After marrying a man I have been living as a wife of a man and a mother of two children although I had a strong motivation to pursue a professional carrier in the agricultural or biological sciences after my Bachelor's degree. Half of the reason was due to the Korea's traditional culture and the other half due to my own determination to be a good house wife. I have been a teacher in the Korean language schools and in private piano lesson as a piano musician for more than 10 years. I was also involved in a variety of social activities as an assistant administrator in the bible study fellowship (BSF) and as a soprano singer in the church choir (Korean Church).
I had acquired a certificate in Electron Microscopy (Jan. 26. 1987) during my undergraduate research for my junior and senior years at Dongguk University, Korea, under professor Kim, Yong Wook. During this time I had an opportunity to participate in the joint projects with the Agrarian Development Office in Korea as an research assistant. I had participated in the screening process of candidate starting molecules for synthesizing drug molecules in LG chemical company in Daejeon, Korea temporarily for a year (my husband, Sungsool Wi, had worked in LG for 7 years before coming to the United States for his PH. D. degree). Later on when I was in Blacksburg, VA, I had an opportunity to participate as an research assistant (non-paid job) for my husband, Sungsool Wi, who was an assistant professor in the Chemistry department at Virginia Tech (now, he is a scientist in the HNMFL, Tallahassee). I helped my husband for the sampling of NMR measurement, grading the multiple choice problems of quizzes and exams, and organizing his lab space.
Although I didn't pursue my career in the scientific research area after my marriage, I think I still have a potential in somewhere in my brain that is not deep and I think I can revive it easily if a chance is given to me. I can say this without any hesitation because I realize that my desire of pursuing my career in the science or engineering area is still alive.
Received an Excellent Teacher Award
NAKS-Washington Association for Korean Schools
Korean Consulate in Washington D.C.
I have been a piano teacher for kindergarten and elementary school children since my graduation of the college until now because playing piano has been my most favorite interest to make use of my leisure time. I have been teaching children in Seoul, Chicago, Berkeley (CA), Ames (IA), Blacksburg (VA), while living in the school or job place of my husband. I had taught more than 100 people who were Koreans, Korean Americans, Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans, and white Americans. One child I had taught in Blacksburg, VA, recently became a Korean-pop singer in Korea. She had established the youth group orchestra in the Korean churches in Albany, California and in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Professor Sungsool Wi's NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectroscopy Lab
. Professor Yong Wook Kim
. Received a certificate for the operation of Electron Microscopy (Jan. 26. 1987)
. Undergraduate research assistant for the joint projects with the Agrarian Development Office in Korea
• Major Field: Agricultural Science
• Minor Field: Biology
* Currently, the name of the department is The Department of Biological and Environmental Science in the College of Life Science and Biotechnology. When I was enrolled as a student, the name of the department was however the Department of Agricultural Science in the College of Agriculture.
High School Diploma
Ewha Woman's High School, Seoul, Republic of Korea
• Ewha Woman's High School has been one of the best schools in Korea since its establishment by an American evangelist more than a century ago. Traditionally, the alumni of this school had been participating as the leaders in every field of the Korean society during the Japanese colonial period and after the establishment of the Republic of Korea.
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