August, fledgling Emory graduate Michael Coren will fly off
to Cambodia to spend a year reporting on science and the environment.
Coren was one of only eighteen students in the country selected
as a Luce Scholar, a program that provides stipends and internships
for young people to live and work in Asia. The purpose of the
scholarships is to increase awareness of Asia among future American
he has never spent time in Asia (a basic unfamiliarity with
the region is a stipulation of the Luce program), Coren is no
stranger to journalism, and science reporting in particular.
Four internships at daily newspapers and the experience of editing
Hybrid Vigor, an on-line Emory science publication,
have helped him bring together his two passions: science and
journalism. But in keeping with the scholarship criteria, Coren
found time to exhibit student leadership in various organizations
and also received several scholarships and academic honors,
including the United States Naval Science Award Scholarship.
Luce Scholarship will help Coren follow another of his dreams:
travel. Although he wont be able to return to the U.S.
at any point during his stay in Cambodiaanother of the
programs requirementsCoren is unfazed by the thought
of being so far away from home. Instead, he says, Im
slowly checking all the continents off my list.P.P.P.