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MST Alumni Honored at the TC Academic Festival

By • Sep 16th, 2013 • Category: Science Education

MST alumni, Dr. Chong Yang Kim (EdD ’83, Instructional Technology & Media) and Dr. Sreyashi Jhumki Basu (PhD ’06, MS ’03, MA ’02, Science Education), one honored on April 13 at the TC Academic Festival. More information about the TC Academic Festival can be found at

Dr. Chong Yang Kim

Chong Yang Kim is a prominent education leader in Korea who began teaching at Hanyang University in 1982 before eventually serving as the university’s President for 18 years. He is now the chairman of the board of trustees of the Hanyang University Foundation, located in Seoul, which in addition to the university itself, includes a kindergarten, an elementary school, middle and high schools, a women’s college, a cyber-university, two hospitals and several profitable organizations. He was honored with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Distinguished Alumni Awards are awarded by the TC Alumni Association upon alumni who have exhibited extraordinary impact in their respective fields since graduating from TC.



Dr. Sreyashi Jhumki Basu

Sreyashi Jhumki Basu received a BA in Human Biology at Stanford University. Her undergraduate thesis brought her to Russia, where she interviewed homeless children and presented her outreach findings to UNICEF for implementation. For this work, she received the Deans Award for Best Dissertation in the School of Arts and Sciences. While at TC, from which she received her PhD in Science Education in 2006, Jhumki developed an after-school program for a South Bronx school and co-founded a public school in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn. Upon graduating she worked at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, where she was awarded a research fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. She was promoted to associate professor and made tenure by 2008. Jhumki passed away in 2008, at the age of 31, following a seven-year battle with breast cancer. The Jhumki Basu Foundation has since been created in her honor.

Early Career Awards are awarded by the TC Alumni Association upon alumni who have shown promise as a rising star in their field by making a significant impact within 10 years of graduation from TC.

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