2014 Student-Faculty Fellows Program

The summer 2014 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program was the sixteenth funded by the Freeman Foundation to support collaborative undergraduate research in East and Southeast Asia. Over $307,000 was allocated to thirteen faculty mentors and forty students in three teams led by a single mentor and five teams led by two mentors. They conducted research in Indonesia, Japan, The People’s Republic of China (five teams), The Republic of China (Taiwan), and Vietnam. Among this group were two colleges never before funded through this program (Chatham University and Monmouth College) bringing the number of colleges supported through this program to 104. Counting those supported during this funding cycle, the total number of grants given during the past sixteen years is 193, and the total number of “Student-Faculty Fellows” now comes to 890.

ASIANetwork is grateful to the Freeman Foundation for its extraordinary commitment to fostering undergraduate research and providing the opportunity for college students to have a mentored, in-depth experience in Asia. We also express our appreciation to the faculty mentors, supported by their campus administrators, who lead their students to Asia each summer for these transformative experiences.

Those who have worked with this program from its inception have evidenced the growing strength of Asian Studies programs among participant colleges. This year, we received over two dozen solid grant applications, despite the narrowing of parameters for study in Asia. Proposals are becoming more sophisticated, the credentials of students and faculty are stronger, and the range and depth of research is impressive.

2014Augustana CollegeChinaEmerging Concern over Urban Air Pollution in China: Opportunities and Challenges for Civil Society
Student(s): Mason Broxham ’14, Emma Cox ’16, Jessica Flondro ’14, Anh Hoang ’14, Peter Siepiora ’16, Aubrey Waddick ‘16
Mentor(s): David Dehnel & Xiaowen Zhang, Political Science
2014Belmont UniversityChinaCommodification of China’s New Cultural Industry
Student(s): Anna Croghan ’16, Samantha Hubner ’16, Joseph Minga ’16, John Pino ‘15
Mentor(s): Qingjun Li, Foreign Languages
2014Beloit CollegeVietnamCommunity Tourism and Sustainable Development in Mai Chau, Vietnam
Student(s): Margaret Cress ’15, Jon Hammon ’15, Hilary Walker, ’15, Wenxin Xu ’15
Mentor(s): Diep Phan, Economics
2014Benedictine UniversityChinaInsect Pollinators in China: Survey of the Main Characters and Exploration of Floral Cues
Student(s): Elizabeth Do ’14, Bichnu Le ’14, Firdous Moin ’15, Kyle Turcic ’14, Sivaranjini Velanthottukoottale ‘14
Mentor(s): Steven Day (Chinese) and Cheryl Heinz (Biological Sciences)
2014Chatham UniversityTaiwanCreative Entrepreneurialism, Relationship Networks, and Family Dynamics: A Study of Women-Led Hospitality Businesses in Regional Hubs of Taiwan
Student(s): Chloe Bell ’16, Diana Cabrera ’17, Ashley Henry ’14, Kristina Hruska ’16, Sook Yee Leung ’14, Rachel McNorton ‘14
Mentor(s): Karen Kingsbury (International Studies) and Charlotte Lott (Business and Entrepreneurship)
2014Davidson CollegeChinaSustainable Patterns of Food Production and Consumption in China
Student(s): Thomas DeMarzo ’17, Antonia Giles ’16, Karen Xiaoyun Liu, 14, John Murphy ’16, Lucy Sexton ’16, Elizabeth Stevens ‘16
Mentor(s): Eriberto P. Lozada Jr.(Anthropology) and Jeff Mittelstadt (Sustainability)
2014Monmouth CollegeBorneoUse of Low-Cost Methods to Gauge the Biodiversity of Logged vs. Unlogged Rainforests in Borneo
Student(s): Theo Bloom ’16, Maxwell Holle ’15, Kaitlyn Miller ’15, Alanna Trettin ‘16
Mentor(s): James Godde, Biology
2014Washington & Jefferson CollegeChina, JapanThe Green Practices of Automakers in China and Japan
Student(s): Naomi Bick ’16, Conor Crowe ’15, Hannah Hill ’16, Jake Meyers ‘15, Emma Russell ’16, Maxwell Thomas ‘15
Mentor(s): Robert East (Environmental Studies and Biology) and Yongsheng Wang (Economics)