APSI Announces Inaugural Kristina Troost Prize for Undergrad Project in East Asian Studies

December 15, 2020
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Dr. Kristina Kade Troost

APSI is pleased and honored to announce the inaugural Kristina Troost Prize for an undergraduate project in East Asian Studies.

This new prize honors the work and legacy of Dr. Kristina Kade Troost, who had a distinguished career spanning 30 years at Duke. A historian by training, Dr. Troost was Duke’s first Japanese Studies Librarian and worked diligently to expand the resources for scholars of Asia. She headed the International and Area Studies Department in the Library for 20 years. She also served many years as the much-beloved Director of Graduate Studies for Duke’s MA program in East Asian Studies and even held the position of Associate Director of APSI for a couple years. As one colleague noted in farewell remarks presented at a celebration of Troost’s career, she “played an absolutely critical role in the graduate program at APSI, adding a deeply personal touch to your work with the students, so many of whom have been international students far from home.”

Even after her retirement from Duke, Dr. Troost continues to be actively engaged in the academic community, especially the Triangle Forum for Japanese Studies. Through her various roles, she has made numerous and invaluable contributions to East Asian Studies at Duke and beyond. This is one of the reasons why she was the first recipient of the Council on East Asian Libraries’ Distinguished Service Award (2020).

The purpose of the Kristina Troost Prize is to recognize the best undergraduate project in East Asian Studies at Duke. The project can be in the form of a substantial paper, visual art, film, or digital production, among others. The prize ($450) will be awarded annually by an APSI faculty committee following a review of submissions and given in the spring semester.

To be considered for the prize, students should submit an online application form, a copy of their project, and a nomination letter from a faculty member who supervised the project. Applications for the 2020-21 academic year will be due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2021.