2013 Student-Faculty Fellows Program

The summer 2013 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program is the fifteenth funded by the Freeman Foundation to support collaborative undergraduate research in East and Southeast Asia. Over $386,000 will be allocated to fifteen faculty mentors and fifty-two undergraduate students in teams numbering from three and eight individuals. They will conduct research in Cambodia, China (five teams), Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore & Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand (three teams). Among this group are four colleges never before funded through this program (Concordia College, MN., Hanover College, IN., LeMoyne College, NY., and University of Louisville, KY) bringing the number of colleges funded in this program to 102. Counting those supported during this funding cycle, the total number of grants given during the past fifteen years is 185, and the total number of “Student-Faculty Fellows” now comes to 838.

ASIANetwork is grateful to the Freeman Foundation for its continued commitment to this program, and also to the faculty mentors, supported by their campus administrators, who lead their students to conduct undergraduate research each summer. Those who have worked with this program from its inception have evidenced the growing strength of Asian Studies programs among the colleges who are members of ASIANetwork. This is evident in the growing sophistication of research proposals, and the increasing breadth of research being conducted in a larger number of countries throughout East and Southeast Asia, and also by the strength of mentoring and the stronger credentials of student applicants. We have reason to be optimistic about the future of Asian Studies in the United States.

2013Baldwin Wallace UniversityChinaIndividual Projects: Internet Censorship, Chinese Christians’ Views on Environment and Economy, and China’s Urban Demolition and Relocation Management Policies
Student(s): Erin Amschlinger ’14, Sundous Eddeb ’13, Paul Krause ’15, Daniela Muhaj ’14
Mentor(s): Xudong Chen, Economics
2013Carleton CollegeTaiwan, SingaporeTemple Music in the Chinese Diaspora: Exploration and Preservation
Student(s): Kim Bauer ’13, Yawen Chen, ’15, Joseph Concannon, ’13
Mentor(s): Gao Hong Dice, Music
2013Concordia CollegeSouth KoreaPrintmaking and Related Media in South Korea
Student(s): Turi Anderson ’14, Lauren Johnson ’14, Cheryl Lussky ’14, Bridget Medbery ’13, Jenna Morris ’15, Solveig Swenson ‘14
Mentor(s): Heidi Goldberg & Susan Lee, Art
2013DePauw UniversityMongoliaIndividual Student Research Projects focused upon the Alashan Region of Inner Mongolia
Student(s): Jeffrey Craig ’15, Jason Grullon ’15, Janelle Lyons ’14, Phua Xiong ‘14
Mentor(s): Sherry Jenq-yunn Mou, Modern Languages & Asian Studies
2013Green Mountain CollegeThailandThailand’s Environmental Development
Student(s): Kristen Friedel ’14, Titania Green ’15, Nicholas Ravotti ’14, Luz Guel ‘15
Mentor(s): Sam Edwards, Environmental Law & Policy
2013Hamline UniversityIndonesiaThe Dynamics of Change in a Toraja Village, Indonesia
Student(s): Richmond Fiksdal ’14, Melanie Nomura, ’13
Mentor(s): Elizabeth Coville, Anthropology
2013Hanover CollegeChinaPhysical and Philosophical Daoism: A Study of Taijiquan
Student(s): Slaton Blickman ’15, Tylor Cunningham ’14, Elizabeth Hartman ’13, Timothy Reidy IV ‘13
Mentor(s): Aimin Shen, Philosophy
2013John Carroll UniversityTibet‘Wild West’: Crossing Borders on the Sino-Tibetan Frontier
Student(s): Andrew Dockery ’16, Alexandra Ehrett ’16, Brenton Mineo ’13, Sarah Pawlaczyk ‘15
Mentor(s): Paul Nietupski, Theology and Religious Studies
2013LeMoyne CollegeThailandCultural Sustainability across the Generation Gap in Northern Thailand
Student(s): Leon Cominsky ’13, Emily Powers ’13, Frank Sapere ’14, Kelsey Woodrick ‘13
Mentor(s): Deborah Tooker, Anthropology, Criminology & Sociology
2013Marietta CollegeThailandSustainable Shrimp Farming in Surat Thani, Thailand
Student(s): Alina Keilbasa ’15, Taylor Landrie ’13, Eric Miranda-Marin ’15, Malisa Spring ‘14
Mentor(s): David Brown, Biology and Environmental Science
2013University of LouisvilleMalaysiaMalaysia: The State of Suspension: Refugee Life in Absentia of Global Norms and Models for Resolution
Student(s): Meagan Floyd ’13, Michael Zeller ‘13
Mentor(s): Jason Abbott, Political Science
2013University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireCambodiaThe Monk’s Community Forest: Biodiversity and Ethnobotany in a Cambodian REDD Project
Student(s): Breana Meyer ’14, Kelsey Pischke ’13, Joel Smith ’13, Joseph Weirich ‘13
Mentor(s): Deborah Freund, Biology
2013Valparaiso UniversityChinaThe Shanghai Jewish Refugees: History and Commemoration
Student(s): Kaley Buck ’14, Angela Elliott ’13, Aura Harper-Smith ’15, Peter Keim ’13, Jonathan Mack ’14, Trace Ostergren ‘15
Mentor(s): Kevin Ostoyich & Yun Xia, History