Phung ’21 Awarded Jackson International Fund

Plans to Study STEM and Social Change in Australia

February 18, 2020 Caitlin Burns

Thach Phung ’21 is the recipient of the Marie-Louise and Eugene Jackson International Fund for Student and Faculty Development, which is supported by the Windmill Foundation.

Phung, a Mathematics and Computer Science double major, will intern in Sydney, Australia during the Summer 2020 semester. There, she hopes to learn and experience the difference in computing among countries and focus on social change.

“It is my goal to gain experience in the STEM field while representing the underrepresented women of color of lower financial background.” Phung said. “Also, I would like to transform my American perspective to become more global. I believe that in order to grow and advance in the future, we must see our effect on the global scale. By going abroad, I will remove myself from the comfort I have grown dependent on within America and expose myself to the unmarked world.”

The Jackson Fund, established by Marie-Louise Vermeiren Jackson ’09H and her family’s Fourjay Foundation, helps students and faculty in STEM and health science fields participate in international experiences and enact change abroad.

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