Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) e-News 
Table of Contents
  1. Happy New Year!
  2. ALC Student Highlights
  3. Free Meals for Students
  4. ALC Language Tables
  5. ALC Events
  6. Summer Term
  7. Conference Announcement
  8. Undergraduate News & Events
  9. Graduate Student News
  10. Advising Available
  11. Apply to Graduate
Happy New Year!

The Chinese New Year zodiac is made up of 12 animals, each used to represent years. Zodiac signs play an integral part in Chinese culture and can be used to determine your fortune for the year, marriage compatibility, career fit, best times to have a baby and so much more!

Each animal has different characteristics associated with it, and it is believed that people born in a specific year possess some of the characteristics of the animal for that year.

In order, the 12 animals of the zodiac are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat (sometimes interchangeable with sheep), monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Take a look at the chart above to find your zodiac animal! Courtesy of Professor Hongming Zhang.

A Happy New Year message courtesy of Professor Jaerin Ahn's Sixth Semester Korean class!
ALC Student Highlights
ALC congratulates two of our undergraduate students who have been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa.

Allison Hesselberg, Chinese and Theater & Drama major with East Asian Studies certificate

Erin Nauman, Chinese and Legal Studies major

Phi Beta Kappa is one of the highest honors bestowed upon exceptional undergraduate Letters & Science scholars.  Upon faculty review of these students' academic record Erin and Allison were elected for membership by the UW-Madison chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and recognized as outstanding students in the Chinese program. Congratulations!
Free Meals for Students

The Wisconsin Union will provide a free meal to students the week of February 22nd.  Registration, however is required:

The meals will be frozen so that students can heat and eat when they are ready.

The meals will be distributed at Memorial Union on 2/23, 2/24 & 2/25.  Students are asked to select their meal option as well as the date and time to pick up.

1 meal per student and they must show their Badger Badge.

Meals will go fast but they will do this again in March and April.

These meals are provided by generous donors to the Wisconsin Union’s Annual Fund. 

ALC Language Tables

Chinese tables are virtual this semester. What is Chinese Table? Glad you asked -- Chinese Table is a platform for Chinese enthusiasts, students, and native speakers to converse in mandarin and learn from each other! "Rooms" will be split into beginner, intermediate, and advanced proficiency so all are welcome. Plus, if you're in a Chinese language class, you will earn extra credit! Chinese tables will be held from 4:30-5:30 pm Central Time every Friday

Already an expert or a native Chinese speaker? Come and help -- we're always looking for volunteers!

Join via Zoom by entering the meeting ID above, or click on the links below: 
Beginner -- Intermediate -- Advanced

Filipino language table
Wednesdays at 7:00-8:00 pm 
Coordinators: Trixie Cataggatan ( and Ethan Gonzales (

Indonesian language table 
Mondays 10-11am

Thai language table
Fridays 1-2pm

Vietnamese language table
Thursdays 3-4pm
ALC Events

This event is aimed at current UW-Madison Graduate Students. Non-ALC students are welcome to join us.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 932 6202 8105
Passcode: 181711
Tuesdays, Feb 23rd, March 23rd, April 20th at 11 am CST

Have you been feeling lately like it's hard to get involved? Hard to connect with your peers? Hard to find leadership opportunities in your major? Asian Languages and Council undergraduate council is an inclusive and welcoming space where you can get involved with our departments team! We value your ideas, perspectives, and feedback! We encourage you to engage with us and help us make this the best ALC department we can possibly be! Join us for an informal chat with students across programs and language interests.

Join Zoom Meeting
2021 Asian Studies Student Symposium
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5-6:30 pm
via Zoom

We welcome advanced undergraduate students in the Asian Languages & Cultures, Chinese or Japanese major; Chinese or Japanese Professional Communication certificate programs; and dedicated students in our Asian language courses to share their experiences in our virtual showcase! Talk to your faculty, instructor, or advisors in ALC about what YOU could do to exhibit and show off your skills and knowledge in our ALC annual spring event!

Deadline to participate: March 5th by email to

Summer Term
Asian Languages & Cultures (ASIAN) Summer courses:

ASIAN 120 Art and Science of Human Flourishing (06/14-08/08/21, MTWR 11-11:50 am, online) H or Z, Elementary

ASIAN 236 Asia Enchanted (05/17-6/13/2021, MTWR 10:45 am - 12 pm, online) - Com B, H, Elementary

ASIAN 255 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations (05/17-6/13/2021, online) - H or Z, Elementary

ASIAN 371 (002) Traveling East Asia in Writing (07/12-08/08/21, MTWF, 8:30-9:45 am, online) - Sophomore standing, Lit, Intermediate

ASIAN 371 (001) Villains and Victims (05/17-06/13/21, MTWR 9:30-10:30 am, online) - Sophomore standing, Lit, Intermediate

Asian Languages & Cultures: Languages (ASIALANG) Summer courses:

ASIALANG 203 Third Semester Japanese (06/14-07/11/2021, MTWRF 8:55 am - 12:45 pm, online)

ASIALANG 204 Fourth Semester Japanese (07/12-08/08/2021, MTWRF 8:55 am - 12:45 pm, online)

ASIALANG 205 Third Semester Korean (06/14-07/11/21, MTWRF 8:50 am - 2:10 pm, online)

ASIALANG 206 Fourth Semester Korean (07/12-08/08/21, MTWRF 8:50 am - 2:10 pm, online)

Important Summer Term 2021 Dates:

The Schedule of Classes for summer will be available in Course Search & Enroll on February 22, 2021
Enrollment for continuing students begins the week of April 5, 2021

Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study

• Be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA that reflects academic success

• Enroll in at least one UW-Madison summer course by May 1, 2021

Important Dates:

• Application period opens on February 12, 2021

• Submit application by 11:59pm on April 11, 2021

• Students who apply by March 14, 2021 may be eligible for early notification of decision prior to summer enrollment

For more information on how to apply, visit

Summer Finish

Available to students who can finish their UW-Madison degrees by enrolling in summer courses.

Eligibility Criteria:

• Must be eligible to graduate with planned summer coursework

Important Dates:

• Application period opens on February 12, 2021

• Submit application by 11:59 pm on April 11, 2021

For more information on how to apply, visit

Transfer Scholars Summer Award

Award is automatically applied to the tuition bills of students who transferred to UW-Madison in spring 2021 and enroll in courses in summer 2021.

Eligibility Criteria:

• Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP)

For more information, visit

Conference Annoucement

The Illinois Language and Linguistics Society 13 and Sociolinguistics Symposium 2021 is on February 26 and 27! 

Registration for both ILLS13 and SOSY2021 is free! When you register for one, you will be registered for the other. You can register either here or here All registrants will receive the links to the conference the week before the event.

Undergraduate News & Events
Panel Discussion to hear from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who also served as AmeriCorps Volunteers

Friday, February 19
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern)

Join us at this panel discussion to hear from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who also served as AmeriCorps Volunteers. Discover the benefits of service from returned Volunteers. Learn about the challenging, rewarding and inspirational moments from service. Ask questions about service and gain tips to guide you through the application process. Follow the link to REGISTER!
The 4W Initiative is hiring an undergraduate student to be our 4W Event Planning & Development Intern! The role is ideal for someone interested in event planning, development and fundraising, and nonprofit management. This position will be remote for Spring 2021 with potential for in-person work in the summer and 2021-22 academic year. Applications are due by Sunday, February 21st. 

A detailed position description is attached and linked here. Information can also be found on the Home & Internships page of our 4W website ( 
Have you been thinking about completing the UW-Madison Leadership Certificate? The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) would like to invite all UW-Madison students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) who are interested in learning more about the Leadership Certificate to attend one of three upcoming virtual Informational Sessions.

Wednesday, February 24th: 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, February 25th: 7:30-8:30 PM

Thursday, March 4th: 10:00-11:00 AM

Location: Zoom! Select link above to register.

The Orientation format will be a general overview geared toward students who are just beginning the Lead­ership Certificate application process. Through interactive group work we will discuss questions you may have about your specific leadership experiences.

Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) is now accepting applications for 14 leadership positions to lead the student programming board on campus.

With 11 committees and the Wisconsin Hoofers, we provide our fellow Badgers with numerous opportunities to plan and promote a diverse array of events and experiences for the campus and Madison community.

• 11 Director positions—Applications due Friday, Feb. 26th

Compensation is provided for WUD leaders and the amount varies based on position.


Sophomore Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff during summer 2021 or the 2021-22 academic year. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs. At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2021, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

Public Humanities Exchange for Undergraduates (HEX-U) is a public humanities grant that provides training, mentoring, and funding for UW-Madison undergraduates as they plan and implement creative, humanities-inspired projects in the local community. The program creates a bridge for the students to collaborate with a community partner (public library, museums, schools, non-governmental organizations, community centers, etc.) to execute projects that identify and respond to community needs. Each student or team of students receive a $600 stipend award, up to $2000 in project funds, and mentorship from staff. The spring application deadlines are February 4 and March 25.

The L&S SOAR team seeks applications and nominations for SOAR 2021 peer advisors

We welcome applications from all students with an intended or declared L&S major. We seek to build a peer advising team that is diverse, inclusive, and representative of our undergraduate students in L&S and who can work with students from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. Applications are due by 11:59 PM Central Time on March 1, 2021.

Apply or be nominated:

You’ll find a job description, as well as the application, here:  

Diplomatic Careers Panel Event

March 1 / 1:00pm – 2:30pm CST

At this virtual panel event, you’ll learn from professionals who work in different areas of diplomacy, both in the United States and abroad. Get insights on what these jobs look like, application strategies, and networking tips to get into this field. Participating professionals will be from the Diplomatic Security Service and Foreign Service under the U.S. Department of State and USAID.

Register on Handshake to participate

View participating professionals here

Federal Reserve Board, Career & Internship Webinar – All Majors -- University of Wisconsin Madison

The Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, provides the nation with a safe, flexible and stable monetary and financial system. We represent the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, an independent federal agency, based in Washington, DC. Join us at one of four webinars to learn about careers at the Board!

Go to: and then enter job number “22328”, that gives students instructions on submitting a resume to be reviewed and then someone will reach out with instructions to register.

Session #1

Tuesday, March 2nd 2021
5:00 pm EST - 7:00 pm EST
Virtual Event:

Session #2

Tuesday, March 2nd 2021
5:00 pm EST - 7:00 pm EST
Virtual Event

Area and International Studies Undergraduate Paper Awards
Submission deadline: Friday, May 7, 2021 by 2pm

The area and international studies centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies are each awarding up to $1,000 (actual award amounts vary) to the best paper/s and projects written by an undergraduate and focused on their respective world regions.

To be eligible you must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at the UW-Madison.

The paper must be/have been submitted to fulfill a UW-Madison course or thesis requirement during the 2020-2021 academic year (Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 terms).

Submissions must substantially address issues related to the world region of the center you are submitting to; papers submitted to the Institute for Regional and International Studies should have a trans-regional focus.

Please visit for full submission details.

Deadline for submission is 2pm on Friday, May 7, 2021. Awards will be disbursed through the Bursar's scholarship system.

Questions? Email Mark Lilleleht @ or call 608.265.6070.
Graduate Student News
Society for Asian Music Small Grants

The Society for Asian Music is pleased to announce this year’s small grant program to support research in Asian music. There will be up to two small grants dedicated to full-time graduate students and, on a trial basis, one additional small grant available for independent scholars and/or contingent faculty who are otherwise ineligible for institutional research funding.

Grants will range from $2000-$4000 and are available for the period from May 2021 - May 2022. For more information, click here.

Proposal deadline: March 1, 2021. 

Job Positions for Graduate Students remote work at SOAR

The Office of Undergraduate Advising is hiring five UW-Madison graduate students to work as remote Graduate Advisors during Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) during Summer 2020. SOAR Graduate Advisors will be trained to work with one or several offices that advise incoming undergraduate first-year and transfer students at SOAR. Applicants of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, cities/states/countries of origin, and academic interests are invited and encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is February 27, 2021.

Graduate students can learn more and apply through the Student Job Center using job #497141 or using this link.

Please direct any questions about this position to Jen Walsh, Assistant Director for Summer Advising Initiatives, at

IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Announcement

The Institute for Regional and International Studies at UW-Madison is offering a Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award for Summer 2021.

Complete details on the award can be found at:

The purpose of these $3,000 awards is to support graduate students at the UW-Madison planning to conduct 6 or more weeks of summer fieldwork outside of the United States.

Any continuing graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may apply for these awards.

The deadline to submit completed applications is Monday, March 1, 2021 by 10 am.

Questions about the IRIS Summer Fieldwork Award should be directed to Mark Lilleleht by email at or phone at 608.265.6070.


Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship Announcement

The Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship is now accepting applications from graduate students for Summer 2021 awards.

Two different types of awards are given annually:

- International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students interested in undertaking practitioner internships abroad

- Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research

The program is open to graduate students of any nationality enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, planning to spend 8-10 weeks in the field, and whose work includes a social justice component (see webpage for additional information). Award amounts vary year-to-year and depending on time spent abroad and destination. The average award has been $4,500 over the last three years.

Students enrolled in terminal master's degree programs are not eligible for either SKJ award.

The deadline to submit completed applications is Monday, March 1, 2021 by 10 am.

Complete details on the application requirements are available online at:

Questions about the SKJ Fellowship should be directed to Mark Lilleleht by email at or phone at 608.265.6070.
The 2021-2022 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) competition is now open.

The deadline for submission of a complete application, including all supporting documents, is 10:00 am, Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Go to for information on the application process & campus guidance, documents, resources, and deadlines.

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA funds doctoral candidates (US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents) to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. The grant does not fund research whose focus is on Western European countries (though it does allow & fund research visits to western European countries that are part of a larger project focused elsewhere).

For 2021 there are two areas identified as competitive preference priorities: projects that use the Less Commonly Taught Languages (defined as "any modern foreign language except French, German, or Spanish"); and projects conducted in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computer science, education (comparative or international), international development, political science, public health, or economics.

Applications outside those competitive priorities are welcome and encouraged.

We will offer an information session (and technical review) on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 pm via Teams. Interested students must register for the session by emailing
Advising Available
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  • Graduate students who apply will still need to contact their major program to request a degree warrant from the Graduate School on their behalf.
  • Graduate students may review all degree dates and deadlines here.
  • You may change your graduation term/commencement date after initially applying, but keep note of the deadlines mentioned above. Click here for more information.
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