Mary Gates Endowment For Students

Lu Song

Mary Gates Research Scholar, Spring 2020

Research Project: International Student Belonging and University Involvement

Project Description: It has been demonstrated by various literatures in Psychology and Education that international students face specific challenges while studying in the US. In my study, I am trying to answer the question that: does discrimination and lack of belonging affect international students’ participation in such services and programs in public universities. 

What have you learned throughout your project?

Research studies requires a lot of thoughtful work and dedication. I am grateful that I am able to pursue my research interests with Mary Gates Scholarship and many other peoples’ support. It has taught me how to be a better collaborator, how to efficiently communicate my questions and concerns, and how to better support other team members to together pave forward!

What piece of advice would you give to future Mary Gates Scholarship applicants?

The Mary Gates Scholarship is here to support student leadership projects and research studies. Be confident that you can totally apply and rely on the staff to support your application and progress of the projects! If you are an international student, also don’t shy away from applying for the opportunity. It is one of the most accessible scholarships I have ever attained on campus. If you are passionate about your idea or research, then definitely go for it! We are all here for you!