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Rice University Campus Advisors

You are not required to go through any office on your campus in order to apply to the CLS Program. However, we recommend you make use of resources available on your campus to strengthen your application.

Resources on your campus may include an academic advisor, the Scholarships Office, Fellowships Office, Merit Awards Office, Study Abroad Office, Honors Program, Career Office or International Programs Office. A campus writing center may also provide helpful feedback on your essays.

The following individuals on your campus are knowledgable about the CLS Program and can provide advice on the application process for you, and support through the process:

Haejin E. Koh
Associate Director, Chao Center for Asian Studies
Hossam Elsherbiny
Lecturer, Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication

The CLS Program provides resources to help you prepare a competitive application with or without the help of an advisor:


Previous Recipients

Year Name Language Site Institution
2021 Angel Smith Arabic Ibri, Oman Rice University
2019 Sophie Schellhammer Chinese Changchun, China Rice University
2018 Benjamin Jones Arabic Meknes, Morocco Rice University
2018 Meghana Pannala Hindi Jaipur, India Rice University
2016 Milad Najafabadi Russian Vladimir, Russia Rice University
2015 Jonas Wittke Indonesian Malang, Indonesia Rice University
2015 Kira Wegner-Clemens Russian Nizhny Novgorod, Russia Rice University
2015 Esmat Elhalaby Urdu Lucknow, India Rice University
2014 Jemina Bouma Chinese Suzhou, China Rice University
2013 Sarah Craig Hindi Jaipur, India Rice University
2012 Graham West Arabic Tunis, Tunisia Rice University
2012 Monica Matsumoto Arabic Tangier, Morocco Rice University
2012 Abby Downing-Beaver Russian Kazan, Russia Rice University
2011 Sabrina Toppa Urdu Lucknow, India Rice University
2009 Kirstin Golberg Arabic Amman, Jordan Rice University
2009 Joseph Spinella Chinese Suzhou, China Rice University
2008 Kirsten Jones Hindi Jaipur, India Rice University
2008 Laura DeVault Russian Astrakhan, Russia Rice University
2008 Brandon Chalifoux Turkish Izmir, Turkey Rice University

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