• New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Research Grant. Indiana University. (2019). Empowering Rural Libraries as Sites for Youth Informal Learning through Making. PI: Soo Hyeon Kim, Co-PI: Andrea Copeland. (awarded). 

  • National Science Foundation (DRL 1759259). Collaborative Research: Engineering a Community-Family Partnership: Developing a Program Aimed at Making and Design Practices in Home Environments. PI: Adam Maltese, Amber Simpson, Faculty Associate: Soo Hyeon Kim, Jan 2020 – present

  • IMLS National Leadership Research Project Grant (LG-250059-OLS-21). AI & Co-design in public libraries: Empowering underserved youth to cultivate symbiotic relationships between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and their communities. PI: Hee Rin Lee, Faculty Associate: Soo Hyeon Kim, September 2021 – present

  • IMLS National Leadership Research STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums (STEMeX) program (MG-77-16-0137-16). STEM Pillars: Supporting Rural Communities with Science Stories, Experts, and Inquiry Activities. PI: Heather Toomey Zimmerman, Graduate Researcher: Soo Hyeon Kim, September 2016 – May 2019


  • Penn State World Campus Graduate Student Online Teaching Certificate (2018)


  • Kim, Soo Hyeon. 2006. Communication device for family using hologram in spherical display. Patent Number 10-2006-003825, File Number 1-1-2006-0295989-68, and issued April 27, 2006.


  • Dissertation Research Initiation Grant, College of Education, Penn State University, 2018

  • Graduate Assistantship, Department of Learning and Performance Systems, Penn State University, 2014 - 2019 

  • Graduate Student Travel Grant, College of Education, Penn State University, 2014 - 2019

  • Summer Tuition Assistance Funding, College of Education, Penn State University, 2014 - 2016       

  • Graham Robert Endowed Fellowship, The Graduate School, Penn State University, 2014 - 2015       

  • hSP Huygens Scholarship (Full Tuition and Living Expenses), Nuffic (The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education), 2007 - 2008

  • Full Tuition and Merit-Based Scholarship at KAIST, Ministry of Science and Technology, Korea, 2001 - 2006


  • Selected for the presidential poster session, American Psychological Association, 2021

  • Honorable Mention Award for Short Paper, ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children

  • Ralph T. Heimer Award (Outstanding Achievement by a Doctoral Candidate), College of Education, Penn State University, 2019

  • Encouragement & Acceptance Award, Silver Design and Idea Competition, 2005

  • Steel Furniture Design Competition Bronze Medal, 2002

  • IKEA Competition Semi-Finalist, 2007

  • l’Oréal E-Strat Challenge National Semi-Finalist, 2007