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UW-Madison alum Kim wins 2018 Outstanding Student Research Award from AERA special education SIG

February 19, 2018

UW-Madison alumna Hyejung Kim will be receiving the 2018 Outstanding Student Research Award from the American Educational Research Association’s special education special interest group (SIG).

Kim earned her Ph.D. in special education from the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education in 2017. She is currently working as an adjunct faculty member at New York University in the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Hyejung Kim
This award is for Kim’s in-preparation paper titled, “Intersectionality of Ableism, Racism, and Linguicism: College Enrollment Process among Korean American Students with Autism.”

Kim explains that due to the rapid increase in autism prevalence in the early 1990s, many students with autism are now navigating life beyond high school. In this paper, she introduces one dimension of the postsecondary options, higher education. Although higher education is known to increase one’s chances of social mobility, the opportunities are still limited for students from non-dominant communities in terms of social markers, such as dis/abilities, race, and linguistic backgrounds.

Kim’s award-winning study provides a conceptual space for how individual identities are shaped by other categories of difference, and delineate the mutually inflected sites of marginalization that adolescents with autism face during their transition to college.

The award will be presented at the Special Education SIG business meeting at the AERA Conference in New York in April.