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Lee Ae-ran (’09, Food Science and Technology), the first female North Korean defector to receive a Ph.D, was awarded the Secretary of State’s 2010 International Women of Courage given by the U.S Department of State on Mar. 10. Lee was awarded for helping North Korean female defectors recover from physical illness and divorce. Lee has also lectured on leadership for North Korean female defectors. The awards are given to about 10 women around the world chosen by the U.S Department of State in commemoration of International Women’s Day which falls on Mar. 8.