool and generosity of the Tam Family, a runner-up scholarship of $500 will be awarded to Mr. Liang Lin, an undergraduate student at Queensborough Community College/CUNY, for his project, Asian-American Student Advocacy Project. With the help of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, Mr. Lin initiated an Ethnic Studies curriculum at Flushing International High School to help resolve some of the problems that immigrant students faced by allowing them to learn more about their histories and identities, helping them to build up their confidence, and to be more college and career ready.
Honorable mention scholarships of $250 each will be also be awarded to the following students: Ms. Rabiah Gul (John Jay), Ms. Teng Lei (Baruch), Ms. Alison Fischer (Hunter), and Mr. Bing Jee Ng (Baruch).