After focusing on scientific pursuits during her time in the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences, Christine Lam will spend the summer honing her language skills. Lam, who graduated with a degree in microbiology and immunology – and minors in biology, chemistry and psychology – will study in Chinese in China this summer through the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, awarded to approximately 10% of the more than 5,000 applicants from across the United States.

A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu for undergraduate and graduate students. For further information about the CLS Program or other exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit http://www.clscholarship.org and http://exchanges.state.gov.

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