Thanks to two generous awards, first-year Masters student, Hannah Bassett, will have the opportunity to study Tagalog as well Philippine and Southeast Asia area studies over the next year. The two Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships will support both an intensive summer program and Bassett's second year of school.  Supported by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Affair's Southeast Asia Center, Bassett will participate in an intensive two-month immersion in Tagalog and Philippine culture this summer through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at University of Wisconsin-Madison. "SEASSI fits an entire year of material into the span of two months," Bassett says, "It's very rigorous! I look forward to building a strong foundation of knowledge around not only Filipino language, but the region's culture and history. The insights I gain will provide critical context for my research into fisheries in the Philippines". 

Following the summer program, Bassett will continue her studies of the Philippines and Southeast Asia through a year-long FLAS Fellowship supported by the Jackson School's Center for Global Studies.