Carlson School senior Nick Lee is a 2017 recipient of the Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization. He was presented the award at a special March 3 ceremony at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
The award, presented by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, recognizes outstanding student contributions to international education. It acknowledges the important work being done by students at the University to internationalize the curriculum and campus.
Lee, a management information systems major and a computer science minor, was inspired by his own experiences returning to campus after military service in his native South Korea. He collaborated with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and his academic advisor on a Culture Corps project entitled “Academic Impact of South Korea’s Mandatory Military Service.” Through this project, Lee has raised awareness on campus about the two-year military service requirement for Korean male students. His project included researching the academic impact of military service, working with ISSS to provide more detailed information for students returning from military service, and hosting workshops for Korean male students to help them in the transitions before and after their military service.